Skin surrounding the neck region and jaw line begins to sag which is the initial sign that reveals the aging. Therefore, facial and neck lift surgery is the most important operation to erase traces of aging. Our face is divided into three different anatomical regions. The upper face, which is one of these three regions, consists of temple region, forehead and eyebrows. The interventions applied to these regions are called upper face lift. The middle face includes the cheek and upper lip region, the interventions applied to these regions are called mid-face lift operation. The lower face includes the jaw line and neck region. Either lower face or neck lift operations may be applied to lower face. The aforementioned surgical intervention may be applied to each region individually and respectively or the surgical intervention to be applied to several regions may be scheduled together.
How plastic surgery is performed?
Face and neck lifting operations are performed complying with the same techniques in a classical way. The objective is to remove the excessive skin that accumulates in front of and behind the ear by applying incision and to keep it around the ear during lifting. The surgical incision made during neck lifting procedure is takes a shorter time and the removed skin is generally hid behind the ear. In both surgical interventions, the SMAS and Platysma muscle are hung upwards. The sagging and wrinkles on the face and neck are eliminated, the jaw angle becomes sharper, and a tight decollete view is acquired. Classic face and neck lifting operations may be combined with endoscopic upper and middle face lifting operations. Eyelid aesthetic and micro-fat injection can also be performed simultaneously.
How does the surgery proceed?
The operation takes 2 hours provided that only neck lifting is scheduled to be performed, 3 hours if face lifting, 4 hours if accompanied by endoscopic upper face lifting, 5 hours if eyelid surgery is added, and 5.5 hours if a micro-fat injection is also performed. The operation is performed under general anesthesia. The patient must be kept under observation in the hospital for 1 or 2 nights and prescribed to rest at home for at least a week before returning back to work. Provided that one week of rest is completed abiding by the medical prescriptions, an air travel may also be preferred. A bandage is applied on the face after the surgical intervention to be removed by the end of the next 24 hours. The patient can take a shower on the 3rd day following the surgery and face may be washed as well.