Face lifts to the neck or the face and neck, are surgical procedures designed to rejuvenate the face, neck or both. The object is to reposition the facial tissue layers that have sagged with age, relocating facial tissue and repositioning lost volume. Typically, candidate patients for this procedure are over 45 years old and present a saggy and tired facial appearance. Face lifts are frequently combined with other lipofilling procedures in order to improve the facial oval, as well as with eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty due to the fact that facial and/or neck ageing is usually not isolated but comes with other signs of ageing around the eyes.

Face lifting is designed to correct the features of facial ageing, whilst neck lifting does the same for the neck (saggy jawline, chin and neck folds, etc). The combination of both procedures (face and neck lifting) is very frequent because both areas age at the same time, although there are cases when only one area requires operating on.


Surgery time

The procedure lasts between 4 and 5 hours, according to the face lift or neck-face lift, and if it’s necessary to accompany it with lipofilling or fat injections. This length of time may be modified if eyelid surgery is added.


General anaesthesia is typically used in order to better monitor the patient as well as for the convenience of the operation.


Lifting requires admittance to hospital.


The recovery from a full lifting usually requires around 2 weeks when the stitches will have been taken out and the patient will be able to carry out normal daily activities, whilst it is recommendable to wait until a month after the operation before doing more strenuous activity.


Lifting consists of repositioning saggy facial tissue layers, both skin as well as muscular layers, in order to tighten these structures by means of incisions in front of and behind the ear that are later unnoticeable. In case of necessity it can be accompanied by lipofilling or shaping by injecting fat obtained from the patient’s own body. Typically, the drain is left on until being removed after 24 hours, along with a bandage or pressotherapy apparel.


Post-operative care after a lifting typically requires an overnight stay at hospital. The patient should take his habitual medication (should this be the case). The pressotherapy apparel or bandage is maintained for as long as necessary (about 2 weeks). It is not a painful process but, nevertheless, we provide all the medication required for recovery. Strenuous effort should be avoided for about 15 days, whilst the stitches will be taken out between the first and second week following surgery. It is also recommendable to perform some lymphatic drain massages in the area operated on. The appearance of swelling and bruising is frequent, although after 10-15 days this is mostly resolved. It is important to stop smoking when the decision has been made to undergo this operation.


The price of the procedure varies according to the areas to be treated, the type of anaesthesia to be used and the need for hospitalization.



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