Necklifts

Procedure:

Improve sagging facial skin, jowls, and loose neck skin by removing excess fat, tightening muscles, and redraping skin. Most often done on men and women over 40.

Length:

Several hours.

Anesthesia:

Local with sedation, or general.

Side Effects:

Temporary bruising, swelling, numbness and tenderness of skin; tight-feeling, dry skin. For men, permanent need to shave behind ears, where beard-growing skin is repositioned.

Risks:

Injury to the nerves that control facial muscles and feeling (usually temporary but may be permanent). Infection. Poor healing; excessive scarring. Asymmetry or change in hairline.

Recovery:

Back to work: 10 to 14 days.
More strenuous activity: 2 weeks or more.
Bruising: 2 to 3 weeks.
Must limit exposure to sun for several months.

Duration of Results:

Usually 5 to 10 years.