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Face Lift

Procedure :

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


Length :

Several hours.


Anesthesia :

Local with sedation, or general.


In/Outpatient :

Usually outpatient. Some patients may require short inpatient stay.


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 or feeling (usually temporary but may be permanent). Infection, bleeding. 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.