What Is a Weekend Neck / Facelift?
The Weekend/ Neck Facelift combines two techniques in one procedure to address both the jaw line and the neck tissue. The tissue is elevated and returned to where it belongs without putting tension on the overlying skin or incision.
Patients often ask how long the results from this facelift can last, and the answer to this is simple: We typically see patients return after about 10 years to have a modified version of this procedure done. What we generally see at this time are patients who are still looking better 10 years later than they did 10 years prior. These lasting results are seen in patients who lead a healthy lifestyle.
The Weekend/ Neck Facelift is completed using a combination of local and general anesthesia. Having a surgeon who exclusively operates on the face and a highly specialized team assisting in surgery typically results in less swelling and bruising for the patient. We inform patients that there is a ten to fourteen day recovery period.
To perform the procedure, incisions are similar to the Extended Weekend Facelift except it gets a little longer extending into the hairline. Sometimes an incision is made under the chin. Several different combinations of techniques are used to achieve the desired outcome for each individual patient depending on his or her needs and expectations. Chin augmentation, liposuction and buccal fat removal are some of the more common techniques used in conjunction with this procedure.
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Why Should You Consider a Weekend Facelift and Necklift?
This unique facelift treatment is an ideal option for those wanting to see natural results in the lower one-third of their face. This procedure is not designed to treat everything; however, it can effectively remedy conditions of the neck and jawline, including what is commonly referred to as a “turkey neck.” Additionally, it can also be used to help minimize the appearance of a double chin.
If you’ve considered other types of facial or neck reconstructive surgery but opted against them, this option may be the right one for you. If you are bothered by marionette lines and saggy neck skin, this option is likely a better fit. It is often sought by patients who are bothered by the appearance of their neck. The treatment is highly effective and long lasting.
Weekend Facelift and Necklift Consultation with Dr. Williams
Dr. Williams employs multiple techniques in order to achieve your personal enhancement goals. The incision locations will be determined by your unique facial features and neck contours. Dr. Williams believes it is important to have realistic goals and expectations combined with a detailed understanding of the procedure. He will discuss submental lipocontouring or liposuction, among other techniques, to address neck and jaw line issues. A computerized imaging system allows Dr. Williams to project potential post-procedure and post-healing outcomes. Two to three weeks before your scheduled procedure you will be asked to schedule an appointment with one of the nurses to help prepare you for your upcoming procedure. Lab testing is sometimes required along with an updated History and Physical by your doctor.
Procedures are performed in the AAAHC accredited New England Laser and Cosmetic Center in Albany, New York, directed by Dr. Edwin Williams, M.D., F.A.C.S. A staff of nurses specifically trained in plastic surgery assist Dr. Williams and manage your recovery. The facility houses two fully equipped operating rooms and a recovery room. The facility complies with all the strict guidelines and standards mandated by the federal government for operating rooms. Procedures are performed using reliable anesthesia performed by a highly trained anesthesia providers who monitors you throughout the procedure.
Dr. Williams of Albany, New York, specializes in a vast array of facial and neck rejuvenation services. With any of his services, Dr. Williams makes it his goal to customize his treatments for his patients to provide solutions that range from the most and comprehensive treatments to the least invasive procedures. For patients who want an effective treatment for the chin, neck, and jaw line with the most rapid recovery, Dr. Williams offers the Weekend/Neck Facelift which is referred to as the traditional facelift.
What Does the Procedure Involve?
This procedure involves an incision line extending from the temple hairline down around the hard part of the ear, hugging the back of the ear and into the hairline. The procedure takes roughly two-and-a-half to three hours to complete. This process is similar to the traditional lift in a number of ways.
Because all of our treatments are customized to your individual needs, sometimes a liposuction or lipocontouring component is utilized to reduce the appearance of the fatty changes in the face and neck over time. Following this step, careful measures are then taken to tighten the muscles of the neck to improve upon neck bands and folds with natural outcomes.
You are asked to arrive in our outpatient surgery center about an hour prior to your surgery. An I.V. would be started and paperwork would be signed. Our specialized team is well known for helping patients to relax and alleviate their stress during this time; we hear this from our patients all the time!
After the procedure you will recover under the supervision of a trained plastic surgery Registered Nurse. The snug dressing placed on your head during surgery should be left in place until your office visit which should occur the following day. At that time, a looser head dressing will replace the snug dressing and remain in place for a few additional days. Your third day post-surgery may include showering and shampooing. Sutures are generally removed six to eight days post-surgery.
Altogether these procedures combine to minimize sagging in the chin and neck and to improve the appearance of the jawline. It is one of the most effective ways to “turn back the hands of time.”
Are There Any Risks Associated Weekend/Neck Facelift?
No surgical procedure is without risks. However, the risks associated with this treatment are decreased because of the experience your surgeon has. The most common risks associated with this treatment include bruising, scarring, and swelling. Additionally, some patients may experience clotting at the incision site, excessive bleeding, and in some unusual rare cases, infection. Additional, less common risks include temporary or long-term nerve damage, mild skin discoloration, facial stiffness, and hair or skin loss at the surgical site.
In most cases, recovery suggestions include mild pain medications, cold compresses at the surgical site to reduce swelling, and rest. Keeping the head elevated is also advisable. To ensure that the incision heals properly and to minimize the risk of negative side effects and scarring, patients should maintain all follow-up appointments.
FAQs for the Weekend/Neck Facelift
Are there risks involved with the procedure?
This facelift technique is the traditional facelift which has been successfully performed for years. However, as with any surgery, there are potential risks involved. Swelling, bruising, neck tightness, temporary numbness and discomfort are the most common side effects.
How soon can I return to work after the Weekend/Neck Facelift?
Most patients are able to return to work in 10 to 14 days. However, it really depends on the type of job a patient has and how much physical labor is required, as well as the amount of bruising and swelling one has.
How painful is the Weekend/Neck Facelift?
With any surgical procedure there is a certain amount of discomfort. Our patients typically will take pain medication for a few days and then only Tylenol after that.
How big is the incision for the Weekend/Neck Facelift?
The incision location for the Weekend / Neck Facelift procedure is dependent upon your unique facial and neck contours. The exact location will be discussed during your pre-procedure appointments. Generally the incision typically starts in the temple around the hairline, continuing down along the hard part of the ear and right up in back of the ear, and continues into the hairline.
Incisions are initially red and slightly elevated after surgery. This discoloration and swelling should subside within a few weeks and ultimately become almost undetectable. Sutures are typically removed six to eight days after the procedure. Makeup can be applied to the incision lines roughly 14 days post-surgery. Hair coloring is best applied prior to the procedure or six weeks post-procedure.
What is the Cost of the Neck Lift / Facelift?
The cost for the Weekend / Neck Facelift is $10,500 to $11,500. Additionally, there will be operating room and anesthesia fees. The AAAHC accredited New England Laser and Cosmetic Center in Albany, New York, directed by Dr. Edwin Williams, M.D., F.A.C.S., is committed to transparent pricing. More information may be found on costs at the New England Laser and Cosmetic Center webpage.
How long does the surgery take?
The surgery typically takes two-and-a-half to three hours from start to finish.
How long do the results from this facelift last?
We see patients coming back to the office after about ten years to have a modified version. These youthful results can last for years.
Who Is an Ideal Candidate for the Weekend/Neck Facelift?
This treatment is effective for both men and women of all races. Ideal candidates for this procedure are individuals in good health with mild to moderate loose or sagging skin around the cheeks, jowls, and neck. Most patients are between the ages of 35 and 75; however, individuals in their early 80s may also be considered. To ensure candidates are a good fit for the treatment, we complete a thorough medical history and discuss concerns and expectations with each candidate.