Sagging skin around the chin and neck is the main reason behind jowls and turkey necks. These can be quite frustrating to deal with as they ruin the aesthetics of your neck. To improve the aesthetics of the neck and chin, without interfering with the appearance of the rest of the upper face, you can undergo a lower facelift.
A lower facelift can be performed which is a cosmetic surgery procedure including the removal of deep wrinkles and excess skin from the neck and chin region. This procedure leaves the neck and chin with a rejuvenated, youthful appearance with a sharp jawline and enhanced natural contours of the neck.
The procedure focuses only on the lower half of the face, and based on the age of the patient, can be referred to as a mini facelift. The main difference when comparing a lower facelift vs a mini facelift is that a mini facelift is a smaller version of a lower facelift that is performed for younger patients.
When comparing different procedures, a comparison can also be made between lower facelift and neck lift as the latter targets the neck while the former targets both, the chin and neck.
The ideal candidates for a lower facelift procedure are those that are beginning to see saggy skin as a result of aging that has yet to affect their entire face. Most of the candidates for a mini facelift are in their early 40s to the late 50s, with those after being better suited for a full facelift procedure.
The mini facelift jowl removal technique makes it the best procedure for those suffering from hanging skin around the chin that is affecting their self-worth and image.
To be able to undergo the procedure, you would need to quit smoking, be physically and mentally healthy, and be able to make an informed decision, meaning that you are fully aware of the benefits and side effects of the procedure.
The lower facelift procedure is performed as an outpatient procedure which can take anywhere between two hours to five hours, depending on the number of procedures being performed simultaneously. As the lower facelift with local anesthesia is the common method of performing the procedure, multiple procedures are rarely performed together.
The side effects of the lower facelift include:
Most of these side effects will resolve spontaneously and do not require any medical attention. The side effects of the procedure can be significantly minimized by choosing the best lower facelift surgeon, who is board-certified, highly skilled, and specialized to perform the procedure.
The lower facelift recovery period is significantly shorter than that of the traditional facelift as it only lasts for about four weeks. However, by the end of the first week, the swelling and procedural appearance of the face are expected to have resolved.
The success and satisfaction rate of the lower facelift are both quite high, ranging between 96 percent to 98 percent, overall. The reduced side effects and the increased success rates are responsible for the high satisfaction rates.
Some of the non-surgical alternatives to lower facelift procedures would be:
The lower facelift procedure is performed either using local anesthesia and intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. The surgeon will make incisions, remove excess skin and fat to achieve the results that are desired, and then suture the incisions.
The lower facelift procedure involves small incisions, around your ear in your hairline, made by your surgeon to better access the excess fat and skin. The surgeon will then pull at your skin to tighten it, highlighting the jawline and taking at least 8 to 10 years from your appearance.
In a deep plane lower facelift, your surgeon will manipulate the muscles lying underneath the skin and pull at them, to give a natural-looking lower facelift. Once this is done, the surgeon will then suture the incisions, hence, marking the end of the procedure.
After a lower facelift, for at least the first week, you will experience mild discomfort, swelling, and bruising. This may hide the real results of the procedure but they will eventually subside, around the end of the first or second week.
By the second week, you will be able to go back to work and resume your day-to-day activities and by the fourth week, it will be like you never even underwent surgery, to begin with. You will just look 8 to 10 years younger than before.
You need to quit smoking at least 6 weeks before the procedure, and alcohol 2 weeks before the procedure. You should also inform your surgeon and primary care physician about any medications you are currently on, that could increase the risk of side effects during the recovery period.
How long does a lower facelift last?
It will last for at least a decade if proper skin care is applied.
How painful is a lower facelift?
The lower facelift is performed under anesthesia and is not painful. However, mild discomfort might be experienced during the first week of recovery. You can manage it with over-the-counter painkillers.
How much does a lower facelift cost?
A lower facelift generally costs around $3,500 to $5,000, but it can cost more if performed with other procedures.
What is the difference between a mini facelift and a lower facelift?
A mini facelift is the smaller version of a lower facelift performed on those in their early 40s.
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