Facelift in Athens
Improving sagging facial skin, crow’s feet, sagging cheeks and jowls, and loose neck skin by removing excess fat, tightening muscles then redraping skin. Most often performed on men and women over 40.
Back to work: 10 to 14 days
Strenuous Activities: 2 weeks or more
Bruising: 2 to 3 weeks. Must limit exposure to sun for several months
A rhytidectomy or facelift is designed to restore a more youthful appearance to the midface/cheek area, as well as the neck and jowl region by removing major wrinkles and sagging skin. If there is excess fat in the neck or chin region, this can simultaneously be addressed with liposuction or direct excision. A facelift can improve a tired facial appearance by smoothing the skin and reestablishing defined contours along the neck and jawline. It is often done in combination with other procedures including a browlift and eyelid surgery to create an overall harmonious, youthful result.
The surgery is done under general anesthesia and typically takes 4-6 hours. A traditional facelift incision often begins in the hairline at the temples, continues around the ear and ends in the lower scalp. Fat may be sculpted or redistributed from the face, jowls and neck and underlying tissue is repositioned, commonly the deeper layers of the face and the muscles are also lifted. Skin is redraped over the uplifted contours and excess skin is trimmed away. Postoperatively patients may have a drain in overnight as well as head and neck wrappings. After these are removed, patients are often required to wear a removable chin strap for several weeks. Sutures are usually removed 7-14 days after surgery but it is usually 2 to 3 weeks before most patients feel socially presentable..