The “cervico-facial lifting” is intended to treat sagging skin and muscles of the face and neck, so that the face can regain the appearance it had a few years ago.
The most common indications
This type of procedure is indicated for the slackening of the oval of the face as soon as signs of ageing appear, often from the age of 45 to 50.
The cervico-facial lifting does not modify the appearance of the eyelids, but aesthetic surgery of the eyelids may be combined with the procedure. It also does not change the appearance of the skin (wrinkles, fine lines, …).
Before the procedure
The preoperative assessment of the lifting is carried out in accordance with medical protocol and our anaesthetist will see you at the latest 48 hours prior to your procedure.
DAY D – 30: It is strongly recommended to stop smoking.
DAY D – 10: Stop taking any medication containing aspirin.
Average duration: between 2 and 3 hours
The cervico-facial lifting is carried out as follows:
- The incisions are largely hidden in the hair and around the ears.
- From the incisions, the surgeon proceeds with a detachment under the skin, then retightens the muscular plane in order to correct the sagging while maintaining facial expression.
- To conclude, the skin is naturally redraped (excess skin is removed) and sutured without tension. A bandage is usually placed around the head.
After the procedure
After the lifting, there is a painful feeling of tension, especially behind the ears and around the neck, and an oedema (swelling) and ecchymoses (bruises) appear in the neck and chin area. The bandage and drains are removed the day after the procedure. The bandage will then be replaced by a chin strap, which must be worn permanently for several days.
A term of 2 to 3 months is ideal to appreciate the result of a lifting, even if the scars are still a little pinkish and hardened and only fade after some time. Treated persons report that they are satisfied with their more rested and relaxed appearance, with a noticeable rejuvenating effect, which still looks natural.