A facelift will improve sagging facial skin, jowls, and loose neck skin by removing excess fat, tightening muscles, redraping skin. The procedure is most often done on men and women over 40.
The length of the procedure lasts several hours and is performed typically in an outpatient setting. Side effects include temporary bruising, swelling, numbness and tenderness of skin, tight feeling, and dry skin.
Risks are rare but could cause injury to the nerves that control facial muscles or feeling (usually temporary but may be permanent). Infection and/or bleeding can occur. Poor healing could result in excessive scarring, asymmetry or change in hairline.
Patients can return to work after 10 to 14 days. Patients with more strenuous activity can return in 2 weeks or more. Bruising will last 2 to 3 weeks. Sun exposure should be limited for several months after the operation. The duration of the results usually lasts 5 to 10 years.