Under all these names is known the largest procedure, and also with the most "rejuvenating" effect, in facial plastic surgery.
This procedure is indicated when the grooves between the upper lip and the cheek (nasolabial groove) or between the lower lip and the chin (mentolabial groove) have accentuated, and in addition, the cheek has descended, causing the regular contour line between the chin and jaw to vanish, as well as when there is, to a greater or lesser extent, flaccidity in the neck, and / or abnormal fatty deposits in the neck area (jowl)
It encompasses recovering the normal tension of the muscular system associated with facial expression on the cheeks and neck, removing excess fatty tissue present in this area, as well as surplus skin due to sagging. To accomplish all of this, it is necessary to make a cut with conventional scalpel or laser, on the skin of the ear region, and behind it (for adequate camouflage of the residual scars).
When performed simultaneously with frontoplasty and blepharoplasty, it is referred as "full face lift" or complete facial rejuvenation surgery.
As with any facial surgery, disability does not depend on pain (which is usually moderate to minimal), but on the presence of inflammation or bruising. These vary from patient to patient, according to the type of skin, and can last between 3 days and a week.
The first few days after surgery we should apply cold locally (cold gel bags). It greatly reduces inflammation, bruises and pain.
Our biggest enemy in facial surgery, during the postoperative period, is sunlight, and more specifically the sun ultraviolet rays. They can cause dark spots in those areas where were bruises were present, especially in the eye bags’ area. Those eye bags, with their dark tone, can get permanently accentuated.
Usually between the 4th and 6th week, we can go back to "normal life", resume gym routines, go to the pool or the beach. Also, about the same time, we can start watching the procedure’s end result.