Long-lasting elective cosmetic procedures are consistently among the most popular rejuvenation techniques. Face and neck lifts are most commonly requested to correct features such as sagging cheeks, jowls, deeply creased facial folds and wrinkles, and excess neck fat and skin. Hormonal Imbalances Face lifts have been a favorite for decades in Orange County, Newport Beach and is routinely used to combat the onset of the drastic effects of aging. The degree, speed of onset, and sequence of aging varies based on both intrinsic and extrinsic factors. Intrinsic factors can be described as a loss of facial fullness, a decrease in skin elasticity, and a loss of bone density. Major extrinsic forces include hormonal imbalances, diet, smoking, daily stress, and chronic sun exposure. A combination of these factors will result in undesirable signs of age. Like a fingerprint, every patient’s face is unique. Each face provides a unique set of aging issues. Historically, facelifts encompassed skin-pulling techniques that resulted in a tight and sometimes unnatural appearance. However, most board-certified plastic surgeons utilize state-of-the-art techniques to rejuvenate the face. A properly performed face or neck lift not only addresses the sagging skin, but also attends to the deeper facial structures unique to every patient, leading to a much more natural look and preventing what is known as the classic “windswept” look. Face and neck lifts are designed to “turn back the clock” by decreasing the most visible signs of aging by removing excess fat, tightening the deep facial structures, and tightening the skin of the face and neck. Face lifts are popular because they make patients look and feel more youthful, confident and fresh. Sagging Cheeks, Deep Wrinkles, And Neck Fat In order to to correct sagging cheeks, jowls, deep facial wrinkles, and excess neck fat and skin, the procedure is performed through carefully placed incisions. Deep, sagging facial structures and skin are tightened and the neck skin and fat are contoured, giving the patient a more youthful appearance. This is, nevertheless, a surgical undertaking and anesthesia is required before any face or neck lift. Generally, it is performed under oral or intravenous sedation, but general anesthesia is available at the request of patients who have a higher degree of anxiety about surgery. The procedure itself lasts two to three hours, depending on the patient’s rejuvenation needs. Facelift & Necklift Recovery Most facelift patients can return home the night after surgery and are provided with a set of post-procedure recovery instructions. Overnight stays at the surgical facility are relatively rare but, however, can be provided for if complications arise or at the patient’s request. Follow-ups are usually scheduled for the next day following surgery and for the next day a week after the last follow-up to remove any stitches and to monitor recovery. While most patients return to work in a week, they are instructed to refrain from physical exertion for a period of two weeks. Swelling and bruising usually subside in two to three weeks. An elastic compression garment may be prescribed to be worn around the lower face and neck for approximately one week. Stiffness and some soreness in the neck are common after surgery. Although a narcotic pain medication is prescribed, many patients report only using it for the first day and then switching to over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol.