Suture Suspension, Face Lift and Neck Lift Topics
- Background of face lifts
- Best Candidates for a face lift
- Uncertainty & Risks of a face lift Planning for Surgery
- Preparing for face lift plastic surgery Where the Surgery is Performed
- Anesthesia How the face lift Surgery is Performed
- Methods of face lifts
- Q&A about face lift plastic surgery
Background on Suture Suspension
Suture suspension is a radical new procedure intended reduce the fatty deposits and loose, flabby skin along the neck and face. Many patients who initially thought a face and neck lift was the only solution are discovering the benefits of this incredible procedure.
Traditional neck and facelifts usually required a surgeon to make large, dramatic incisions across the scalp to remedy the effects time and lifestyle had on the face, but by using several small incisions right behind the ears and long internal sutures doctors can now contour and shape the neck without resorting to invasive and complex surgery.
Best Candidates for Suture Suspension
The best candidates for Suture Suspension necklift/facelifts are people who have flabby, cubby, or loose skin in and around the neck and do not want to submit to the pain, expense, and discomfort commonly associated with traditional facelifts or necklifts.
Uncertainty and Risk for Suture Suspensions
Although every surgical procedure is inherently risky, Suture Suspensions are one of the safest plastic surgeries. Consult with your board certified plastic surgeon with any questions you might have regarding this procedure.
Planning for Suture Suspension
Because this surgery is such a new procedure there are not many standard examples of what is the best direction for everyone. Your doctor will assess your case individually to determine how a Suture Suspension necklift/facelift will best suit your individual needs.
Preparing for Suture Suspension
Preparing for a suture suspension necklift/facelift is important. Before your procedure you should quit smoking, because smoke prevents blood circulation to the skin which can prolong healing. You should also limit or eliminate your intake of aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs, because these medications inhibit your blood clotting.
Where the Suture Suspension Surgery is Performed
Suture Suspension necklift/facelifts can be performed in a hospital, doctor’s office, or freestanding surgical center. They are virtually always an outpatient procedure, but if combined with other surgeries you may be required to stay a bit longer in the hospital.
Types of Anesthesia
Because it is a relatively less invasive procedure, Suture Suspension necklift/facelift are usually performed under a local anesthetic and oral sedation. If it is combined with other procedures such as a face, brow, or eye lift your surgeon may elect to use general anesthesia. Consult with your doctor before the surgery to find out all the details.
How the Suture Suspension Surgery is Performed
The surgery begins with small incisions behind the ears, chin, and jowl areas. After excess fat is removed, your surgeon will insert small surgical devices into the incisions to tighten and contour skin and muscle to the new shape of the neck. Internal sutures provide support for the now taut, smooth, and younger looking skin. The entire procedure rarely takes more than an hour.
Post Op / Recovery
After the surgery your neck and chin will be wrapped in a supportive sponge dressing or elastic neck sling that must be worn day and night for at least a week. Initial bruising and swelling should dissipate within four to six weeks and totally disappear in a few months. You are then left with the smooth, younger look you’ve only dreamt about.
Suture Suspension – Neck Lift Methods
Contour ThreadingContour Threading is an exciting new development in the field of facial plastic surgery. Using specially designed bio-compatible threads with delicate cogs that “snag” internal tissues, plastic surgeons can dramatically change the appearance of your face in a manner of hours, often without the prolonged and painful old-fashioned facelift surgeries.
The procedure begins with a few small, discrete incisions along the hairline or behind the ears, where your doctor inserts the Contour Threads under your skin. These threads have little hooks and barbs that attach themselves to the tissues, and when your surgeon pulls them taught they boost and tighten the tissues they touch. These threads are designed to optimally lift several points along the skin and muscle which provides uniform lift and contour.
Unlike older facelift procedures, Contour Threading requires no general anesthesia, minimum recovery times, immediate satisfaction, and less risk of dangerous complications such as blood clots or infection. When combined with other techniques such as Thermage that stimulate new collagen production, a Contour Threading facelift is the perfect option for anyone who wants to put their best face forward.
Suture Suspension Questions and Answers
Am I a good candidate for suture suspension?
If you have loose, fat, or sagging skin around your neck and lower jaw and don’t want to resort to a drastic and painful facelift, you are an excellent candidate for suture suspension.
- How will my plastic surgeon evaluate me for suture suspension?
Your initial consultation will provide your surgeon with the specific information to provide you with the appropriate level of care. The quality of the skin around your neck and chin, as well as the availability of fat deposits will greatly contribute to a positive outcome of your Suture Suspension Necklift / Facelift.
- Where are the suspension sutures placed?
After the doctor makes the initial incisions behind your ears and chin they will then use long internal sutures to create definition and enhance the natural contours of your neck. These sutures will reinforce your body’s natural internal load bearing tissues and prevent your neck from developing “turkey jowls.”
- I understand that every surgical procedure has risks, but how will I learn more?
Although every surgical procedure carries a certain degree of risk, Suture Suspension Necklift / Facelifts are one of the safest forms of plastic surgery. Consult with your board certified plastic surgeon to understand all the risks and benefits of your procedure.
- How should I prepare for surgery?
You should quit smoking at least two weeks before the surgery because smoking can increase the time it takes your skin to heal. Avoid taking aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs because they can prevent your blood from clotting properly. It is also advisable to arrange a ride home after your surgery, and to have someone take care of you for a day or two afterwards.
- What will the day of surgery be like?
The day of the surgery will pass quickly, as the procedure rarely takes more than an hour. Your doctor will most likely use a local anesthetic combined with an oral sedative, but if you are combining your Suture Suspension Necklift / Facelift with other procedures you may need a general anesthetic, in which case you will sleep through the entire operation.
- How will I look and feel initially?
Although the procedure rarely causes significant pain, residual soreness and discomfort is easily manageable through medication. Avoid aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs however. Be sure to elevate your head when you rest in order to provide adequate blood circulation that aids in healing. You will be required to wear a special collar that promotes healing and prevents the shape of your new neck from shifting position. Any swelling and bruising should disappear after a few weeks, but should they linger concealing cosmetics should allow you to rejoin your social life.
- When can I resume my normal activities?
The stitches and sutures around your incisions usually come out after approximately 10 days, but you should avoid strenuous activity for a week or so after. You should avoid any activity that strains your head and neck for as long as your doctor says you should.
- What will the results be of my Suture Suspension Necklift / Facelift?
As long as you take care to take time to heal from your surgery, your new neck should last you many years. Avoid direct sunlight for a few weeks after your procedure, and always wear sunscreen to protect the quality of your skin. Once you heal completely you will be able show your new slimmer, tighter, and younger looking neck to anyone and everyone.
- What is a Contour Thread Lift / Thread Lift?
A Contour Thread Lift / Thread Lift is one of the most innovative and amazing ways to benefit from tighter younger looking skin without having resort to the pain, expense, and inconvenience of traditional facelifts. The procedure can be done with local anesthetic over a lunch our, is minimally painfully, has a short recovery time, is relatively inexpensive, and results last a very long time after the surgery. Using a simple local anesthetic, your doctor inserts several long, thin, barbed needles under the skin through barely noticeable incisions along the hairline. The barbs on these needles are fine and delicate cogs that gently attach to skin which allows the doctor to gently pull the skin tight and smooth. Once the skin is lifted your doctor will use special Contour Threads™ to hold the tissues in the new position, and over time new collagen will grow around the threads which enhances your facial contours and makes you look years younger.