Facial and neck aging involves changes to the skin, loss of volume of the soft tissues in the face, relaxation of the fibrous/muscular tissues, the descent of the soft tissues of the face, and volume loss in the facial bones. Sun exposure, genetics, stress, environmental factors, and weight loss can make these changes more apparent. The result is the formation of rhytids (wrinkles) and laxity (looseness) in the skin, loss of cheek volume, jowl formation, collection of adipose tissue (fat tissues) under the chin and neck, bands in the neck and loose neck skin.
Dr. Cynthia M. Gregg is a highly regarded, double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who performs facelift surgery for men and women in Cary, Raleigh, the surrounding areas of North Carolina and across the nation.
Facelift surgery is used to address the laxity of the tissues of the lower face and neck. Depending on the type of facelift performed, the tissues of the midface, lower face, and neck are tightened to restore youthful fullness to the cheeks, restore the youthful contour to the jawline, and tighten/smooth the contour of the neck.
Facelift surgery is performed in our fully accredited surgery center under intravenous sedation and usually takes from three to four hours, depending on the extent of surgery. Incisions are placed within the natural contours of the face around the ears and behind the hairline so they are inconspicuous The excess soft tissue, muscle and skin is repositioned and tightened. A compression dressing is placed at the end of the procedure and is worn for 24 hours.
The compression dressing is removed the following day, and a smaller dressing is reapplied. Patients can expect swelling and bruising around the site of the surgery, which begins to resolve during the first one to two weeks. Dr. Cynthia M. Gregg uses the most advanced techniques to hide all incisions and limit the size of the incisions. Makeup and skin care regimens can usually be resumed ten days after surgery. Patients have a minimal downtime of 1-2 weeks before returning to work. We ask those patients traveling from out of town to stay for the first night following surgery.
Meet with Dr. Cynthia M. Gregg and see a simulation of your possible results with our Vectra 3D imaging system.