What sort of anesthesia do you usually use when performing the necklift?
I do all my facelift and necklift work under local ( infiltration with Xylocaine ) anesthesia and simple oral sedation with Valium and\or Ambien. This completely removes the anesthesia risk and saves the patient a few thousand dollars. If done with experience and skill there is very little discomfort to the patient.
I'd like to get a necklift. Will this fix neck banding and how is this done?
A standard facelift or necklift will not completely address neck banding or the “Cobra” effect on grimacing. If the Platsyma muscles pull forward on your neck to any degree they will need to be cut and released from under the chin to relax them. I would caution against sewing them together however as this leaves a very unnatural look to the neck.
About how long does it take for the average facelift surgery?
After 30 years and over 2500 facelifts it takes me about 2-3 hours to complete a full facelift start to finish. Some surgeons take longer. Anywhere over 4-5 hours though is unnecessarily long and should be avoided.
I would love to have a facelift. I have been thinking about it daily. I want very natural looking results so that no one can tell that I have had a facelift. Will this be possible? I am 57 years old, and still have very youthful skin.
You hit it on the nose. No matter how tight or well-lifted a facelift is it absolutely cannot look like the results of surgery. Looking like you had “work” done completely ruins everything. And there is no need; a great facelift result, removing years of aging, can be done without evidence of you having had any surgery. You must choose a surgeon who has years of experience, and above all an artistic eye and understands that the idea is to look better but not like you have had any plastic surgery at all.