Your skin is a wonderful organ – it protects you from the outside world and is amazingly resilient. Unfortunately, while skin can be amazingly elastic, it is often unable to retract after being stretched. Many people who undergo significant weight loss are dismayed to find large, sagging folds of skin in different parts of their bodies. Body contouring surgeries such as the tummy tuck can restore the natural appearance of the skin by removing some of this excess tissue.
But what about the face? After significant weight loss, many people are left with faces that appear deflated – with a large nasolabial folds and extensive jowls. The skin on the cheeks often gets the most dramatic changes. As a result, even younger people can appear much older than they actually are.
But it doesn’t end of the face. In many cases, changes to the neck are even more devastating. The sagging skin from the face can blend downwards into the net, which also carries deep, heavy folds – the condition commonly known as “turkey neck.”
Facelift Surgery After Massive Weight Loss
In these cases, the best option is a facelift surgery, which can be combined with a neck lift. During facelift surgery after massive weight loss, a cosmetic surgeon will use long incisions hidden at the hairline, looping around the front of the ear. To repair the neck muscles, a cosmetic surgeon may also create an extra incision under the chin.
One thing that many people find about weight loss is that some pockets of fat are more persistent than others. With neck liposuction, a cosmetic surgeon can refine the contour of your neck – as a standalone procedure or alongside a facelift or neck lift.
With these procedures, a cosmetic surgeon can restore a natural-looking contour to the face and neck after massive weight loss. While you may need to take one to two weeks to rest and recover after facelift surgery, most patients agree that the long-term benefits of facelift surgery greatly outweigh any inconvenience.