I tell my patients that it is quite rare to have a problem with the
scars that result from a face lift operation. Even on a man with short
hair, they are difficult to find.
This view also demonstrates that the jowl can obscure our view of the jaw
line in the before picture; the face lift restores the smooth contour of the jaw
while tightening the skin in the neck.
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My plastic surgeon doesn't use drain tubes after Neck Lift/Facelift. Is that okay?
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Dr. Denenberg's answer: Drains after facelift
This is a question that cosmetic surgeons discuss regularly and you will find many different opinions. Most feel drains do help minimize seromas (fluid collections under the skin) and improve the recovery process. Some surgeons use fibrin sealants which also work well. Others just depend on dressings and pressure. In general, however, if your surgeon is experienced with facelifts and getting excellent results, then whether or not they use drains should not be an issue.
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