After the operation you will find that your hairline has been ‘lifted’ and in the case of a man, the beard growth will be closer to, and extend back below the ear. The procedure will normally take between 2-5 hours and will require one night in the clinic. Incisions usually begin above the hairline at the temples, extend in a natural line in front of the ear (or just inside the cartilage at the front of the ear), and continue behind the earlobe to the lower scalp. If the neck needs work, a small incision may also be made under the chin. In general, the surgeon separates the skin from the fat and muscle below. Fat may be trimmed or suctioned from around the neck and chin to improve the contour. The surgeon then tightens the underlying muscle and membrane, pulls the skin back, and removes the excess. Stitches secure the layers of tissue and close the incisions. Following surgery, a small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin behind your ear to drain any blood that might collect there. The surgeon may also wrap your head loosely in bandages to minimize bruising and swelling. This may be accompanied by a ‘tight’ feeling and numbness. You will be advised to keep all head movements to a minimum during these early days, to avoid straining the stitches. At between 5 and 14 days after the operation the stitches will be removed and at this time you will be able to resume your normal day to day activities with few exceptions. The chances are excellent that you'll be happy with your facelift, especially if you realize that the results may not be immediately apparent. Even after the swelling and bruises are gone, the hair around your temples may be thin and your skin may feel dry and rough for several months. Men may find they have to shave in new places-behind the neck and ears-where areas of beard- growing skin have been repositioned. You'll have some scars from your facelift, but they're usually hidden by your hair or in the natural creases of your face and ears. In any case, they'll fade within time and should be scarcely visible.