Neck lift surgery often coincides with a facelift due to the proximity of the neck and face. Good candidates for this procedure are in optimal physical and emotional health and understand what is possible with cosmetic surgery. If you are pleased with your procedure, a Facelift may be your next option!
What does neck lift Surgery correct?
Neck lift surgery can:
- Tighten loose skin on the neck and under the chin
- Eliminate a double chin and “turkey neck”
- Improve the angles of the chin and jawline
- Smooth horizontal lines on the neck
Neck Lift Surgery
Neck lift surgery is typically performed in an outpatient surgery center. The patient is given either a sedative and a local anesthetic or general anesthesia. The procedure begins with small incisions that begin just in front of the ears and loop up and over to end behind the ears. As an alternative, some procedures may be conducted through a small incision below the chin. This is discussed prior to surgery so the patient knows what to expect.
Through incisions, deeper muscle and connective tissue are lifted upward to correct sagging. Loose platysma muscles that cause neck banding are tightened, if necessary. In some cases, liposuction is performed to remove accumulated fatty tissue that is causing a double chin. Excess tissue and skin are trimmed and incisions are closed. The process can take from 2 to 4 hours depending on which techniques are involved.
How long will my neck lift last?
The results of neck lift surgery can last approximately 10 years. The better a patient cares for their skin with professional-grade products and sunscreen use, the better their neck will look with age.
What is the recovery process like?
Patients who undergo a neck lift can expect bruising and swelling to last up to 10 days after their procedure. These side effects can be managed with cold compresses. Patients should also sleep with their head elevated for at least the first few days of their recovery. Prescription pain medication should be taken as directed to prevent unnecessary discomfort. Patients are encouraged to avoid turning their head during their initial recovery to allow incisions to heal as well as possible. A follow-up visit occurs approximately one week after surgery to remove sutures and observe the progress of healing.
Typically, patients resume normal activities, including going back to work, within 2 weeks of their surgery. By this time, a substantial amount of swelling and bruising will have gone away. Strenuous activities that increase heart rate should be avoided for 4 to 6 weeks.
How soon will I notice results?
The results of a neck lift will be noticeable right away. However, because swelling continues to decrease for up to six months, the final outcome from surgery may reach its peak several months after treatment.
Will I have scars after neck lift Surgery?
Neck lift surgery is performed through hidden incisions, similar to a facelift. These are situated around the earlobes and behind the ears, where resulting scars are barely noticeable.
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