What is a Neck Lift?

As we age, the effects of gravity, sun exposure, and daily stresses can be seen in our necks.  A neck lifts significantly diminish signs of an aging neck by eliminating excess fat, tightening the underlying muscles, and lifting the skin and soft tissue to give you a revitalized, naturally youthful appearance.  Facelifts are often done in conjunction with these procedures for a harmonious restoration of definition and balance to all areas of the face.

Who is a Neck Lift Candidate?

The best candidates for neck lift are those who want to improve the loose skin and excess fatty deposits under the jaw or chin, which can make a person of normal weight appear to have a double chin.  This operation is especially useful in those with skin laxity which will not conform to new contour by liposuction along or minimally invasive treatments or injections.

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Neck Lift Surgery Pre-Op and Post-Op

How do I prepare for my Neck Lift?

Your surgeon will examine your face and neck and will discuss the variables that may affect the procedure such as your age, the size, and shape of your neck, and the amount of fat and quality of your skin. Be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery.

What happens during a Neck Lift?

Neck lift is usually done as an outpatient, or inpatient (with an overnight stay in the hospital) under general anesthesia or conscious sedation. The surgery usually takes two to three hours.  Fat may be sculpted from the neck, and underlying deeper tissue, such as the muscles, is repositioned and lifted.  Skin is redraped over the uplifted contours and the excess skin is removed, giving a smoother, firmer tone to the neck.

The neck lift incision begins in front of the ear lobe and wraps around behind the ear ending in the lower scalp.  There are different variations of this incision, such as shorter incisions, depending on the laxity of the tissue being suspended.

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What is the Neck Lift Recovery Process?

For the first few days, the area may be swollen.  A bandage may be gently placed around your face and neck and the dressings should remain dry and intact. A small tube may be placed in the neck to drain off blood and fluids for 2 to 3 days. You may feel some pain for first few days, especially when you cough or move around. Your surgeon will prescribe pain medication. The bandages will be removed within a week after surgery. Your stitches will be removed in 7 to 10 days. Most patients can return to work (if it’s not too strenuous) and social activities in about two weeks.

What are the Risks of a Neck Lift?

Complications are infrequent and minor, including bleeding and bruising, infection, or fluid collection.  Poor healing and possibly wide scars are possible in smokers.  Numbness and sensory changes of the neck, with possible changes to your muscles of facial animation due to nerve injury is possible.

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