Neck lift surgery is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of your neck and eliminate the signs of aging such as wrinkles and fat deposits. This surgery is performed, usually in combination with facial lifting (cervicofacial procedure). Logically, if a patient decides a facelift done, you probably need a neck for a more harmonious and complete result.
Neck lift surgery can be performed as a single procedure or in combination with facelift. The option you choose and the characteristics and needs of the patient the technique is derived. Usually liposuction is performed in the submandibular area if the patient has the “double chin” to redefine the mandibular edge and improve facial contour. The surgeon makes incisions that allow you to reposition and stretch the skin tissues. Skin and excess fat removed, leaving a nice, firm neck.
There are different types of neck lift procedures:
Combination Neck lift
Who is an Ideal Candidate for this Procedure?
In general, good candidates for a neck lift surgery include:
- Individuals who want to reduce excess wrinkling of the neck skin
- Healthy individuals who have no medical conditions that interfere with healing
- Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic expectations
Who is not Eligible for this Procedure?
- Individual who wants to change the fundamental appearance of neck.
- Overweight individuals
- Individuals who have medical conditions that can impair healing or increase risk of surgery
- Pregnant females
How is the Neck Lift Surgery Performed?
First, anaesthetic medications are administered that include intravenous sedation and general anaesthesia. Depending on the degree of improvement you’d like to see, the neck lift techniques include a traditional neck lift incision or a limited neck lift incision. Fat may be extracted or redistributed from the neck and the tissue underlying the neck skin is tightened. Skin is then wrapped over the uplifted contours and excess skin is removed. A separate incision under the chin is often necessary for liposuction of this area. Sutures or skinadhesives close the incisions.
What are the Pre and Post-Operative Care Steps?
- Please keep away from tobacco and alcohol for one week prior to the surgery and 2 weeks after surgery.
- Please inform your surgeon about all routine medications and significant health history.
- Please obtain the prescription medications ready for use when you return home after surgery.
- Arrange someone who will drive you home and stay with you that evening.
- A thin tube may be present to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect under theskin.
- Care for the surgical site and drains by applying medications to reduce the risk of infection.
- Keep your head raised above the level of heart to minimize swelling and to keep yourhead straight. Avoid excessive twisting or bending of the neck.
During your recovery from neck lift surgery, a bandage could gently be placed around your face and neck to minimize swelling. You should expect a slow return of normal function of the neck over a couple of weeks. The total recovery time for an arm lift can last between two and four weeks.
What are the Risks involved?
Neck lift surgery risks include:
- Anaesthesia risks
- Temporary or permanent hair loss along the incisions
- Facial asymmetry
- Rare nerve injury
- Fluid accumulation
- Unfavourable scarring
- Skin loss
- Unsatisfactory results