Neck Lift - A procedure using an incision behind the ears in the hairline or in the neck crease to tighten the underlying neck muscle and overlying skin.
What should I expect?
An incision will be made under your chin and either in front of or behind your ears. The neck muscle and any fat in the neck is reached through these incisions allowing the muscles to be tightened or removal of excess fat. The fat may be removed by liposuction or cutting it out, depending on what you and your plastic surgeon discussed. Once these steps have been taken, the skin of the neck is put back in place and any excess skin is removed. Your incisions will be closed with small sutures. Your surgeon will let you know if the sutures will need to be removed or if they will dissolve on their own. In some cases a drain may be placed under the skin to collect any fluid. This will help with any post op swelling or discomfort and will only be necessary for a day or two. In the event the drain is needed for a longer period of time, you will be instructed on how to care for it.
How should I prepare?
Refrain from taking aspirin, ibuprofen and some herbal supplements before surgery as these may increase bleeding. It is best to stop smoking several weeks before and after your procedure. Any form of nicotine may cause problems during the healing process. On the day of the surgery, be sure to wear a blouse or shirt that does not require being pulled over your head or neck.
What are the risks?
Some side effects after the procedure may include: swelling, bruising, tightness, tingling, numbness, burning or pulling. These effects may last several days but are not a cause for concern. As with any surgery, infection is a risk. If you experience a fever or any unusual discharge from the incision site, contact your doctor immediately. Although it's very rare, you could have an allergic reaction to medications given during or after your surgery. Any and all drug allergies should be discussed at the pre-operative appointment to avoid these types of reactions.
How do I ensure my safety?
Be sure you have this procedure performed by an appropriately trained plastic surgeon in an accredited facility. Also, ask to see photos of previous results.
What will recovery be like?
In most cases, one may return to work after 10-14 days of recovery, however your doctor will inform you of your personalized recovery time. Much of your recovery and return to work will ultimately depend on your pain threshold and your needs.
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