A neck lined with wrinkles and sagging skin is a dead give away of your age. even if you have a young looking face, this part of your body will betray your years to on-lookers. A neck lift is a plastic surgery procedure that can restore the youthful appearance to your sagging muscles.
A neck lift is also called a cervicoplasty and involves the removal of sagging skin and the tightening and repositioning of the neck muscles or platysma. It is often combined with other plastic surgery operations like face lifts, brow lifts, forehead lifts or other facial enhancements.
During this two to three hour plastic surgery procedure, the surgeon will make an incisions underneath the chin that extends up behind the ears, after giving the patient either local or general anesthesia. the skin will be loosened from the underlying muscles tissues and pulled back.
The muscles are then tightened using sutures and unwanted fatty deposits can be removed by liposuction or with the plastic surgeon’s scalpel. the neck skin is stretched up toward the chin and any extra sagging skin is removed and the incision is closed up. the result is a smoother, slimmer, younger looking head-torso connector
Patients who have undergone this procedure will experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort during the first few days after the plastic surgery. You will be advised to rest post-op and you may have a drain placed under your skin to collect fluid to reduce the time and pain of the healing process. the drain will be removed after one or two days.
The surgeon will also instruct you to wear a compression garment that will cut down on swelling after your plastic surgery. You will wear this around the clock for the first week and thereafter only at night until the wounds are all healed up.
Your post plastic surgery pain can be managed with medications prescribed by your cosmetic surgeon. While the entire recovery period will take longer, most people are able to return to work and normal activities about two weeks after the neck lift.
What Are the Risks?
The risks of neck surgery are minimal and complications are rare, as it is a very safe surgery, but there are a few potential risks involved in any surgery. first, these include the risk of infection in the incision. You can help prevent this problem by keeping the wound clean and not applying any makeup or other products over the incision. Another possible risk is an allergic reaction to the anesthesia or post-plastic surgery drugs.
Good Neck Lift Candidates
Those who are good candidate for a neck lift are those who are of generally good and stable health. Smokers are required to quit at least two weeks before the surgery in order eliminate potential problems with the healing process caused by nicotine.
Good candidates are also those who have realistic expectations of the surgical results. this will make all the difference in finding the most satisfaction from a neck lift from a trained and experienced plastic surgeon.