The neck is one area of the body that often betrays our age. Over time, the skin may begin to sag. If you are hoping to turn back the hands of time, a neck lift can help. Weight loss also can contribute to hanging, loose skin and weakened muscles in the neck.
For anyone concerned about the appearance of their neck, a neck lift can remove excess skin and fatty tissue from the neck and tighten neck muscles to re-define the jaw and neckline.
What do I Need to Know?
A neck lift is performed through a small incision under the chin or through minimal incisions behind the ears
In conjunction with a facelift, the neck muscles are tightened and loose skin is lifted and re-draped over the neck and jawline.
When a neck lift is performed separately from a facelift, the neck muscle is tightened through incisions behind the ears with the excess skin removed.
Am I a Candidate?
Women and men from all walks of life have chosen this procedure, including:
Those who have sagging, hanging, neck skin and slack neck muscles.
Those who are undergoing a facial procedure that can be complemented with a neck lift.
How Will I Look and Feel Afterward?
During the initial healing process, swelling and bruising can occur and the skin on the neck may be numb for a period of time. Some discomfort or pain may be alleviated with prescription pain medication.
A compression garment may need to be worn for several weeks. Aging and weight gain can alter the results of surgery over time. A return to work and light activity can usually be expected within 10-14 days after surgery. More strenuous activities should be avoided four to six weeks.
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Neck Lift Before and After
1. If you are a smoker, you should stop completely. This will help to avoid respiratory complications and to improve circulation to the surgical areas.
2. Abstain from taking aspirin, aspirin containing products, or any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents for at least 2 weeks prior to surgery.
3. Avoid alcoholic beverages for at least 24 hours prior to your surgery.
4. Do not eat or drink after midnight the day of your surgery. If you must take medications on the day of surgery, you may take them with a small sip of water.
5. You will not be allowed to drive yourself home after surgery. Please make arrangements for a family member or friend to pick you up.
6. Do not apply any body lotions, creams, antiperspirants, hair treatments, or make up on the day of surgery.
Abstain from taking aspirin, aspirin containing products, or any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents (see attached list) for at least 2 weeks following your surgery.
You will be prescribed pain medications and antibiotics. You should plan to gradually decrease your intake of pain medications to avoid nausea or constipation.
Antibiotics will be required until the drains are removed unless otherwise advised by your doctor.
If you are a smoker, you should abstain from smoking immediately. This will help to avoid respiratory complications and improve circulation to the surgical areas.
Avoid alcoholic beverages until advised by your doctor.
Drink at least 8 glasses of water for the first 3 days.
We recommend you consume only liquids the evening after your surgery. You may then slowly advance your diet the following day to soft and bland foods i.e. mashed potatoes, over-cooked pasta, eggs, etc. It is suggested to stay away from dairy products for 3-4 days.
You should keep your head elevated and refrain from bending, lifting, or straining for 3 days.Walking is important to help with leg circulation and should be increased gradually each day as tolerated.
During the first several days, you will feel more comfortable sleeping with your head elevated. To assist with this, we recommend you sleep on a recliner or place pillows behind your back.
Do not lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk for the first week. You may then lift as much as 20 pounds for the next 3 weeks. After 4 weeks, you may engage in vigorous activities, sex, and exercise as tolerated.
You will not be allowed to drive until advised by your doctor.
You will have dressings placed to your head at the time of surgery. These will be removed the following day.
You will return to the office for suture removal in approximately 4 days. Several key sutures will remain for approximately 2 weeks.
You will be allowed to shower after your first postoperative visit. It is permitted for soap and water to come in contact with your incisions. It is not permitted to immerse yourself in a tub or pool until advised by the doctor.
Do not apply any body lotions, creams, vitamin K, or other skin treatments to your incisions until advised by your doctor.
Bruising, Oozing, Swelling, Emotional ups and downs, Numbness, Itching, and Discomfort