Frequently Asked Questions About Neck Lift
A neck lift is an aesthetic plastic surgery that improves the look of the neck by tightening tissue and removing excess fat. While a facelift addresses these same issues, a neck lift involves a small incision made under the chin instead of an incision that travels around the ears. The neck lift can be performed on its own or as part of a facelift.
You must be in good health. Having skin with plenty of elasticity is also important. You need to be honest with your plastic surgeon about issues that may cause complications, such as the use of blood thinners. If you are a smoker, you must be prepared to stop smoking before your surgery and for a period of time after the procedure.
In the early stages of the consultation, you will discuss your goals with your plastic surgeon. Your plastic surgeon will decide if it is possible to achieve your goals without removing or tightening tissue. If tissue needs to be removed, a facelift-type incision may be a better option.
Once the plastic surgeon decides a neck lift is possible, you’ll move on to discuss the best options for anesthesia. For some people, general anesthesia is ideal, but that means someone must be on hand to drive you home. For less extensive procedures, local anesthesia may be better. The doctor discusses each option with you and answers any questions you may have.
Some medications and supplements increase the risk of bleeding during and after the surgery. You will be told to avoid certain medications for a few weeks. These medications include pain relievers like aspirin and ibuprofen, garlic supplements, vitamin E supplements, and some herbal remedies. You should also avoid alcoholic beverages.
A small incision is made just below the chin. Superficial fatty tissue is removed and then the platysma muscle is sutured to tighten the muscle. The skin is put into position, and the incision is sutured. The doctor finishes the surgery by covering the incision and neck with compression bandages. In some cases, incisions may be made around the ears.
Following a neck lift, expect bruising and swelling. These symptoms are normal and recede after a few weeks. What isn’t normal is fever or strange discharge, such as pus, from the incision site. If that happens, contact your doctor.
Every patient heals differently, but most patients return to work in 10 to 14 days. Avoid strenuous workouts and activities for at least three weeks or as long as your doctor recommends.
There is always a risk of allergic reaction to the anesthesia, though rare. Infection is another potential risk.
It’s also important to know that the final results may not be exactly what you expected. If a patient will not be able to handle anything less than perfection, a neck lift may not be a good choice.
Neck lifts are considered to be aesthetic plastic surgeries, so insurance rarely covers the procedure. If the procedure is to correct damage following an accident or due to a medical condition, talk to your health insurance company or primary care doctor to see if coverage is offered. Also, make sure that undergoing an aesthetic plastic surgery will not affect your premiums or future insurance coverage.