Neck Lift

Neck Lift2021-05-06T16:05:18+02:00

What is a Lower Rhytidectomy?

Lower rhytidectomy, or neck lift surgery, reverses the signs of aging in the neck, lower jaw and under the chin. Excess skin and fat is removed and skin is “tightened”. A neck lift can also either remove or tighten muscle banding in the neck to smooth contours.

The results are a smoother younger looking neck with less sagging skin and creases. It can also remove the double chin or turkey neck effect and heavy jowls and lines. This procedure does not affect the face area but rather the area below, it is often combined with a deep plane facelift. Aging will continue but the appearance of your neck will be significantly improved.

FAQ

How do I plan for a neck lift?2020-12-21T19:12:26+02:00

During the first consultation we will investigate whether this surgery is suitable for you. If it is we will discuss your expectations so that you have a good understanding of what can be achieved and what the realistic expectations should be.

What is the procedure for a neck lift?2020-12-31T10:31:49+02:00

Under general anaesthetic I will make the type of incision to suit the procedure, either in the small crease under your chin or this combined with a facelift type incision around the ears and back towards the hairline. Here I may tighten the platysma muscle, move and sculpt fat, prominent submandibular glands
and reposition tissue. Skin will be redraped over the new contours and excess skin removed.

How should I prepare for surgery?2020-12-30T20:05:52+02:00

Before your surgery, you may be asked to stop smoking for 2 – 4 weeks prior to the procedure. Nicotine retards the healing process, and quitting for as long as possible before surgery helps improve blood flow.

You might also have to have a blood test before surgery is performed.

You should stop taking certain medication, like aspirin and some anti-inflammatory drugs. You may need to stop taking some vitamins and supplements so be sure to disclose what you are taking. Let your surgeon know whatever medication you use since you may need to adjust these. Avoid recreational drugs.

Be sure to arrange for transport to and from the clinic, since you will not be able to drive yourself after the procedure.

What can I expect after a neck lift?2020-12-31T10:32:26+02:00

You can expect a little discomfort and tightness in the first week but the pain medication should help ease this. There may be some swelling, bruising, numbness and tingling but this is seldom severe. Use a cold compress to reduce swelling.

You should be able to return to normal activities within 2 – 3 weeks.

Avoid strenuous activities including heavy housework and exercise for at least 2 weeks. Avoid alcohol and smoking and minimise sun exposure. Avoid hair dryers and hair products with strong chemicals. Don’t use saunas, steam baths or spa baths while recovering.

What are the risks of a neck lift?2020-12-21T19:13:35+02:00

With any surgery, there is a (low) risk of post-operative infection, bleeding and swelling.

Risks that are specific to neck lift surgery include hair loss around the incision area, asymmetry or uneven lines, and hematoma. Nerve injury near the lower lip can occur, but is very rare.

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