Neck Lift Overview
A neck lift is a surgical procedure performed to tighten the tissue and skin of the neck to eliminate sagging skin, wrinkles, and folds. A micro-neck lift is an option for some patients who wish to just eliminate skin hanging from beneath the chin and jaws.
- Preparation: Before you undergo a neck lift, you should stop taking blood-thinning medications, such as anti-inflammatory drugs and aspirin, for at least two weeks before surgery. If you smoke, you should quit for at least two weeks before and after the procedure. If you are over the age of 45, you will need to receive medical clearance by an independent physician before undergoing surgery.
- Anesthesia: The type of anesthesia may depend on the extent of the surgery being performed. In most cases, general anesthesia will be used.
- Some of the surgical processes that may be necessary in a neck lift are liposuction, cervicoplasty, and platysmaplasty. Liposuction removes excess fat; cervicoplasty removes surplus skin; and platysmaplasty is performed to tighten the neck muscles. After a neck lift, a patient’s the jowls, double chin, and wrinkles on the neck should be eliminated completely. The neck should appear more firm and smooth.
Neck Lift FAQs
Who is a candidate for a neck lift?
You should consider a neck lift if you suffer from sagging or drooping skin, wrinkling, banding, or other signs of aging on the skin of the neck. A neck lift can help re-define the jaw line and tighten the underlying tissue and skin of the neck for a more taut, firm appearance.
What is the recovery time for a neck lift?
Depending on the extent of the procedures performed during your neck lift, recovery time can vary and may take up to a month. Expect some bruising and swelling, especially if liposuction is performed. Antibiotics and pain medication are usually prescribed after this type of surgery, and you will typically need to wear bandages and an elastic wrap around the surgical site while it heals. Stitches are usually removed within the first week after your surgery.
Are there risks or side effects with a neck lift?
While a neck lift is a safe and commonly performed surgery, as with any surgery there are some risks and possible side effects. These may include infection, excessive bleeding, and unfavorable scarring. Dr. Vallecillos will thoroughly discuss any possible side effects with you during your pre-operative consultation.
How long do the results last?
Results from a neck lift are long-lasting, though the aging process may render additional, later procedures necessary.