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Aging and weight loss may make the neck sag, which often happens before the face is affected. Bands on the neck or drastic drooping of the skin under the chin can be caused by loose neck muscles. A neck lift can smooth and tighten the skin on the neck and result in a more youthful and toned appearance.
This surgical procedure can drastically improve the appearance of the neck and give a subtle change to overall appearance. A neck lift can be done alone or in conjunction with a facelift, it is often such a subtle difference that friends and family may not even recognize that any surgery was performed at all.
Am I a good candidate for a neck lift?
Anyone who wants to remove sagging skin and tighten loose muscles on their neck are good candidates. They also need to be in good physical and emotional health, having a realistic expectation for the procedure results. These details will be discussed with Dr. Fiorillo, so that you can achieve your desired results under the care of a safe and expert cosmetic surgeon in Pearl River, NY.
What can a neck lift do for me?
Tightening loose skin and muscles, removing of fat pockets, eliminating bands of muscle that droop, are all characteristics that are correctable with a neck lift. This procedure can aid in regaining a slender, youthful appearance at any healthy age. Used with facial liposuction and/or a facelift, this will further re-define the jaw and optimize the results.
*Results may vary
How is a neck lift performed?
Under general or local anesthesia with sedation, the procedure will take approximately two or three hours, depending on the preference of the patient. Usually, this procedure is done on an outpatient basis.
A small, inconspicuous incision is made directly below the chin and sometimes behind the crease of the ears as well. The neck lift includes removal of excess skin (cervicoplasty) and removal or alteration of muscles in the neck (platysmaplasty). Also, liposuction may be used to remove any excess fat during the procedure. Incisions are sutured closed and the procedure is completed.
What is the recovery from a neck lift like?
Some swelling and bruising can be expected, maybe lasting up to 10 days. Patients are advised to avoid twisting or turning their head the first few days. Cold compresses and keeping the head elevated for the first 48 hours following the procedure can help minimize swelling. A prescription for pain relievers is likely to be provided to help manage pain and discomfort.
After about one week, the sutures will be removed. Most people return to work and normal daily activities within two weeks of the surgery, after the bruising and swelling subside. More strenuous activities can resume in about four to six weeks.
Most patients who undergo neck lift surgery are extremely pleased with the results. The results of a neck lift can last up to 10 years, and as you continue aging, you will always look younger than if you had never had a neck lift.
What are the possible risks of a neck lift?
As with any surgical procedure, there are certain risks involved in a neck lift, including problems with anesthesia or infection. After the surgery, you may experience dry skin, tightness, and a burning or tingling sensation. There is also a risk of facial nerve damage that may occur during surgery and can result in muscle paralysis.
Although these complications are rare, they emphasize the importance of choosing a skilled and experienced surgeon like Dr. Fiorillo, premier cosmetic surgeon in Pearl River, NY, for your cosmetic procedures. He will provide pre-op and post-op instructions so that any negative side effects will be prevented or greatly minimized.
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