As we age, the neck tends to change in appearance. The skin loses laxity and fat decreases, causing the appearance of jowls and a droopiness of the neck and chin. Muscles also lose their strength and wrinkles, age spots and blood vessels become more prominent. As the neck is such a noticeable and prominent feature, the alterations in appearance can cause a drop in self-esteem or confidence. Fortunately, a neck lift is able to change the look of the neck and create a more youthful appearance.
A neck lift will lift the soft tissue of the neck and reposition it, making you appear younger. Many people often choose to combine a neck lift with other procedures, such as a facelift, in order to achieve a full facial rejuvenation.
Am I a good candidate for a neck lift?
To be able to have a neck lift, you will need to be:
- 18 years or older
- Physically and mentally healthy
- Have a healthy BMI (between 18.5 and 24.9)
- Have realistic expectations of what the procedure can achieve
While there is no maximum age limit for a neck lift, younger patients will have better skin laxity and may, therefore, experience better results. During your consultation, your surgeon will be able to assess your skin laxity and determine whether or not you are suitable for a neck lift or may need other procedures instead, such as neck liposuction.
Neck liposuction is a better option if you have excess fat which you are wishing to remove; a neck lift is suitable if you are wishing to remove excess skin.
What does a neck lift involve?
A neck lift will be performed under a general anaesthetic. It will take about two to three hours to complete.
The procedure involves the surgeon making incisions behind the ears or under the chin. This means any scarring will be minimally noticeable. The excess skin is then removed, and the incision is closed and sutured.
What is the recovery period like?
Following the neck lift procedure, you will be fitted with a garment which will need to be worn for the first week post-op. This garment will help to reduce swelling and bruising, therefore speeding up the recovery period. It will also help to keep your new neck in the ideal shape.
After the procedure, you will experience some bruising and swelling, as well as some pain and discomfort. The surgeon will give you medication which you can take to help with any symptoms.
As the procedure involves incisions, you will have a scar behind the ears or beneath the chin. These are made as discreetly as possible in order to avoid being noticeable. The scars will be more prominent after the neck lift, however, with time they will fade in colour and size.
If your self-esteem and confidence are damaged because of your excess skin on your neck, you may wish to undergo a neck lift. To be a suitable candidate, you will also need to be in good physical health, have a healthy BMI (between 18.5 and 24.9) and have realistic expectations of what surgery can achieve.
You will need to stop smoking at least two weeks prior to surgery. Smoking can cause problems both during the procedure and throughout the recovery period. You may also need to stop taking certain medications. During your consultation, it is important to tell your surgeon about every medication you are taking so they can advise you on whether on not you need to stop taking it. Some medications may cause problems during surgery, such as causing excess bleeding.
You will be given a general anaesthetic, so you will be asleep during the procedure. The surgeon will make incisions behind the ears and underneath the chin. Excess skin will be removed and the incision will be shut and sutured.
It is normal to experience some pain and discomfort for at least one week following the neck lift. You will have to wear a compression garment during this period, which will also help to reduce any bruising and swelling.
You will have to avoid any vigorous physical exercise during this period.
You will need to take up to two weeks off work.
A neck lift is suitable for those who have excess skin on their neck and beneath the chin. Liposuction is a more suitable option for those who have excess fat.
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