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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