What should you know about a neck lift? What happens during the first consultation?
Due to the natural aging processes the face and neck skin goes through certain changes, in the course of which the tightness of the skin decreases; as a result of gravity it begins to subside. In the case of extensive weight loss or gain the skin sags and elongates, which may be aesthetically disturbing. The neck lift restores the neck’s previous shape by eliminating the superfluous adipose tissue and epidermis. The first consultation with the plastic surgeon is of particularly great importance. It is practical to prepare in advance, think through your questions and expectations concerning the neck lift.
During the first consultation the plastic surgeon examines you and makes a recommendation regarding the type of correction. He informs you whether the neck liposuction should be supplemented by another correction. You will be informed about the process of that plastic surgery procedure as well. At the consultation you have the chance to see the reference photos of the plastic surgeon.
Preparing for the neck lift
Before the neck lift you must go for a complete medical check-up. The reason for this is to find out whether you have any health problems that could have an influence on the neck lift. All preliminary examinations are made at our Plastic Surgery Institute, saving you the pains of queuing and waiting in other health centers. In the course of the examination laboratory tests and as occasion requires, other examinations (ECG, X-ray, etc.) are performed according to the suggestion of the surgeon.
In certain cases we advise our patients to change their lifestyle in the days preceding the neck lift. To facilitate the proper recovery, it is important that you do not smoke, because nicotine slows down the processes of regeneration and harmfully influences the healing of the wound. In the days before the neck lift you should eat light food, drink lots of fluids and take some vitamins (vitamin C, selenium, zinc). Two weeks before the neck lift surgery avoid the use of aspirin, ginko biloba and other naturopathic products.
In some cases it is sufficient to perform a neck liposuction for restoring the contour of the neck. Under the age of 45, when only the multiplied adipose tissue causes a problem and the skin still retains its tone, the superfluous amount can be eliminated by liposuction. However, over the age of 45, when the flexibility of the skin gradually decreases and an excess of skin is present as well, a neck liposuction should be supplemented by a skin excision. The duration of the neck lift surgery is about 1-1.5 hours, which is performed under general anesthesia.
The techniques of the neck lift
The technique of the operation means the choice and localization of the necessary incisions. Before the neck liposuction the plastic surgeon marks the places of the necessary incisions. The scars stay completely hidden behind the ears. Through these previously marked incisions a thin tube is inserted. Using vacuum and back-and-forth movements, the plastic surgeon loosens and eliminates the superfluous adipose tissues.
To decrease bleeding, before the start of the neck liposuction an astringent and anesthetic solution containing minerals is injected to the given area. In case the connective tissues under the skin are weak and the skin has lost its tone, the neck liposuction is combined with excising the superfluous epidermis. In this case, the incisions are made behind the ears and on the scalp. The surgeon preparates the skin, unifies the separated neck muscles if necessary, eliminates the superfluous skin, and then he closes the wound with self-absorbing stitches.
Recovery and risks of a neck lift
After the neck lift you must spend one night in our Plastic Surgery Institute. We aim to make the period after the neck lift as convenient as possible for you. In order to do this, a waterproof bandage is placed on the wounds on the day after the neck lift surgery, so you can even have a shower at home. After the neck lift you must wear a flexible fixing band for 2 weeks. Our institute provides you with these items of clothing. After the neck lift, sensitivity, swelling, and blood shots may occur, but they will go away in a few days. It is not necessary to lie in bed during the recovery; you can freely manage your to-dos at home.
In three weeks time you can start to do light exercises. Sunbathing, going to swimming pools and the use of solarium and sauna must be avoided for 2 months. After the neck lift you have to attend control examinations on the 7th and 14th day, and the 6th and 12th week. Before the neck lift we aim to filter out the possible risk factors with preliminary examinations, but even so unpredictable complications may occur. Such complications can be the following: infection, oedema, serous oedema, uneven surface, or the formation of a keloid scar.
The results of the neck lift
After the neck lift you will obtain a younger look, your neck will be tighter, and you can say goodbye to your disturbing double chin as well. The results of the neck lift can be seen after a couple of weeks, but the final shape will evolve in 6 months.
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