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Neck Lift

A neck lift is a cosmetic surgical procedure that targets sagging or wrinkled skin in the neck area, commonly referred to as a “turkey neck.” It aims to improve the neck’s appearance by tightening the underlying muscles and removing excess skin. The procedure can provide a more youthful and defined neck contour. With advancements in techniques, minimally invasive options such as neck liposuction and non-surgical treatments like radiofrequency therapy are also available. A neck lift can help restore confidence and rejuvenate the overall facial profile.


What is a neck lift?

A neck lift is a surgical procedure that aims to improve the appearance of the neck by addressing signs of aging, such as sagging skin, excess fat deposits, and muscle banding. It involves tightening the underlying muscles, removing or repositioning excess skin, and, in some cases, liposuction to remove excess fat.

Who is a suitable candidate for a neck lift?

Suitable candidates for a neck lift are individuals who have noticeable signs of aging in the neck area, such as loose or sagging skin, visible muscle bands, or excess fat deposits. Good overall health, realistic expectations, and a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon are important factors in determining if a neck lift is the appropriate procedure for you.

How is a neck lift performed?

A neck lift is typically performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. The surgeon makes incisions, usually behind the ears and/or under the chin, to access the underlying neck muscles and tissues. The muscles may be tightened or repositioned, excess fat can be removed through liposuction, and any loose or sagging skin is trimmed and re-draped. The incisions are then closed with sutures.

What is the recovery process like after a neck lift?

The recovery process after a neck lift can vary depending on the extent of the procedure and individual factors. Initially, there may be swelling, bruising, and discomfort, which can be managed with pain medication and proper rest. A compression garment may be recommended to support the neck during the healing process. Most individuals can return to work and light activities within two weeks, but it may take several weeks to fully recover and see the final results. Strenuous activities should be avoided for a few weeks.

Are there any risks or potential complications associated with a neck lift?

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks and potential complications associated with a neck lift. These can include infection, bleeding, adverse reactions to anesthesia, scarring, changes in sensation, hairline distortion, asymmetry, and dissatisfaction with the results. It’s important to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon experienced in performing neck lifts and discuss potential risks and complications with them. Following their pre- and post-operative instructions carefully can help minimize risks and achieve optimal results.

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