Neck Lift Surgery Eliminates Excess Skin and Fat While Tightening Neckline. Tighten your jawline and remove sagging skin with a neck lift!
Neck lift surgery, or lower rhytidectomy, eliminates excess fat and skin relaxation in the lower face that creates jowls. It also removes excess fatty deposits under the chin, loose neck skin, and muscle banding in the neck. It is often performed in conjunction with a full facelift, but it can also be performed as a standalone procedure.
Neck lift surgery is right for you if you are in good health and have realistic expectations about the outcome of your surgery.
You’ll meet with a plastic surgeon during a one on one consultation. They will examine your neck and make sure neck lift surgery is right for you. They will also outline the full pre and postoperative process so you know exactly what to expect before, during, and after surgery.
When you check in to the surgery center, you will fill out a few forms before entering the surgery preparation room. Once changed into your surgery gown, a nurse will insert an IV and begin a saline drip to prepare your body for anesthesia. When it’s time for surgery, you will be taken into the operating room and then given medication through your IV so that you are unconscious during surgery. It will feel like you’ve only been asleep for a few minutes, but the full surgery will take 2-6 hours depending on your surgical plan. You will wake up from surgery in a comfortable recovery room surrounded by our attentive postoperative team. It will take about an hour to fully recover from anesthesia.
Your surgical team will provide detailed after care instructions following your neck lift surgery. It is very important to follow these instructions. Failing to do so can result in serious postoperative complications.
A bandage will be placed around your neck to minimize swelling and bruising. Small tubes may be present to draw off any excess blood and fluid. It is important to keep your head elevated above your heart to minimize swelling. Keep your head straight with no excessive twisting or bending of the neck. Do not apply ice to the neck, as this can compromise blood flow and result in skin death. Do not apply excessive force, abrasion, or motion to your neck while you are healing. For at least three weeks following neck lift surgery, you will experience swelling and mild to moderate pain which can be managed by prescription pain medication. It will take at least eight weeks to fully recover from surgery, and you must avoid strenuous physical activity during this time.