Neck Lift Surgery
Neck lift surgery is a complex procedure to reconstruct the neck and lower face. It involves repairing the platysma muscle of the neck, removing excess fat and trimming excess skin. The incisions are made, hidden in the hair line and within the ear. Through these incisions, the lax muscles are redraped. If needed, an additional incision is made under the chin. This is used to repair the divaricated muscle under the chin. Excess fat is then removed through the cut in the chin. Liposuction may also be used to contour the neck. To have a look at what this operation is likely to achieve, stand in front of the mirror and pull the skin back.
A neck lift is a four-hour procedure used to recontour the neck to a youthful cervicofacial angle and remove excessive tissues. It can also improve the marionette lines and the nasolabial folds. Fat grafting can be combined with a neck lift procedure to restore the malar cheek area. A drain on each side will be placed which will be removed the next day.
Neck lift alternatives
Liposuction and contouring
Liposuction best targets excess fat. You can assess this fat by pinching the skin. This fat can be removed by liposuction. There are fat dissolving injections, but these to be repeated a few times, and it is more cost effective and more time efficient for you to do it in one go.
Neck Liposuction is a technique using a cannula and gentle suction to remove excess fat from the Neck to improve contour.
Liposuction of the neck is a useful technique that may be recommended to you after talking to you and examining you. This procedure does not bring the neck muscles together. It also doesn’t involve cutting skin. Instead, it relies on the skin’s natural elasticity to shrink down. Neck Liposuction isn’t a substitute for weight loss, but can improve resistant areas to weight loss, such as fat under the chin or neck.
Together, we decide what areas need to be addressed and a contour map is drawn. A customised tumescent technique is applied to each person to ensure that local anaesthetic fluid is infused into the appropriate area to allow maximal fat harvest while still being able to assess the appearance of contour.
The incisions are 2 mm in length and are placed under the chin and behind the ears. A gentle suction technique is used to remove excess fat using a feathering technique to ensure an even contour. We avoid liposuction techniques which can burn the fat or emulsify which can cause cysts and scarring. Hand suction involves more work, but gives a more predictable result.
The fat is removed from the deeper fat layer. We avoid over-removal of fat to avoid puckering and dimpling which can form when excess fat from the superficial layer is removed.
A compression garment is then worn for 2 weeks all the time and then for 2 weeks at night. This garment will be ordered especially for you after measuring you. This allows the tissues to retract to take advantage of the skin’s natural elasticity. The garment will also help prevent bruising, so you can get back to life quicker.
The procedure is performed as day surgery which means you can go home the same day. Please allows one week for recovery
If you have muscle bands, which you can see become more prominent with straining, then an easy way to treat these is with antiwrinkle injections. These last 3-6 months.
Have a look at your chin. If the chin is recessed, then you might benefit from a chin implant and this can be done at the same time as a neck lift.
How can I prepare for Neck lift surgery?
When you decide to proceed, there are a few things you can do to prepare.
Eat healthily by avoid excessively fatty foods and foods high in sugar.
Stop smoking as this significantly increases complications rates. You cannot smoke for 6 weeks prior and 6 weeks after surgery.
Stop all blood thinners unless previously discussed with Dr Hadi. Please stop any over the counter medications that might thin the blood. Please check any combination medications to see whether they contain these ingredients.
Shower the night before or the morning of surgery with a medicated soap. These reduce the bacteria living on the skin and there is evidence it reduces chance of infection.
Fast (do not eat anything) at least 6 hours prior to surgery. You will be given this time from Kareena Hospital.
How long will the operation take
The operation is performed under general anaesthetic. You will be looked after by a Specialist Anesthetist throughout your operation. Our preferred hospital is Kareena hospital.
How long will I stay in Hospital?
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Best outcomes for Neck lift surgery
Do not smoke for at least six weeks after surgery.
Keep the garment in place as much as possible
Sleep on your back on two pillows. Try to avoid excessive neck movements.
Avoid heavy exercise and lifting for at least 2 weeks.
Avoid pain killers which contain antiplatelet agents. Please check with us prior to taking medication not prescribed by us.
Come back for regular review as detailed in the next section to ensure your healing is progressing at each stage
Please call the Swan Clinic on 9526-6885 following your surgery to ensure we have booked all your follow up appointments.
As our patient at the Swan Clinic, you will be well looked after and can always count on our honesty as we always have your wellbeing in mind.
Please feel free to contact us if you have further questions.