Neck Lift Cosmetic Surgery - By Sarah Killian

A neck lift cosmetic surgery procedure is designed to reduce the amount of sagging skin in the neck region that can often appear as part of the aging process. Sagging skin around the neck can also occur following extreme weight loss, or it can sometimes be hereditary. A neck lift is sometimes carried out in conjunction with a face lift for maximum results.

Neck lift plastic surgery is carried out under general anesthetic and the procedure normally lasts around 2 hours. The patient will require an overnight stay in hospital. A surgical neck lift procedure is actually a combination of two different procedures:

Cervicoplasty is the removal of excess skin around the neck area.

Platysmaplasty is the removal or alteration of the neck muscles.

During a neck lift cosmetic surgery procedure, the surgeon will make several small and discreet incisions behind the ears and under the chin. Excess skin and tissue will be removed via these incisions and the neck will be reshaped accordingly. Where muscle is removed, permanent sutures may be put in to hold the tissue in place. Liposuction is often carried out as part of the neck lift cosmetic procedure. Many surgeons who perform neck lift use endoscopic surgery for a less invasive approach.

After the surgery is complete, patients will be required to wear a dressing for around 2 weeks, which should be kept dry. Patients will also need to wear a compression garment for a few days to reduce swelling and improve circulation. Swelling may take a while to subside, but the results of the procedure should be evident after 1 week.

Recovery times will vary, but most patients recover fairly quickly from this type procedure and can expect to return to work within a couple of weeks. Strenuous activity should be avoided for at least 21 days.  

Disclaimer: The medical information provided in LookBella is, at best, general and can not replace the advice of a medical professional, a qualified doctor, physician or nurse.

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