Also known as a lower rhytidectomy, a neck lift is a surgical procedure to help improve the visible signs of ageing in your neck and jawline by correcting sagging or deeply wrinkled skin and excess fat.
This rejuvenation procedure can also be performed in conjunction with a facelift or a brow lift.
The incision line for your neck lift will depend on the procedure chosen for your unique circumstances; a traditional neck lift generally starts at the front of the lobe, extends behind the ear and finishes on the lower scalp, while a limited neck lift incision is performed only around the ear.
Regardless of which procedure you undergo, all incision lines will be made in areas where they are disguised by natural creases, or your hairline.
Dr Carmen Munteanu’s extensive experience allows her to achieve a natural looking result, giving you a more youthful jawline and a smoother neck.
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What can a neck lift address?
Neck lift surgery can:
Planning your neck lift
During your pre-operative consultation, Dr Carmen Munteanu will discuss your desired outcomes and conduct an examination before providing options and recommendations.
In preparation for your surgery, you may be asked to undergo some testing, take certain medications and stop smoking. You may also be advised to avoid taking Asprin, anti-inflammatories and certain herbal supplements which can increase bleeding. You will also be advised of special instructions for the night before and morning of your surgery, as well as anaesthetic required during your surgery and post-operative care and follow-up.
For your comfort you will be administered with anaesthetic prior to your surgery. You may receive either intravenous sedation or general anaesthetic depending on your circumstances; Dr Carmen will advise you of the best choice for you.
As mentioned above, the incision required for your procedure will depend on whether you are undergoing a traditional neck lift or a limited neck lift.
If you are undergoing a traditional neck lift, the incision will normally begin in the hairline at the level of the sideburn, then continue down around the ear, and finish in the posterior hair. Fat may be sculpted or redistributed from the neck and jowls. The tissue under the neck skin will be repositioned, and often the platysma muscle will also be tightened. Excess skin will be trimmed away before it is redraped over the newly created contours. It is often necessary for there to be a separate incision made under the chin to perform liposuction, and repair the muscle.
A limited neck lift will be performed using an incision around the ear only. The results of this tend to be limited when compared to a traditional neck lift.
Skin adhesives or sutures will be used to close the incisions following the completion of the surgery. Depending on the circumstances dissolving sutures may be used, but it may also be necessary for them to be removed a few days after your procedure.
When your process is completed a bandage may be applied gently around your face to help minimise swelling and bruising. It may also necessary for a thin tube to be inserted to help aid with draining any excess fluid or blood.
Recovery and aftercare
We will provide you with specific and personalised instructions on caring for the surgical site and drains, as well as any medications you will need to either take orally or apply to help aid the healing process.
It is of utmost importance that you keep your head elevated above your heart to help minimise the swelling. You should also try to keep the head as straight as possible as excessive twisting or bending of the neck can have a negative impact on your results.
Under no circumstances should you apply ice to the neck during the healing period; this can compromise the flow of blood to the area and result in the death of the skin.
It is normal to experience swelling and bruising for about two weeks after your surgery. Once this swelling stars to subside, the full results of your neck lift will start to emerge.
It should be noted that it may take a few months for the swelling to fully dissipate and for the incision lines to mature.
Most people find the incision lines from their neck lift surgery are well concealed by their natural contours, and the hairline.
While this surgery normally garners good results, in some circumstances it may be not be possible to achieve an optimal result in just one surgery; a second surgery may be required.
To ensure your new youthful appearance lasts, we recommend maintaining a healthy lifestyle and use sun protection daily.
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