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A very common type of cosmetic plastic surgery is called the neck lift. This popular surgical procedure is considered a necessity for dealing with aging skin, excess fat, and sagging muscles in the neck region, below the chin. Our skilled plastic surgeons regularly perform the neck lift for Dayton patients.
Due to the aging process, the neck often becomes wrinkled, sags, and looks out of shape. The neck lift gives you a slimmer and more contoured profile, especially from a side view, taking years off your appearance.
After a neck lift, the neck and chin area will look more defined. A turkey wattle, a double chin, and jowls can all be addressed.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
During a neck lift consultation with your surgeon, they will take down your medical and health history. They will ask you about the general condition of your skin. You can candidly share what you expect from the surgery with your doctor. In turn, your doctor will give you a precise idea of what you will gain from the surgical procedure.
The surgeon usually takes pictures of your neck and will show you how your neck will look after surgery. Doctors do a thorough study of your neck and may suggest other augmentation procedures such as dermal fillers or implants.
The neck lift is a procedure that may be conducted at an outpatient facility or in a doctor’s clinic. Neck lift surgery takes a number of hours. The type of anesthesia used will depend on what the actual surgery entails, as each individual has a different skin type and different aesthetic goals.
The procedure involves the surgeon making tiny incisions behind your ears and/or below your chin. With a great deal of precision and care, the surgeon will lift the neck skin, take out excess stubborn fat, and rejoin and tighten the platysmal muscles with internal sutures. Excess skin will then be removed with a scalpel.
The surgeon then seals the incisions with sutures. A pressure bandage will be applied around the head and under the chin areas.
The time taken to recover from a neck lift depends on the individual patient. Normally, patients can expect to return to normal life in the span of two weeks after the surgery. This includes returning to work.
During recovery and healing, it will be important to keep your head and neck elevated at all times. This lessens the degree of post-surgical swelling and bruising in the region.
After your skin has healed, you will see a significant and visible change for the better. Neck lift results are quite long-lasting. The trick to long-lasting positive benefits from your neck lift is to follow the doctor’s directions and to take care of your skin.
SET UP AN APPOINTMENT
A neck lift can give a patient a more attractive and youthful neck. Schedule a consultation regarding the neck lift in Dayton – contact our office and arrange your appointment today.