What You Can Expect From a Neck Lift

Do you have what they call “turkey wattle neck”? Do you have too much skin or excess fat in your neck area? These concerns can be properly addressed with neck-lift surgery. This cosmetic procedure can also remove the excess skin or fat and tighten the muscles in the neck.

If you are considering a neck-lift procedure, you need to speak with your cosmetic surgeon first to determine if you are a good candidate for the surgery. Ideally you should have your goals in mind at the time you consult your doctor. You should also be physically and psychologically in good health.

During your consultation with the surgeon, discuss what you want to achieve with the neck-lift surgery as well as the options available to you. With the latest advances in medical technology, your surgeon may be able to make smaller cuts to complete the procedure.

You might want to talk about the type of anesthesia that will be used during the surgery. If you opt to be asleep during the entire process, speak about the viability of general anesthesia; otherwise, local anesthesia would do just fine. To achieve a tighter-looking skin, Botox injections may also be used. As an outpatient procedure, it may only take around 15 minutes to perform.

If there is too much excess fat to remove, liposuction may also be an ideal procedure. This matter will be properly determined during your consultation.

You can expect some bruising and swelling during the first few days after the surgery. There will also be tightness and burning sensations, which will be felt in the following weeks postsurgery. This, however, should not be a cause for concern.

Infection is possible. For this reason, you need to strictly follow the after-care instructions and comply with the orders of the surgeon. Should there be unusual discharge from the incision site, get in touch with the doctor immediately.

Recovery from a neck-lift operation usually takes around 10 to 14 days. In addition, engaging in physically activity or sports is highly discouraged during the three weeks following the surgery.