A neck lift is a cosmetic procedure that removes excess skin and fat around your jawline, creating a more defined and youthful-looking neck. Results can be long-lasting if you maintain your weight.
A neck lift is often done as part of a face-lift.
Risks involved with neck lift surgery might include:
Another possible risk of neck lift surgery is that you might not be satisfied with your results. In this situation, another surgery might be an option.
Your doctor might ask you to stop taking aspirin or other blood-thinning medications several days before your surgery. These can include warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven), heparin and aspirin and other medications such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others).
Because smoking tobacco promotes wrinkling of the skin and slows both recovery and healing, your doctor will recommend that you quit smoking before having a neck lift.
Arrange for a ride home after your surgery and for someone to stay with you the first night after your procedure.
Before having a neck lift, your doctor will consult with you to evaluate your health and to discuss your goals and expectations. Your doctor will then decide on the surgical method that works best for you. He or she might suggest additional procedures, such as a brow lift, eyelid surgery or skin resurfacing, that might help give you the results you desire.
Your face will be examined and measured, and you might have photographs taken so that you can compare your appearance before and after surgery.
A neck lift can be done with sedation and local anesthesia, in which only part of your body feels numb, or under general anesthesia. Your doctor will discuss the type of surgery that works best for you. Options include:
You will receive close follow-up care to ensure proper healing. After a neck lift, you might have swelling and bruising.
You might need to wear a special garment that compresses your neck and helps reduce swelling. The neck-compression garment is usually needed for three or four weeks after liposuction, five to seven days after cervicoplasty, and four or five days after submentoplasty.
You probably can return to work and resume activities in two to four weeks.