Necklift (Liposuction)

image_1248746991_28686700.fjpg_-300x225Do you hate the look of your neck? Did you know you could banish that wattle of loose skin and tame that turkey neck once and for all with a neck lift?

A “turkey neck” is what happens when the skin underneath your chin becomes loose and lax, resembling a turkey’s wattle. It can happen as a result of aging, weight loss or, in some cases, it can simply be genetic.

A neck lift is actually a set of procedures designed to enhance the appearance of your neck. These procedures may include:

  • Removing excess skin
  • Removing or altering neck muscles
  • Liposuction to remove excess fat
  • BOTOX injections to address problems with fullness or bands

What Can I Expect?

Usually a hidden incision is made beneath the chin, through which the muscles are tightened and the fatty deposits are removed. In some cases, an additional hidden incision is required around the bottom of the ear to remove excess skin. The underlying muscle is tied together to act as a sling. Skin is then elevated and re-draped to create a natural, more youthful neckline.

Neck lift surgery is often done in conjunction with facelift surgery, but it can be performed as an isolated procedure. In many instances, the neck lift can be done on an outpatient basis. When the neck lift is performed on its own, it may be done as an office-based procedure using local anesthesia.

Though complications are relatively infrequent with a neck lift, they may occur. There can be some blood collection under the skin. This often can be treated during the follow-up office examination and will not affect the overall results. While scarring occurs after any incision, in most cases they are not noticeable after a neck lift.

Guidelines for After Surgery

Dressings are removed the day after surgery. Sutures are removed after five to seven days. Initially there may be a feeling of numbness and tension in the operative area. This usually disappears within the first few postoperative weeks. Swelling and bruising vary but are usually gone within a week or so. An elastic sling dressing is worn 24 hours a day for the first two weeks and at night after that. This action decreases the swelling tremendously and allows the skin to adhere in a good position. Antibiotic and pain prescriptions will be provided.

It’s important to note that recovering from a neck lift takes time. Most people can return to work in 10 to 14 days. If you participate in sports or are physically active, you will have to wait three weeks or more to resume those activities. Give yourself time to heal to get the most benefit from the procedure.

Is This Right for Me?

Every person is different. The best way to find out if this procedure is right for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Karen.

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