If you are looking to tighten the skin around your neck, but do not want to undergo a full facelift, a neck lift may be for you! This surgical procedure smooths and tightens the neck’s skin, which can sag from aging or weight loss. A neck lift is usually done in two parts: removing excess skin and tightening muscles in the neck.
Am I a Candidate for a Neck Lift?
If you are interested in a neck lift, you must be in good physical and emotional health. It is important to have realistic expectations. Dr. D’Amico will discuss this with you during your consultation in our office.
Why Choose Dr. D’Amico for your Neck Lift Surgery
As an international authority on plastic surgery, Dr. D’Amico offers improvements over traditional approaches including:
- Full results with shorter recovery
- More natural looking and lasting outcomes
- Smaller incisions with less tissue trauma
Neck Lift Procedure
A neck lift begins with a small incision directly below the chin or in front of the earlobes, looping behind the ears and ending in the scalp near the back of the neck. Sagging skin is trimmed away and lifted to provide a more youthful appearance. Then, loose muscles that cause the “bands” around the neck to be prominent are tightened. In some cases, it is necessary to perform only one of the two procedures. If there is excess fat in the area, Liposuction may be necessary. If so, it is performed before the neck lift. Dr. D’Amico will glue or suture the incisions closed.
The neck lift procedure usually takes 2 to 4 hours, and the patient is given either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. Most neck lifts are performed on an outpatient basis. Your bandages may be removed after a few days and sutures are typically removed between 7 and 10 days.
Can a Neck Lift be Combined with Other Procedures?
A neck lift can be performed alone or as part of a facelift. This can also be combined with other non-surgical treatments to enhance other facial features.
Recovery After Neck Lift Surgery
You may notice some swelling and bruising for up to 10 days after surgery. To minimize the swelling, Dr. D’Amico will ask you to apply a cold compress to the area and keep your head elevated. It is best to keep your head still for the first few days to minimize any complications from twisting or turning the neck. Dr. D’Amico will prescribe medication to help alleviate discomfort.
Typically, people return to work and daily activities within 2 weeks after surgery. This is usually a sufficient amount of time to allow bruising and swelling to subside. Avoid strenuous activities and exercise for about 4 to 6 weeks.
The results of a neck lift can last up to 10 years.
Risks And Complications Of A Neck Lift
Like any surgical procedure, there are possible, yet rare, complications that could arise after surgery. These include:
- Excessive bleeding
- Tissue death
- Blood clots
- Intense itching
- Skin discoloration
- Persistent swelling
Schedule a Consultation
The first step in achieving your desired appearance is to request a consultation with Dr. D’Amico. You will never feel pressured to choose surgery and you will even have a second consultation visit (included with your fee) to bring along family or loved ones and ask follow-up questions. The consultation fee is applied toward any surgical procedure you choose. We are also happy to schedule appointments by phone at (201) 567-9595.