What exactly is a neck lift?
A neck lift is a procedure that tightens loose or sagging skin around the throat and jawline. Those who say that they have a “Turkey neck” or a fleshy neck will benefit from this procedure.
How is a neck lift done? Where will the incisions be?
A neck lift is performed under a mild anesthetic and like most cosmetic surgeries, it is done on an outpatient basis. In a neck lift surgery, an incision is made under the chin and the surgeon then tightens and reshapes the skin and removes any excess. Depending on the extent of the procedure, additional incisions may also be made around the ears, as well. The incisions produce minimal scarring and are carefully concealed so as not to be noticeable.
Will my insurance cover a neck lift?
Plastic surgery is a broad field and includes many procedures; your insurance may provide full or partial coverage.
How long does the procedure take?
The actual time spent in surgery will vary depending on the extent of the corrections being made. Many procedures can be performed in about one hour; more complicated surgeries may take additional time.
How long does it take to recover from a neck lift?
There will be slight swelling of the neck area possibly accompanied by light bruising. These conditions begin to subside after day three. There will be a feeling of “tightness” in the neck that lasts for several weeks, as well.
How much time will I need to take off from work?
Most patients plan on one to two weeks off from work before feeling 100 percent ready to return. This can be longer depending on the complexity of the procedure, or if more than one procedure is being performed.
At what age can a neck lift be performed?
A neck lift is most normally done on people between 35-70 years of age, although anyone of any age can have one done.
How long do the benefits of a neck lift last?
You can expect to continue to see benefits for several years at least. A healthy lifestyle can increase this time. Remember that weight gain can contribute to neck fullness or sagging.
What does a normal consultation consist of?
You will talk to your surgeon about what exactly you want to accomplish with your neck lift, and he or she will offer a doctor’s opinion on the best way to proceed. Also, anesthesia options will be discussed during the consultation, as well as specifics such as the length of recovery time and how long the actual surgery may take.
How long do I have to wait before working out again?
This depends largely on the state of the patient’s health to begin with, but generally at least two weeks before resuming any heavy activity. Light activities such as walking can be done without restriction.