Did you know that the neck begins to show signs of aging quicker than your entire face? Yup, it's a true story and get this, you may not need an entire face lift, and you may only need a neck lift. But if you are having a face lift anyway, a neck lift can complete your rejuvenation process. Whether its age or the fact that you've lost a significant amount of weight or simply heredity, a neck lift could be the answer that you've been searching for to tone up your appearance. You should visit with a cosmetic surgeon in the New York area to see what can be done for you - most cosmetic surgeons do not charge for an initial consultation.
The procedures involved in a neck-lift may be performed endoscopically. For an endoscopic neck-lift, an instrument visually guides the surgeon through the procedure. The advantages of an endoscopic procedure may include a smaller incision, no general anesthesia, reduced bruising, and faster recovery. You can talk about the endoscopic option with your doctor.
Some Procedures Involved in Neck Lift Surgery:
• Liposuction - if you need to have excess fat removed from your neck then you may need to have a liposuction procedure performed first. An incision will be made below the chin to remove the excess fat deposits. The fat deposits will be removed by inserting a small hollow tube with an opening near its blunt end beneath the skin and into the fatty tissue. The cannula is used to break up the fat, and then remove it from the neck area.
• Cervicoplasty - removes excess skin on the neck. An incision is made under your chin and behind the ears or maybe in just one of these locations. Your surgeon will then cut back and lift the skin, which will be secured with permanent sutures or a special type of permanent adhesive glue. A bandage and tape will be applied to the incision locations to reduce swelling and discomfort. An elastic bandage will be applied to your neck and head.
• Platysmaplasty - is performed to reduce the banded appearance of the neck. During the procedure, incisions will be made under the chin or behind the ears, or both. Your surgeon will insert a tiny instrument to either remove a portion of specific neck muscles or realign them, which will tighten the middle area of the neck. You will have permanent suture in areas of the muscles in order to clasp them in the best position.
Complications and Risks of Neck-lift
Numbness of the skin occurs often for a few weeks after neck-lift surgery. In rare instances, this condition can be permanent. Other risks include excess scar tissue build up or bruising and puckering of the skin.
With any cosmetic procedure, there is always the possibility of risks. A neck lift may involve multiple procedures, so, there is an increased risk. The most common risk for any cosmetic procedure is allergic reaction to the anesthesia and infection. Another potential complication is accumulation of blood under the skin called a hematoma. Excessive scar tissue is another possible cause for concern, however, scar revision procedures can help. These risks can be reduced if you follow your surgeon's pre-op and post-op instructions.