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FAQ – Neck Lift

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The neck lift procedure is intended to provide a natural, attractive and more youthful appearance. This surgery can produce excellent results and the scars are usually inconspicuous. Recent technical advances have led to longer lasting improvement and an increase in patient satisfaction. Complications are rare.

The operation consists of removing excess skin and fatty tissue and correcting the sagging of specific facial and neck muscles. Cosmetic surgeons have been performing this type of surgery for many years. Recent advances in surgical techniques have led to significantly improved and longer lasting results.

Many factors play a role in the aging of facial skin. These include the physical environment (sun, wind), the type of skin (elasticity, thickness), the complexion (pale, dark, ruddy), weight alterations, nutrition, smoking and menopause. There is no ideal age for this type of surgery. It must also be remembered that a neck lift cannot remove all wrinkles.

A neck lift will not stop the aging process; it only removes some of its effects, producing a more youthful appearance. The procedure can sometimes be done again, if need be, in order to maintain the rejuvenated look.

The best candidates for a neck lift are non-smokers who are in generally good health and who have a positive outlook and realistic expectations about outcome. Sagging of the neck may be due to age, but may also be a result of significant weight loss or simple heredity. Those who have sagging and/or wrinkling of the neck and a loss of separation between the neck and the chin or jaw can benefit from a neck lift procedure.

Dr Ayham Al Ayoubi explains that the you need to keep your feet grounded and be realistic when it comes to the expectations from a neck lift. Despite the many great things that a neck lift can accomplish, you must also keep in mind that the procedure has its limitations.

Most of the patients that go through a neck lift surgery are pleased with the outcome. They have greater self-confidence and greater self-esteem especially when wearing body-conscious clothing. You will have a totally natural look and you will look more refreshed and younger.

Step by step Neck Lift Surgery

Dr Ayham Al-Ayoubi explains that Neck Lift is an operation that usually takes 2 hours to complete using a general anaesthetic and normally includes an overnight stay at the hospital. Full aftercare will be given pre and post procedure. 

A necklift will improve the definition and contour of the neckline and make the neck less ‘baggy’. Dr Ayham Al-Ayoubi explains that a necklift is carried out through a 3 -5 cm incision made under the chin in a natural skin crease. Any excess fat in the tissues of the neck can be removed under direct vision.

Any excess skin is then removed and the wound is closed. The scar becomes almost invisible with time, due to its position under the chin and the fact that it is made in a natural skin crease.

A necklift is commonly performed at the same time as an face lift. Very occasionally a necklift is carried out as a sole procedure. A necklift can be performed under local anaesthetic and has a good recovery profile, although post-operative swelling may persist for a few weeks after the procedure.

Recovery after Neck Lift Surgery

Dr Ayham Al-Ayoubi explains that straight after the procedure, while you’re in the recovery room, your neck may feel tight and sore. You may feel emotional or cold. These are all normal.

If you are cold, ask for a blanket. You may also feel nauseated, particularly if your neck lift was performed using general anaesthesia. Dr Ayham Al- Ayoubi explains that medications are available to help curb your nausea.

There will be some mild to moderate discomfort after your neck lift surgery. Take your painkillers as prescribed to alleviate any pain. You may also be groggy from the anaesthetic and/or oral medications for the first day or two after your neck lift.

Numbness can occur around the incision and elsewhere. You may also notice a change in how your face moves tightness, tingling, sporadic sharp pains, pulling, burning, or cold sensations. These feelings are transient and usually subside within the first few weeks.

Swelling and bruising are common after neck lift surgery, but they should begin to improve within a few days.

Dr Ayham Al-Ayoubi recommends using Arnica tablets to reduce post-neck lift bruising and swelling.

In general, it’s important to keep your head and neck still after a neck lift. This can be challenging. If you have to turn to look at something, turn your whole body, not just your head.

Your sleeping style may also need to be adjusted during your neck lift recovery. You will have to sleep with your head elevated for one or two weeks. The easiest way to do this is to use two or three pillows or a foam wedge pillow from a surgical supply store. Some people opt to sleep on a recliner during their neck lift recovery.

Take it easy during the recovery period and try not to do too much, too soon, but do try to get up and walk around the house a couple of times a day. This boosts circulation and helps reduce your risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT). DVT occurs when a blood clot forms in a vein deep inside the body, blocking blood flow and causing swelling and pain. This clot may break free and move through the bloodstream.

Dr Ayham Al-Ayoubi says it is important to report any leg pain, swelling or redness to your surgeon as soon as possible, as these are all signs of DVT.

Avoid bending over or lifting heavy objects for the first few weeks after your neck lift. This may mean that you can’t pick up your small child or your pet. Do not participate in contact sports until your surgeon gives you the all-clear.

Continue to avoid alcohol, aspirin and ibuprofen for up to a week after surgery. If you quit smoking before your neck lift, keep it up. The first days and weeks are the toughest, so don’t give up when you have come so far.

You will have one or more postoperative appointments with your surgeon in the days after your surgery. Your dressings may be changed. Your sutures likely will not be removed for seven to 10 days.

Scars after neck lift surgery tend to be short and concealed under your chin, although occasionally they are long and visible. This is related to the neck lift technique, but they can be camouflaged. If you are prone to excessive scarring.

Non-surgical Neck Lift Surgery

Dr Ayham Al-Ayoubi explains that there are alternatives to neck lift surgery such as;

Heat Treatment

This is an easy option for people that do not wish to go for a proper surgical neck lift procedure. In this process, radio frequency is used, in conjunction with cooling waves.

Heat is applied via the radio frequency and this heat makes the collagen react by breaking it down and forcing it to remodel itself. This leads to skin tightening and therefore a reduction of loose skin in the region of the neck. This procedure also improves the elasticity of the skin around the neck, thus, making it look far more healthy and tight.

Although there are some slight chances of side effects like burns if undertaken incorrectly in the main the treatment is normally very successful.

This procedure is done under local anesthesia and although the results are temporary and may vary from person to person, with repeated sessions, a considerable amount of skin tightening can be quite easily be achieved with the help of this non surgical neck lift procedure. . However, you need to go in for this treatment with a very realistic approach, that is, this is not a facelift nor is it a replacement for one. Results can vary from person to person so learn to not expect miracles.

Anti Wrinkle injection Treatments

The other option for non surgical neck lift is anti-wrinkle treatment and is already a common option for some people who wish to get rid of wrinkles and fine lines on the face.

This is a treatment suitable for those people who have slightly sagging skin to the neck but not an excess of fat. The anti-wrinkle treatment basically acts on the platysma muscle, which is the muscle present in the neck. The anti-wrinkle treatment injections help to make it more taut, so that it does not hang in the neck and thus, there is no visible double chin. This procedure only brings about a slight amount of skin tightening whilst no reduction of fat to the neck.

If you would benefit from a non surgical neck lift, cost will vary, depending on the kind of procedure and how many sessions of it you opt for. There are a few more treatment options, like using volumizers and Dermal Fillers to get rid of vertical neck cords that may be unsightly, although these usually require repeated sessions for good results. The success of these various treatments will depend on the case of the individual, and these results may vary from person to person.

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