Neck lifts are a great way to eliminate the appearance of jowls or a double chin. These features may be caused by saggy skin and stubborn fat deposits regardless of the overall health of the individual. When combined with neck liposuction, a neck lift may be an effective way to transform a neck that does not appear as healthy as the rest of the body.
Candidates for a Neck Lift
Ideal candidates for neck lifts are in good overall health physically and emotionally, and have reached their physical maturity. Candidates should be well informed of the risks and benefits of neck lifts and be aware of their realistic potential outcomes.
The neck lift may be utilized to address a number of facial issues. These issues may include:
- Displaced or sagging fat
- Excess skin
- Accumulated tissue that contributes to a double chin or jowls
- Loss of muscle tone
For the best possible outcome, it may be advisable that patients discontinue smoking far in advance of the procedure to ensure the best natural healing. Certain medications may not be advisable prior to a surgery such as a neck lift.
How a Neck Lift Works
A general anesthetic or intravenous sedation is administered first for patient comfort, and then the first incision is made. Though each surgery is different, usually the incision begins in front of the earlobe and continues around the bottom of the ear into the hairline. Particular situations may require alternative incisions.
After the interior has been exposed by the incision, excess fat and tissue are removed surgically. The skin is stretched tightly to make up for the removed structures, and any excess skin is removed. The incisions are closed using sutures or skin adhesives.
What Happens After a Neck Lift?
Once the incisions have been closed, a tube may be inserted to drain any fluid buildup during healing. A bandage may be gently applied to the area to help control any bruising or swelling. The doctor will give you specific care instructions for your return home.
The incision lines should quickly heal in the next few days, at which point the bandages may be removed. The swelling around the face may take several months to completely disappear, though results should be visible almost immediately. The incision lines will continue to fade for up to six months. Very rare complications of this procedure may include pain, assymetry, improper wound healing and infection.
Learn More about Neck Lifts In Oklahoma City
For more information about neck lifts, or to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Paul F. Benien, Jr., contact our Oklahoma City office at 405-691-3111. Our office is located at 9617 S. Pennsylvania, Oklahoma City, OK 73159, just minutes from Will Rogers World Airport. Service areas include: Oklahoma City, Tuttle, Edmond, Norman, Moore, Tulsa, Midwest City, Lawton, Yukon, Stillwater, Mustang, Shawnee, Blanchard and Elk City, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas and Houston.