What Is a Neck Lift?
The aging process takes a drastic toll on the firm, tight, smooth skin of the neck area. As people age into their mid-40’s to 50’s, the neck begins to lose its youthful appearance. The jaw line softens into loose hanging jowls, a double chin can appear, fine vertical lines transform into deep creases and folds, and fatty tissue deposits become prominent. A Feldmar Aesthetics neck lift can restore a more youthful appearance to the neck area, for dramatic results.
After making the decision to learn more about the various neck lift methods and procedures, you will meet with our board-certified facial plastic surgeon in Feldmar Aesthetics, Dr. Feldmar, for a consultation. During this meeting, you will be given the opportunity to thoroughly discuss your current situation and how you hope to improve the appearance of sagging neck skin and a droopy jawline.
Dr. Feldmar must determine your candidacy for the neck lift. For the procedure to be a success, he will perform a complete assessment of your overall health. He will need to check your vital signs and run a series of laboratory tests, involving blood work. Inform Dr. Feldmar of any past medical or cosmetic procedures or surgeries you have had; this includes any past use of cosmetic fillers in your neck or lower face.
Bring a list of all medications or supplements that you take to your consultation in our Feldmar Aesthetics office. This is critically important because some medications must be stopped for a certain amount of time prior to the surgery, for example: anti-coagulation medications, commonly called blood thinners. In relation to medications, you must inform Dr. Feldmar of any past or present drug or alcohol use. These substances affect the body in varying ways, and they can be detrimental to a successful procedure and recovery.
After informing Dr. Feldmar, of your wishes, he will make suggestions about the best method to use for your surgery. Furthermore, Dr. Feldmar will assess the elasticity of the skin on your neck and the strength of the muscle fibers that extend from the collarbone to the angle of the jaw, called the platysma. This muscle structure assists the body to swallow and is visible when you flex your neck. You can see the length of this muscle where it attaches to the collarbones.
You will need to follow some basic steps to lessen the chances of complications and infections from your neck lift surgery.
Don’t drink or eat anything beginning at midnight the night prior to surgery. If the physician has given you permission to take any specific medications, such as blood pressure medications, you may take them with a small sip of water only – all directions will be in writing, so follow them to the letter. The presence of material in the stomach places you at risk for aspiration; aspiration occurs when a person regurgitates stomach contents and then breathes them into the lungs.
Stop Smoking. Smoking gives you an increased risk of uncontrollable bleeding and delayed healing. It’s best to stop smoking for a minimum of 24 hours prior to your procedure and 48 hours afterward. If you would like medical assistance to permanently stop smoking, inform the physician. He can give you advice and referrals to many smoking cessation programs that have proven results.
Shower. You will need to shower with an anti-microbial soap the night before your neck lift surgery in Beverly Hills. Repeat this step the morning before your procedure as well.
There are several different methods used to perform the best neck lift Beverly Hills can offer. In some cases, the physician may choose to perform the procedure endoscopically. An endoscopy requires two to three tiny incisions in the neck. The physician then inserts a thin fiber-optic device into the incision to perform the surgery. Dr. Feldmar routinely performs one of three different surgical methods in the surgery: Liposuction, Cervicoplasty, and Platysmaplasty. All of these procedures follow the routine recovery guidelines as mentioned in the recovery section, but each method involves an additional recovery requirement.
Liposuction: The name literally means “fat-sucking.” This procedure uses a hollow tube, called a cannula, which breaks up the fat deposits. The medical vacuum provides the suction to remove the fat from the tissue, through the cannula, and into a storage container. If the physician isn’t able to remove all of the fat deposits with this method, he will make an additional small incision to surgically remove them. The physician will place a dressing around the neck and head after closing the incisions. An elastic garment will need to be worn around the neck in the evenings for 14 days after your procedure.
Cervicoplasty: This neck lift method removes the excess skin on the neck. A small incision under the chin and behind the earlobe will be made by Dr. Feldmar. The skin will then be lifted up and pulled taught to remove any wrinkles.Dr. Feldmar will trim the skin and reattach it to the connection point behind the ears. A stitch will be placed to hold the skin in place during the healing process. Dr. Feldmar will place a dressing over the incisions and across the neck to reduce swelling and pain; however, it is normal to experience extensive bruising and swelling from the procedure, which will diminish quickly.
Platysmaplasty: This procedure uses incisions placed similarly to those in the Cervicoplasty. The physician uses an instrument to remove or realign a portion of the Platysma. Permanent sutures will then be used to hold the Platysma in the new position. Dr. Feldmar will apply a dressing around the neck and ears to reduce the amount of swelling and protect the incision site from infection.
The general recovery guidelines following your Feldmar Aesthetics neck lift surgery include the following:
- Only take medications as prescribed by the physician. You will be given steroids, antibiotics, anti-nausea, and pain medications to control the side effects of the procedure. Don’t take any over-the-counter medications without the physician’s approval.
- Don’t get the dressings wet. This promotes the growth of bacteria near the incision site. You may take a shower the day after your neck lift in Feldmar aesthetics, but you must keep the dressings from becoming saturated with water.
- Go to an emergency medical center if you experience any excessive pain, body temperatures above 100 degrees, or excessive bleeding.
- You will see extensive swelling and bruising following the procedure. This is normal; it will begin to subside within a few weeks of surgery. Final results may require several months of time to heal properly.
- Elevate your head above your heart when you go to bed as it reduces the amount of swelling present.
Neck Lift FAQ
What If I Need More Than Just One of the Methods on My Neck?
Dr. Feldmar will determine what combination of neck lift methods will best correct your appearance. The physician will further discuss your options during your consultation.
Will I Have to Be Under General Anesthesia?
Yes. Due to the invasive nature of these procedures, you will be placed under general anesthesia.
I’m Nearing 60, Am I Too Old for a Necklift?
This depends upon your health. Plastic surgeons have performed successful surgery on people up to 70 years of age. If you would like to be evaluated to determine if you are a candidate, please schedule a consultation.
Can I Have a Facelift at the Same Time as the Necklift?
Yes. Many people opt to have several plastic surgeries at the same time. You can discuss the options with Feldmar Aesthetics plastic surgeon, Dr. Feldmar in your initial consultation.
How Soon Can I Play Sports or Be Physically Active After Surgery?
This varies depending on the amount of surgery that you have performed. Strenuous activity puts stress on the sutures, and they must be protected to achieve the right outcome. Dr. Feldmar doesn’t clear people to return to strenuous physical activity for at least two weeks in most cases. However, you will need to engage in some non-strenuous activity, mostly walking, to promote proper healing and adequate circulation after your surgery. Walk for at least five to ten minutes every other hour while awake in the two weeks following surgery.