Along with your hands and décolleté, the neck visibly shows the signs of ageing. A neck lift is a surgical procedure which aims to improve the appearance of the skin and create more definition by contouring the areas around your jawline and ear.
What Does Neck Lift Surgery Involve?
A neck lift is a procedure carried out to remove any loose skin along the neck and jaw. It involves removing fat, tightening the skin and pulling the skin upwards into the angle between the chin and neck to recreate a youthful neckline. The procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic. For optimum results, a neck lift may be combined with other procedures such as liposuction and/or a lower face lift. Liposuction would help to remove the fatty tissue contributing to the appearance of a ‘turkey neck’ or double chin.
Recovery After Neck Lift Surgery
After the operation you will be required to stay for one night so we can monitor your progress. There is usually a little bruising which normally goes after about ten days and all stitches are removed by in the coming weeks after the operation. Pain is minimal but you may feel slight discomfort due to the tightness of the skin.
What Are The Possible Complications Of This Surgery?
As with all surgical procedures, there is an element of risk. At the McIndoe Centre we do everything we can to minimise chance of complications. Your surgeon will talk to you about any possible specific complications before you decide to have your operation.
For more information, we would be delighted if you wanted to arrange a consultation with us. You can call the Helpline for free and professional advice.
This article was written by The McIndoe Centre, in collaboration with T C Teo FRCS (Plast) Consultant Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon. All information, advice and procedures were updated on 17th September 2019.
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If you are thinking about having cosmetic surgery, here are some important questions that you should ask yourself to help you make the decision that is right for you.
- What do I want to change and why do I want to have surgery?
- Have I considered all the options?
- Can surgery give me the results I want?
- Am I expecting the surgery to change my life as well as my appearance?
- Is now the right time?
Having surgery is a big decision
Planning your long-term goals with your consultant, and researching the procedure, will reinforce whether surgery is the right option for you.Surgery is not without risk so you should be sure in your reasons for wanting to go ahead. It is important that your expectations are realistic and that the advantages to you always outweigh the risk of surgery.
Take this checklist to your consultation with the surgeon performing the procedure. Discuss each topic with your surgeon to help you make the decision that is right for you before having surgery.
Having surgery is a big decision
Think carefully before having cosmetic surgery
Never feel rushed or pressured into giving your consent. Be wary of surgeons or staff who try to convince you to go ahead. Take plenty of time to make your decision.
We strongly advise you take at least two weeks after your consultation with the surgeon performing the procedure to think things through before surgery.