Neck Lift The Woodlands
What is a neck lift?
A neck lift, also known as a cervical or neck rhytidectomy or cervicoplasty, is a procedure performed in order to create a more youthful neckline and contour. This is done by moving the neck tissues into a more favorable location and may involve the excision of some excess skin and fat. Fat can be removed by excision or by liposuction.
A client that is a good candidate for this procedure is one with excess/loose neck skin where the acute cervico-mental angle (the angle created by the junction of the lower jaw to the neck) has been lost. This loss can be due to the presence of loose, excess skin, increased fat in the neck, and/or loosening of the muscles in the neck.
Neck lift surgery
If medically feasible, all medicines (prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal) that can lead to excessive post-operative bleeding are stopped two weeks before the surgery. The procedure is done, either in a hospital or an outpatient surgery center.
The neck lift procedure can involve the removal of excess skin and fat. It also may involve the tightening up of the muscles within the neck (platysma muscle). This is known as a platysmaplasty. This operation is often combined with a facelift.
Every patient is different and the extent of work that needs to be done is individualized per patient. Incisions are usually needed however some patients can be treated with liposuction alone. For patients that need incisions, one incision is typically placed just under the chin. Through this incision the neck muscle can be tightened up and excess fat can be removed. Sometimes, an incision is needed in front of (preauricular) and/or behind (retroauricular) the ear if excess skin needs to be removed. These incision locations are usually well hidden post-operatively.
The operation usually takes from two to three hours depending on the extent of neck lift needed and whether or not other procedures are combined with this procedure. Clients will typically go home the same day but arrangements can be made for the client to stay overnight.
A surgical drain is usually left in place. The purpose of the drain is to drain any post-operative bleeding that may occur. A prescription for narcotic pain medication is given in case the client needs it post-operatively. The client is asked to keep the head elevated as much as possible and to avoid flexing the neck as much as possible (i.e. not sleeping on a pillow). The client is seen in the office on the day after the operation and the drain is usually removed at this time. Clients will shower on the first day after the neck lift procedure. Swelling and bruising is to be expected and will improve in two to three weeks. Sutures are usually removed by post-operative day four to seven. Clients should be able to return to work in one week and should avoid heavy physical exertion for six weeks.
Potential complications include, but are not limited to, bleeding, wound healing problems, and infection. Other complications are possible, and will be discussed with you during the cosmetic surgery consultation.
Jeffrey G. Lind II, MD and The Lind Institute of Plastic Surgery offer high service and modern care for neck lift clients in The Woodlands and Houston, Texas area.