Cervicoplasty (Neck Lift)
Who may need a cervicoplasty?
Individuals suffering from a fleshy neck or excessively fatty neck may be good candidates for a neck lift. Lack of definition of the jaw line (jowls) and excessive skin are common complaints. Being overweight, aging and a genetic predisposition may be to blame.
Evaluation for a neck lift
During your initial consultation, you should carefully disclose your previous surgeries, your medical history and medication history. Your skin quality and the position of underlying neck muscles will be assessed. Your surgeon will then be able to determine what technique and possible additional procedures will be necessary to address your concerns.
How is a neck lift done?
During neck lift surgery or Cervicoplasty, an incision is made in front and behind your ears. Following initial undermining excess fat and skin are removed from the neck. It may be necessary to either remove or alter some of the neck muscles. This results in a more defined neck and jawline appearance. A neck lift may be performed either alone, or in conjunction with neck liposuction, a facelift or a chin implant in order to further enhance the appearance of the neck. One procedure alone like liposuction or a chin implant can bring about a better neck appearance. Your surgeon will help determine what technique(s) can help you enhance the appearance of your neck.
Risks involved with a neck lift
Fortunately, major complications are not often encountered. As with any surgery, risk of infection (very rare) and reaction to anaesthesia is always a possibility. Another potential complication during a neck lift is the occurrence of a haematoma (an accumulation of blood under the skin). Also injury to underlying structures (nerves and blood vessels) is possible, though usually temporary. The surgical scar is usually quite inconspicuous; however, this is not entirely predictable due to individual variations in healing.
Recovery following a neck lift
The speed and extent of recovery is variable. Use of intermittent cold compress as well as elevation of the head (3-4 pillows) is extremely helpful in reducing the initial post-operative swelling. Aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications should be avoided for the first few days after your surgery. Smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke delays the healing process.Once the dressings and drains are removed, do not be alarmed by any unevenness or temporary asymmetry; this is normal. Most swelling is usually in the first 24 to 48 hours. Stitches are removed within 7-10 days of the surgery. Bruising mostly resolves within 2 weeks. If there is any numbness usually resolves within several months. Straining, bending, and lifting should be avoided.
How much does it cost?
Cervicoplasty (Neck Lift)
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