Why is a Neck Lift procedure performed?
If your neck area has loose skin or extra fat or you have lost the youthful appearance of a sharp neck angle, a neck lift can correct for the effects of aging by removing the extra skin and fat as well as restoring a youthful neck line. A neck lift is often performed at the same time as a facelift.
During your consultation with Dr. Grace, Dr. Owens, and Dr. Kumar, we will discuss with you the best necklift procedure suited for you. This may involve either liposuction alone or fat removal with muscle tightening and skin excision. Our goal at Maryland Institute of Plastic Surgery is to provide for a necklift that meets your expectations.
Advil, Aleve, aspirin, ibuprofen, Motrin, and naprosyn are to be avoided for two weeks prior to the procedure. For similar reasons, high dose vitamins and herbal medications are also to be avoided prior to the procedure. The procedure will be either scheduled in the office or the hospital and will require someone to drive you home and stay with you for the first 24 hours. Normal medications, except those listed above, should generally be taken especially, antihypertensives to ensure a normal blood pressure during the procedure.
Initial recovery is 2 to 3 weeks for the bruising to resolve with full recovery in about 3 to 6 months. Drains are removed during the first 1-2 days and sutures are removed during the first week. Shower can be taken after the drains are removed. No heavy lifting or strenuous activity for the first four weeks and a compression garment is suggested for about four weeks also.