Changes in how your neck looks considerably different is a result of the aging process. Usually as you age, your neck skin loosens and afterwards your face starts to wrinkle and sag and eventually your other body parts fall to the same fate. Your neck skin laxity causes this area to lose its elasticity. In these cases, people usually feel the extra skin on their neck or under their chin which is a sign of skin sagging. Some patients even experience fat accumulation around their neck. Due to the point that how close the neck and face are to each other, skin sagging of the neck significantly impacts one’s appearance. The effects of “turkey neck” can be quite detrimental to one’s self-esteem. This is why neck lift surgery is considered to be a very prevalent procedure among middle-aged folks who wish to remove the excess skin around their neck and look younger.

What is the cause of neck skin laxity?

As the neck skin is so sensitive and delicate if it’s in direct exposure to the sun, the likelihood of brown patches and wrinkles appearing will be much higher than on the hands and face.Rapid weight loss is another cause of damage to neck skin and removing it from its natural form.

Hereditary, environmental factors and stress are among the other causes of the deformation of the neck.

What is a neck lift?

Neck lift surgery is usually done in combination with other rejuvenating surgeries, but it can be done as a standalone surgery. During this surgery, excess skin and fat are removed from the neck giving the tightened skin a more desirable look. This surgery is done with the goal of removing excess neck skin, improving and correcting neck muscles, as well as correcting the outline of the chin and jawline. After this surgery, our patients felt more confident. Due to their new youthful appearance, they feel more comfortable wearing open neck clothes and no longer feel the need to use make up in order to cover up their neck blemishes.

What are the benefits of a neck lift?

  • The results of the surgery are quite natural so much so that no one would suspect you had gone under surgery
  • Quick recovery after the surgery and you can return your normal routine after 1 to 3 weeks
  • Looking more attractive and youthful
  • Very low risks associated with the surgery
  • No need to cover the neck area with a scarf or a collared shirt after surgery
  • No need to use make up in order to cover up after surgery blemishes in the neck area
  • Having a lean, attractive, and youthful neck
  • No transparent incisions and the disappearance of traces in a matter of month

Don’t forget that this surgery only affects the neck and does not rejuvenate your whole face. In order to get rid of signs of aging on your face, it’s best to do a facelift surgery as well.

Who is a suitable candidate for a neck lift?

This surgery is suitable for people aged between 30 and 70. Your general health condition must be evaluated before surgery.

In case you meet any of the conditions below, then you are an appropriate candidate for neck lift surgery:

  • Excess fat under the chin, more commonly known as a double chin
  • Excess fat under the jaw and neck
  • Damaged neck skin due to exposure to the sun
  • Wrinkly and loose skin, more commonly known as turkey neck

What neck lift options are there?

At Estetikcentrum cosmetic clinic we perform neck lift surgery in different ways which include:

Neck lift using liposuction:

This method is employed to remove excess fat in the neck area. A neck liposuction is recommended to younger patients who don’t have of much excess neck skin. In this method, the scar doesn’t not last for long.

The recovery and healing period of this surgery is quite short and you can return to your normal activities within days. However, it is necessary that you use a medical neck brace for 5 to 7 days to help speed up the healing process of the scars. There are minimal risks and complication associated with this surgery and in fact its bruising and swelling is also quite limited. Neck lift surgery through this method is relatively low risk in terms of chances of infection which will be certainly increased due to smoking.

Surgery using this method lasts only an hour (depending on whether this is the only procedure which is going to be performed on you).

Cervicoplasty and platysmaplasty:

This surgery is done using general anesthesia and the surgeon will make an incision behind the ears along your hairline. Excess skin is removed and the neck’s muscular structure is tightened. In certain instances, it is also essential to make small holes under the chin to facilitate fat accumulated under the chin to exit.

Cervicoplasty and platysmaplasty are two of the techniques used in this surgery in order to remove excess skin and wrinkles and finally tighten neck skin.

This surgery is suitable for those who have a hard time with the excess skin under their neck. Therefore, in this surgical procedure, the excess skin is removed and the muscles underneath it are tightened. A neck lift using this method results in a more defined jaw and neck line which helps balance out your facial features. The scar in this method is not very visible and disappears in time. You will experience quick recovery after the surgery but you need to be prepared to use a neck brace for a few days.

How long does a neck lift surgery take?

This surgery takes about 2 to 3 hours. However, if it is combined with other desired surgeries, such as facelift, brow lift, and lip wrinkle reduction, it will naturally take longer.

What are the preparation steps for a neck lift surgery?

Before surgery, your body’s general health will be examined in a consultation session with your doctor. During this session, the following points will be examined:

  • Your reason for the necessity of surgery in your standpoint, your desired result ,and your expectations from the surgeon
  • Your medical records for example whether you have any special conditions, cardiovascular diseases, or have specific allergies
  • The medication you use
  • History of tobacco and alcohol use
  • Surgical history

You will also be informed of several important tips and precautions before this surgery. Some of these tips include:

  • No smoking and alcohol two weeks before the surgery
  • No foods containing garlic and no green tea for one week before the surgery
  • No fatty or oily foods
  • Use of medications such as Aspirin, Gelophen, Diclofenac, Mefenamic acid, Ibuprofen and supplements containing vitamin E and C must be halted
  • Make sure to inform your surgeon if you use any blood pressure, diabetes, and thyroid medication. Using these medications until the day of the surgery with minimum water intake is harmless.

In addition to checking your medical records and giving you preparation advice for the surgery, you will also be informed of the neck lift options and treatment process. The intended post-surgery results and possible complications will be discussed with you. For a closer and more precise review, your face and neck will be photographed.

How long does convalescence last after a neck lift surgery?

The convalescence period is different in each patient and also depends on the type of surgery and its scope. It is generally advised that after your surgery, you need to be patient before returning to your normal life. Most people can go back to work and their daily activities within a week or 14 days at most.

You will generally experience some degree of pain and discomfort after your surgery for a few days. Bruising and swelling after the surgery are completely natural and all of the side-effects will be subsided after a week. You can control the pain and bruising to a significant degree using an ice pack. Some patients are advised to use pressured bandages to reduce swelling.
The wound dressings are removed two days after the surgery.

In order to maintain the results, pain and swelling reduction, the patients must refrain from participating in any intense activity, bending and lifting heavy objects for a week. Here are some helpful tips which you should follow after your neck lift surgery:

  • Lay on your back and do not use pillows
  • Using pain medication such as Aspirin, Diclofenac, Mefenamic acid, Ibuprofen is forbidden. In order to relieve the pain, your doctor will prescribe medication for you.
  • In case you experience coughing a lot, inform your surgeon of this condition.
  • You may bathe and take a shower after 48 hours.
  • Use buttoned clothes until the date specified by your surgeon so you don’t need to remove clothes from your head.

What are the complications of neck lift surgery?

Possible complications of this surgery include:

Most common complication in neck lift surgery is swelling and bruising which lasts a few weeks. Neck pain is another issue which affects patients. The pain can be controlled using the medication prescribed by your surgeon. Your pain, swelling, and bruising will be subsided gradually.

A tingling burning sensation and stiffness of the neck is another common complication for patients. It is also possible for some to experience numbness in the lower lip area. The numbness goes away in 2 to 4 weeks.

Another complication some patients experience is asymmetry and uneven skin. Asymmetry during the first few days after the neck lift is the norm and does subside as the swelling and bruising goes down. In some cases ,if the lack of symmetry does not get resolved on its own, it could warrant a second surgery. Neck lift surgery also involves some other risks which have a lower chance of occurring:

  • Infection
  • Liquid accumulation
  • Deep vein thrombosis together with cardiopulmonary complications
  • Rare allergic reactions to medications used during the surgery and afterwards

In case of fever, inflammation, and fat leakage from the scar area, call your surgeon instantly. These are signs of infection and must be dealt with quickly.

Even with all the complications involved in surgeries, we at Estetikcentrum strive to follow health guidelines and standards in order to provide you with a pleasant experience.

How long do the results of a neck lift surgery last?

The results of this restorative surgery are instantly noticeable after surgery but in order to view the full results, you need to wait a bit until the swelling and bruising go down.

How much does a neck lift cost?

Many factors determine the final cost of the surgery which varies from patient to patient. In order to determine the treatment costs, you should consult with your doctor. Some patients need more than one surgery in order to achieve their desired youthful and attractive look.

You can book a consultation session with our professionals online. You can also call us at 040 – 65 66 660.

We look forward to seeing you at Estetikcentrum.

This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about professional plastic surgeries. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your surgeon or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.