The aging process causes a number of changes in a patient’s appearance that are unwanted, causing patients to feel self-conscious especially when looking older then they feel. The aging process can cause significant sagging in the neck area, creating a ‘turkey neck’ similarity caused by the drooping of excess skin, tissue and the laxity or loosening of the muscles.
The neck lift procedure involves the removal of excess skin and tissue while tightening the muscles and remaining skin. The procedure corrects the neck area including the lower jaw line. This procedure is often performed in conjunction with a face lift. The patient is placed under anaesthetic and incisions are made in the fold under the chin and/or behind the ear. The surgeon specifically makes incisions in the most inconspicuous location possible to provide the patient with optimal results by minimising scarring. The surgeon removes excess fat and tightens the muscles using stitches to hold it in place. The skin is pulled tight over the area before closing the incision to provide a youthful, smooth result.
Following the surgery the patient is required to wear a dressing and a chin strap to support the treatment area and encourage the healing process. The chin strap is worn for a minimum of a week following the procedure. Patients generally require the week off work while wearing the chin strap and allowing time for the stitches to heal. The patient will experience discomfort after the procedure which can be managed with pain medication. The treatment area will also have swelling and bruising, this will gradually fade in the weeks following the surgery.
The results of a neck lift procedure can be appreciated by the patient a minimum of four weeks following the procedure. In the instances where neck lift surgery is used in conjunction with other procedures the procedure, recovery and result process will change. The surgeon will discuss the approach specific to each patient, their body type, health needs and desired results during the consultation.