Advantages of Neck Surgery
As skin loses elasticity and there is loss of volume due to the ageing process, skin can begin to sag, resulting in the appearance of vertical bands, lines and wrinkles. If you lose a lot of weight you may be left with excess skin under the chin and around the neck area too. A separate neck lift may be sufficient to achieve the results you desire but it can be performed in conjunction with a facelift. As with any cosmetic procedure, your expectations should be realistic. The results of a neck lift surgery will depend on the elasticity of your skin and to what degree it has been affected by age, sun damage and loss of volume.
1. Local anaesthesia + IV sedation
2. Moderate discomfort
3. Day procedure
4. 2-3 hours
5. Permanent change
Neck Surgery Procedure
The procedure is normally undertaken with IV sedation. A U-shaped incision, approximately 5 cm is made around the earlobe, through which the platysma muscle is stretched to improve the laxity. A small amount of excess skin is removed. Double chins may also be corrected during the same procedure by making a small incision underneath the chin to release the platysma muscle.
The procedure is performed in the clinic, under local anaesthetic with sedation. This is minimally invasive surgery so the patient can return home, fully recovered, the same day
Neck Surgery Aftercare
Once your treatment is complete you will be transferred to the recovery room where you will rest and eat and drink. Usually after 30-45 minutes you will be ready to go home.
At Day 1 and Day 7 we will expect you to return for a wound check. Some sutures will be removed after 7 days and your wound checked. The remaining sutures will be removed 10 days to 2 weeks later.
Following surgery it is advisable to keep your head elevated for at least a week (2 days for mini facelift). Scars can get wet within 48 hours but do not rub the wounds. Most bruising disappears in a couple of weeks but residual swelling may last for months. Your appearance is generally presentable in a week for mini facelift and 2 – 4 weeks for a full facelift however healing continues for up to a year.
Your surgeon will see you after six weeks for a follow-up assessment and as often as required until you are fully recovered. It is vital that you attend all necessary postoperative appointments.
The best candidate for a neck lift is a man or woman whose neck has begun to sag, but whose skin still has some elasticity and whose bone structure is strong and well defined.
Following surgery it is advisable to keep your head elevated for at least a week. Scars can get wet with water only within 48 hours but do not rub the wounds. Most bruising disappears in a couple of weeks but residual swelling may last for months. Your appearance is generally presentable in 2 to 4 weeks but healing continues for up to a year. Avoid excessive neck turning movements and movements that give a feeling of pulling or tightness along the suture line for the first month. Some sutures will be removed after 7 days and your wound checked. The remaining sutures will be removed 10 days to 2 weeks later.
The surgeon who performed your surgery will see you after six weeks for a follow-up assessment and as often as required until you are fully recovered. It is vital that you attend all necessary postoperative appointments. You may need to take 2-3 three weeks off work.
Mr Hassan Shaaban | Plastic Surgeon
Face, Breast and Body Contouring Surgery
GMC Number: 4560472
Consultations: 99 Harley Street
His aesthetic interest lies in the field of earlobe reductions, face and neck lifts, mini, breast work and full tummy tucks and cellulaze laser therapy for cellulite.
I can’t recommend EA clinic enough. I have had several procedures there now (vaser liposuction, mole removal and peels) and between Gill and Dr Anthony I have been so well looked after. They are consistently professional, passionate and clear in the options they provide you. Whether it is consultation, procedure or aftercare Dr Anthony always has so much time to make you feel at ease and fully informed. Both Gill and Dr Anthony are also friendly which is so lovely and welcoming as a patient. Overall I feel so much happier and confident since seeing the team at EA Clinic.
Published 13 June 2018