Answers To Questions About Neck Lift
Will smoking affect my recovery?
Smoking adversely affects wound healing. The small vessels that supply blood to the tissues shrink up and prevent the necessary nutrients for healing to get to the wound. The incidence of having a wound complication such as an open wound or skin death is much higher in smokers. Furthermore, the rate of wound infection is also significantly increased in smokers for the same reason of limited blood flow. Because of this, a patient must stop smoking for a minimum of two weeks prior to surgery to decrease the risk of these complications.
Are facelifts commonly performed with other procedures?
Yes. Facelifts do not treat the upper portion of the face. Baggy eyelids, crow’s feet, descended brows, or a wrinkled forehead can be addressed by combining your face or neck lift with a brow lift, and a blepharoplasty. Other facial procedures which may help achieve your desired look, such as an otoplasty/ear surger, lip augmentation, chin augmentation and rhinoplasty can also be performed in conjunction with a facelift.
I have lost a massive amount of weight and would like to know what my surgical options are to remove the excess skin.
Congratulations on your weight loss. There are several well developed operations intended to rid you of your excess skin. A lower body lift combined with an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck will lift the buttocks and outer thighs while also tightening the abdomen. An inner thigh lift will tighten the upper, inner thighs while an arm lift can reduce the skin laxity on your upper arms. If your breast are too relaxed, you may benifit from a breast lift (mastopexy) or combination breast augmentation with lift. Finally, if lax, sagging facial skin is a problem, a facelift or mini-facelift combined with a brow lift will tighten your facial tissues without giving you that fake, operated appearance.
How much time passes between the initial consultation and surgery?
Once you have had your complementary consult with one of our surgeons, it is typically 2-4 weeks before surgery. However, this can vary significantly.
What is a neck lift?
A neck lift or cervical tuck is a procedure designed to tighten the neck, reduce any fatty bulges, remove the jowls, and redefine the jawline. Scars are hidden in much the same way as a facelift. The deeper tissues of the neck including the muscles are tightened to restore the youthful angle between your chin and neck. Further sculpting of the neck is accomplished by removing any excess fat that has developed below the chin. Finally, excess skin is excised to define the jaw and leave you with a smooth and taught neck contour.