If you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your neck you are not alone. Many men and women describe developing a “turkey neck” as the skin on their neck ages, loosens, wrinkles, and sags. Some patients may be bothered by vertical bands which form between their chin and neck. Using various techniques Dr. Kpodzo can smooth out the wrinkles and tighten the muscle underneath to restore the clean angles seen in a youthful neck, chin, and jaw. This surgery can be done alone, or combined with a facelift.
Neck Lift Surgery: What to Expect
- Surgical Setting - patients usually spend one night in the hospital after the procedure.
- Anesthesia - General anesthetic
About the Surgery
The surgery typically takes about 4-6 hours depending on whether a mini-facelift, full facelift, or neck lift alone is done. For some patients a small incision will be made under the chin in order to shape and tighten the neck. For additional tightening Dr. Kpodzo may add an incision which goes around the bottom part of the ear, behind the ear and into the hair (similar to a facelift type of incision). Some liposuction of the neck is often performed as part of the procedure.
Most patients take 1-2 weeks off from work. Swelling and bruising can last for 1-2 weeks. Immediately after surgery patients must avoid any activity that will raise their blood pressure and the head is kept elevated to help decrease swelling. After about 2 weeks very light exercise such as walking can be resumed but sports and vigorous exercise must be strictly avoided for 4-6 weeks. You will need to wear a chin strap for 24 hours a day for at least one week after surgery and then in the evenings for another 2 weeks.