Your neck might be one of the first areas you show signs of aging. This might make you look older than you feel even when your face is still without sagging and wrinkles. While certain cosmetic treatments can improve the appearance of your neck, if your neck has sagging skin, sagging muscles, or too much fat, a neck lift might be the right solution. Here's what to expect when you get a neck lift.
An Evaluation Helps The Doctor Plan Your Surgery
There are different types of neck lifts. You might need liposuction to remove excess fat that gives you a double chin. If your skin is sagging, you may need skin removed or tightened. Sagging muscles can also make your neck look old and wrinkled. Your doctor might fix this problem by tightening muscles in your neck and pulling the skin tight.
Neck lifts can also be done along with other types of facial surgeries if needed. You might want a brow lift or other work done on your face at the same time. However, you can also have a neck lift done by itself.
A Full Recovery Could Take Several Weeks
A neck lift is done as an outpatient surgery, and you'll be able to go home to recover. You may need to keep your neck straight and elevated for a few days. Your neck will be bandaged, and you may need to go back to your doctor to have the stitches removed unless the doctor uses glue or stitches that dissolve on their own.
You might have pain and discomfort initially, but in several days, you should be well on the way to recovery. However, it could take weeks for the swelling to go down and months for the incision to heal completely. You'll notice a change in your appearance right away. The final results won't be seen until all the swelling has gone away and the incision has healed, so it is invisible in your hairline or behind your ears.
If you are a smoker, stop smoking well before you have your neck lift. Your recovery might be easier if you're in good overall health. Your doctor will check your general health and look into medications and supplements you take. This is to make sure you're a good candidate for the surgery, so your risk of complications is low and you'll be happy with the results of your surgery. However, you'll still want to follow your doctor's instructions for recovery, including when you can go back to work. This way you heal properly and as quickly as possible after your neck lift.