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What is a neck lift surgery?

 A neck lift surgery, also known as lower rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic procedure designed to address sagging skin, excess fat, and muscle laxity in the neck area. This procedure is often chosen by individuals seeking to improve the appearance of a “turkey neck” or a double chin. During a neck lift, a plastic surgeon will make incisions either behind the ears or under the chin, and sometimes both, to access the underlying tissues. The surgeon then tightens the underlying muscles, removes excess fat, and trims or repositions the skin to create a smoother and more youthful neck contour.

How long does the surgery typically take?

The duration of a neck lift surgery can vary based on the complexity of the procedure, the specific techniques used, and whether any additional procedures are being performed simultaneously. On average, a neck lift surgery usually takes around 2 to 3 hours to complete. However, this time frame can be longer if the surgery is combined with other facial rejuvenation procedures, such as a facelift or eyelid surgery.

What is the recovery process like after a neck lift?

The recovery process following a neck lift surgery typically involves several stages:

  • Immediate Recovery: After the surgery, patients might experience swelling, bruising, and some discomfort in the treated area. Pain medication prescribed by the surgeon can help manage any discomfort.

  • First Week: During the first week, it’s important to rest and keep the head elevated to minimize swelling. Ice packs and prescribed medications can help with swelling and pain. Stitches may be removed within this time frame.

  • Two Weeks: By the end of the second week, many patients can return to work and resume light activities. However, it’s important to avoid strenuous exercise and activities that could strain the neck.

  • Several Weeks: Swelling and bruising will gradually diminish over the next several weeks. Patients should continue to follow the surgeon’s guidelines for post-operative care and avoid sun exposure.

  • Full Recovery: Complete recovery and the final results may take a few months, as the tissues settle into their new positions and any residual swelling subsides.

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