As we age, our genetics, gravity, the sun, and everything we consume or exposure ourselves to takes a toll on our appearance. One of the first places to show the signs of aging and damage is the neck. As we age, many of us develop excess skin and unwanted wrinkles, folds, double chins, and more. Neck lift surgery is one of the most effective ways to treat these conditions, but it is not for everybody. Before you consider neck lift surgery, you should understand the benefits and the risks.
The first step towards neck lift surgery is a consultation with a plastic surgeon. Your surgeon will look over your medical history and make sure you are healthy enough for the procedure. Make sure you tell your surgeon what your goals are with as much detail as possible. Your surgeon will let you know if those goals are realistic, and if so, what it will take to obtain them. Some surgeons charge for consultations, but may put the subtract the cost of the consultation from the price of the surgery if you decide to proceed. Whatever you do, don’t feel pressured to book on day one; take your time and consider everything.
If you decide neck lift surgery is for you, you’ll have some preparation to do. You will be given directions to follow, such as stopping certain pain relievers and avoiding certain substances. You will most likely be given some prescriptions that you should fill before you have your neck lift surgery. In addition, your surgeon may want to do some routine blood work and have a general examination to make sure that any potential complications are identified and addressed so they don’t become problems.
A neck lift surgery may only require two incisions behind and below your ears, or more under your chin if the surgeon is altering you platysma muscle. The platysma muscle is responsible for holding your skin firm and taught, and it may be altered as part of your neck lift surgery. Your surgeon will let you know exactly where incisions will be made and what will be altered and changed. You may or may not have stitches afterward, it depends on the nature of your individual neck lift surgery and what the surgeon views as the best recovery path.
It’s common to experience discomfort and pain after a neck lift surgery, but this canbe managed with medication. A neck lift surgery also offers the advantage of seeing results as soon as the bandages come off, although you may experience some swelling, bruising, and generally not look like yourself for a little while after the procedure. However, recovery is quick and the results will be drastic and permanent.
Talking to a plastic surgeon is the best way to see if neck lift surgery is appropriate for you. When you go to your consultation, write down any questions you have to make sure you don’t forget them. There are no stupid questions, so don’t be bashful. Preparation is the name of the game, so go slow and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it!