Some people have a sloping neck that gives a sagging look and lack of definition from the point of the chin down into the neck. This can occur as part of the ageing process, considerable weight loss or it may be a family trait. The cause of the sloping shape is the attachments of the muscles in the neck or a mixture of aging, gravity and collection of fat deposits.
What does the operation involve?
A neck lift operation usually takes 2 hours and is carried out under general anaesthetic. During the operation an incision is made just under the chin in order to remove excess fat. The neck muscle may also need tightening or reattaching to the thin bone in the front of the neck. Occasionally the problem needs an additional face lift type incision around the ear as to adequately deal with the problem. Once completed, the incision is closed up with stitches.
What to expect post surgery?
Specialist post–op care:
> Polyfax antiseptic ointment to be applied to the scars twice a day for about 2 weeks.
> Ice compress for the 2 days whilst in hospital.
> Sleep with head slightly elevated on a few pillows for the first 2 weeks and avoid bending the head down.
> TED stockings to be worn for 2 weeks.
> No restrictions but avoid strenuous activities for about the first 2 weeks.
> Moisturise all scars for at least 3 months.
> Avoid direct sunlight for the first 3 months.
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What are the risks?
Common side effects:
> Pain, swelling and bruising that can last up to a month.
> Scarring usually fades but won’t completely disappear.
Uncommon but potential complications:
As with any operation problems may arise with an unexpected reaction to the anaesthetic, excessive bleeding, blood clots or infection. Complications can occur during or after the procedure.
Risks specifically related to neck lift surgery include:
> Haematoma – if bleeding occurs under the skin, further surgery is sometimes required.
> Damage to facial nerves that may cause numbness in the face.
> Poor quality scar left on the neck.
> May require a front facelift if the neck is too broad.