If you are unhappy about loose or sagging skin around your neck and jaw area, you may be considering a neck lift. Neck lifts can be performed in several ways. During your consultation your surgeon will recommend the procedure that’s right for you.
Neck lift surgery usually takes between one to three hours and is performed under general anaesthetic.
Your surgeon will remove any excess skin or fatty tissue under your chin giving it a smoother more defined look. Loose or sagging skin can be eliminated by accessing and tightening the neck muscles through small incisions. Your surgeon may use liposuction as well. Depending on the extent of your surgery you may need to spend one night in hospital.
After surgery you will experience some pain and bruising which should settle within 2 weeks. You may also feel tightness, burning, pulling or numbness around the neck area. You should be able to return to work within one to two weeks, but should refrain from strenuous activity for around three weeks.
What are the risks?
Every surgical procedure has a risk of complications. Be sure and discuss any concerns you might have about these risks with your surgeon.
General complications of any operation:
• Infection in a surgical wound
• Blood clots
Specific complications of neck lift surgery:
• Bruising and swelling
• Numbness or tingling
• Feeling of tightness or pulling
• Nerve damage