Do you suffer from tech neck? One of its unappealing symptoms is the appearance of deep lines and wrinkles along the neckline. Are you considering neck lift surgery but feeling anxious and unsure about the process? Learning about what happens during the procedure can ease your concerns.
Here is the step-by-step guide on the neck lift procedure:
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Step 1: Consultation
To start the process, schedule a consultation with a reputable plastic surgeon. During this appointment, the surgeon will examine your neck, assess your medical history, and talk with you about your desired results. They may also take photos for reference. Use this opportunity to ask any questions or share any concerns you have about the procedure.
Step 2: Preparation
To prepare for your procedure, your surgeon may request that you make minor adjustments to your daily lifestyle and routine in the weeks preceding it. Some examples include:
- Stop smoking
- Receive a medical evaluation and lab testing
- Begin taking certain medications
- Avoid taking certain medications
It’s important to keep yourself hydrated before and after the procedure. It’s also a good idea to prepare by stocking up on groceries and necessary supplies for your initial recovery period. Additionally, it’s important to arrange for reliable transportation and care after the procedure. We suggest having someone stay with you for the first 24-48 hours. Keep in mind that you’ll need to take a few days off work, so make sure to plan this well in advance.
Step 3: Anesthesia
Upon your arrival for the procedure, you will receive either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. It is common for those who have never undergone anesthesia to feel nervous about this aspect of the procedure. However, individuals who have undergone the same procedure can attest that it is usually a quick, easy, and painless process. If you are feeling anxious about anesthesia, consider using relaxation techniques like visualization and deep breathing.
You may also bring a support person with you on the day of the procedure.
Step 4: Incision
After the anesthesia takes effect, your surgeon will start the procedure by making small incisions in discreet areas like the creases of the neck, under the chin, or behind the ears. The use of multiple, smaller incisions promotes faster healing and reduces scarring. In case you are undergoing other procedures, additional incisions may be necessary.
Step 5: The Procedure
The type of procedure you receive will be based on your specific needs and preferences. In the case of liposuction, a small tube will be inserted through the incision to extract excess fat.
In a complete neck lift procedure, excess fat from the neck and jowls is either redistributed or sculpted. Additionally, the platysma may be tightened, and the tissue underneath the neck will be repositioned.
Step 6: Closure
After a surgical procedure, the incisions are usually closed using sutures. Certain sutures will dissolve naturally, while others will require manual removal within a few days.
After the surgery, the surgical sites will be wrapped in bandages and you will be provided with a neck garment that will apply a gentle amount of pressure to the area to help with healing. Following that, you will be transferred to a recovery room where you will be observed until the anesthesia has worn off and you are ready to be discharged.
Step 7: Recovery
It is common to experience swelling and discomfort in the neck area, along with moderate bruising. Any pain you feel will be mild to moderate and can be alleviated with medication as advised by your surgeon. our surgeon will provide guidance on how to take care of the incision sites, so it is important to follow their instructions closely.
As we mentioned before, it’s crucial to have someone with you at home, especially during the first 24-48 hours of recovery. This person can assist with meal preparation and other activities that might put too much strain on your neck. Additionally, we suggest taking a month off work to allow enough rest and complete recovery.
We will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your healing process. In case you experience severe pain, additional bruising, or abnormal discharge from the incision sites, please contact your surgeon immediately.
It’s important to keep in mind that a neck lift won’t halt the aging process. Nevertheless, it will provide a long-lasting enhancement to your neck and chin’s appearance, helping you maintain a youthful look and feel for many years.