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Neck Lift

Neck Lift Surgeon Sydney

What is a Neck Lift exactly?

1) What is a Neck Lift exactly?

A Neck Lift – also known as Platysmaplasty – is a surgical procedure that can restore the skin around the neck to a youthful appearance. Most commonly, candidates select this procedure to address sagging or excess skin in the neck area, sometimes referred to as a “turkey wattle”. The procedure removes or alters the muscles and excess skin in your neck to give it a sleeker, leaner appearance. By creating more definition in the angle of the jaw, the appearance of the neck is greatly improved.

As an alternative – or in addition – to surgery, candidates may elect to have muscle relaxant injections in the neck. These injections can relax parts of the platysma that are responsible for the “band” appearance and improve the fullness of the neck.

Most often, these injections need to be performed with a lower facelift or facial and neck thread lift procedures, and are rarely performed on their own.

2) Am I a good candidate for a Neck Lift?

Some commonly desired outcomes for candidates considering a neck lift are:

  • Elimination of “Turkey wattle” neck (appearance of neck “bands”)
  • Eliminating areas of fat from under the chin (double chin)
  • Removing excess fat around the neck
  • Removing excess skin
  • Liposuction to remove excess fat
  • Removing or altering neck muscles

Or, the option of a non-surgical procedure:

  • Muscle relaxant injections to address problems with fullness or “bands”

3) Do you qualify for Neck Lift surgery?

Adult candidates – whether male or female – are able to have elective neck lift surgery. Typically, candidates are aged between 30 and 70 years old.

Ideal candidates for neck lift surgery should demonstrate good physical and mental health. Smokers are encouraged to quit several weeks before the procedure to avoid slow healing and potential post-procedure problems. It is also recommended that drinking alcohol is kept to a minimum before and after surgery, in order to avoid complications during surgery and reduce recovery time.

Once a candidate’s suitability for a neck lift has been determined, Dr. Zacharia will provide consultation to explain the proposed surgery and the variables that may affect the procedure.

4) How much does a Neck Lift cost?

The cost of a neck lift surgery varies, depending on the patient and complexity of the procedure performed. The cost will be inclusive of fees for the physician, anaesthetic, hospital fees, and, if applicable, charges for an overnight stay.

Generally, any surgery performed purely cosmetic reasons will not be covered by health insurance. In some cases, wherein the procedure is deemed medically necessary – such as the correction of birth defects or damage resulting from trauma – cosmetic procedures may be covered. Patients are encouraged to speak directly to their health service provider to determine the specifics of their policy and confirm insurance coverage.

Book a consultation, request a quote online, or contact the staff at Dr. Zacharia’s rooms today on (02) 9192 1600.

5) How do I prepare for Neck Lift surgery?

During the initial consultation, Dr. Zacharia will discuss the procedure with the patient in detail; outlining possible risks and limitations, the financial costs involved, the patient’s expectations and goals, and the recovery process. He will also conduct a medical examination and assist in preparing the patient both physically and mentally for neck lift surgery.

Dr. Zacharia will then provide the patient with an easy-to-read information package that explains all the required information to be aware of prior to undergoing neck lift surgery.

6) Anaesthesia procedure

A neck lift is most often performed using general anaesthesia. Dr. Zacharia and his anaesthetist will assist each patient to make the decision regarding which type of anaesthesia is most suitable.

7) About the procedure

Most neck lift surgeries take at least two to three hours or more depending on complexity, and may require an overnight stay. Each patient’s situation will be different, and surgery specifics will vary accordingly.

A neck lift is performed to reduce the excess skin of the neck, improving the “band” or “turkey wattle” appearance. During the procedure, incisions will be made under the chin or behind the ears, or both. Dr. Zacharia will perform liposuction of fat if required, tighten the muscles of the neck with sutures or excise the muscles and remove excess skin from behind the ears.

There is an alternative technique for patients who are unhappy with their neck laxity but prefer to avoid the anterior incision of a facelift. This procedure is called the Giampapa suture-suspension neck lift.

Giampapa suture-suspension procedure involves making a small incision underneath the chin, through which the skin is undermined and excess fat in the triangle below the chin and jaw line is removed with a very thin liposuction cannula.

Then, through small incisions – inconspicuously placed in the creases behind each ear – a permanent nylon suture is drawn underneath the chin and platysma muscle situated on either side of the neck to create an artificial ligament. Once the suture is anchored in place, this muscle is tightened and held in position, providing a more youthful appearance to the neck.

Non-surgical neck injectable muscle relaxant:

Muscle relaxant injections are the non-surgical option available to patients, and can be used to reduce excess fullness or “bands” in your neck that makes you look older. Those injections can be done in 15 minutes on an outpatient basis, meaning no overnight stay in hospital is required.

8) What can I expect after the surgery?

For the first 24 hours after surgery, patients should ensure that they are monitored by a family member or a close friend in case any complications should arise. Patients should have loose-fitting clothing on hand to wear, as it will not be possible to wear clothing that will rub against the neck after surgery. It’s important to remember that recovery takes time – most patients can resume normal activities, including work, within two to four weeks of having the procedure.

9) What are the risks and complications involved in Neck Lift surgery?

No surgery is risk free, and as with all procedures there are number of potential risks and complications to consider when undergoing neck lift surgery. Understanding those risks prior to having surgery is essential.

The likelihood that complications will occur during neck lift surgery or the recovery process is very small. This is not intended to be a complete list of possible complications, but rather an overview of the most common risks associated with this kind of surgery:

  • Swelling and bruising
  • Burning or tingling sensations in the neck area
  • Infection
  • Allergic reactions to anaesthesia
  • Possible numbness or lack of sensation

During the initial consultation, Dr. Zacharia will answer any questions and provide detailed information regarding all possible complications involved with the surgery.

10) How long is the recovery time after surgery?

Recovering from a neck lift takes time; patients can expect some discomfort for several days after surgery, and will be given pain medication. Applying cold compresses to the area will help reduce swelling and soothe pain. Most stitches can be removed after five to ten days’ depending on how quickly healing occurs.

The neck, jaw and ears may be bruised and continue to swell for up to 10 days. Severe pain or abnormal symptoms should be reported to Dr. Zacharia immediately.

11) How long will I be off work/school?

It is recommended that patients take at least one week of recovery time after surgery, being careful to take it easy for an additional two weeks after that. Most patients find they can return to work in 10 to 14 days.

12) Will I have visible scars after Neck Lift surgery?

Any time an incision is made in the skin, scarring will form during the healing process. Successful incision healing is dependent on several factors, including:

  • Surgical technique
  • Prevention of infection
  • Reduction of tension
  • Patient nutrition
  • Avoiding smoking (both before or after surgery)

Dr. Zacharia will make every effort to make any scars as inconspicuous as possible. However, neck lift surgery does result in some scarring that may be noticeable; two months prior to the surgery scarring will appear firm and pink, and may remain this way for six months.

13) When will I see the final results?

It can take 3-6 months for the final results of a neck lift to be evident.

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