The Neck Lift Surgery
A neck lift is a focused surgical rejuvenation procedure that improves the contour of the neck and re-establishes the jaw/neckline. The procedure improves jowling, relieves extensive banding in the neck and addresses excess volume or fat accumulation in the neck. It also improves wrinkling in the neck and gives a much more youthful appearance to the face.
Performing a Neck Lift Procedure
The procedure is performed in a day surgery center, either under sedation or general anesthesia. It takes approximately two hours to perform. The incisions are made most frequently just by a crease behind the chin that allows volume to be corrected and the banding in the neck to be tightened. Most often this is combined with an incision that starts by the earlobe and extends behind the ear to the hairline behind the ear. After the incisions are made, the tissues are redraped. The muscles and tissue layers are tightened to give a more lasting result.
A bandage is applied to the chin/neck area overnight and is removed the following day in the office. The discomfort patients experience is usually very mild to moderate.
The downtime after a Neck Lift Surgery
We anticipate that patients can start working out at about one week and resume all the normal activities by two weeks. The sutures are removed one week after surgery. The results are very lasting in nature, but as with all soft tissue surgery, the tissues will relax over time, and some refinements may be necessary for the future.
Neck Lift FAQs
Who is a Good Candidate for Neck Lift Plastic Surgery?
The best candidates for this procedure are in their 30’s and early 40’s. Patients older than this often have mid-face laxity and benefit from a more typical facelift or a short incision neck lift. The neck lift is particularly good for patients who have excess volume in the neck and have lost the definition of the jawline. It may often be combined with a chin implant to establish a more sharply defined jawline and chin/neck transition.
How Long Until I See the Results?
The results are apparent as early as the day after surgery. However there is often swelling and moderate bruising that is evident for ten days or so, which can be nicely covered with make-up.
How can I Speed the Recovery?
We find that patients who work with our aesthetician pre-operatively and post-operatively can expedite their recovery. The aesthetician can help encourage lymphatic drainage and use other techniques to reduce swelling and expedite the return to normal activities.
What are the Risks?
The potential risks include some numbness at the surgical site. We find this to be almost uniformly the case, but the potential for persisting numbness is an exceedingly rare event. There is always some swelling in the area after surgery. Patients can usually feel some bumpiness for several weeks after surgery. The incidence of persistent bumpiness is extremely uncommon. Infection is a potential, but again extremely rare. We have never seen it in our practice with a neck lift. If a chin implant is included with the neck lift there may be some numbness along the chin area as well, and the chin is likely to appear too large for the first ten days or so.
The most common adverse outcome is to develop a hematoma, which is a collection of fluid that occurs in the neck. On occasion, this may require a return visit to the operating room to evacuate the fluid. Even if this rare complication occurs, its treatment does not alter the outcome and aesthetic benefit for the patient. We have found that many patients who come in seeking a neck lift do benefit from liposuction and/or a chin implant in addition to the original surgery. Some patients, if they have considerable laxity, may actually benefit more from a face/neck lift rather than just a neck lift alone.
Facial Plastic Surgeon In Minneapolis: Dr Sofia Lyford-pike, Md
Dr. Hilger is proud to welcome Dr. Sofia Lyford-Pike to The Hilger Clinic. He states, “After a decade of searching for the perfect partner, the team was delighted to have Dr. Lyford-Pike join our clinic. She possesses the essential and unique traits to build a successful practice of this caliber. Her artistry, empathy, and integrity compliment the outstanding surgical skills that our clinic demands and patients deserve.”
Dr. Lyford-Pike is a highly accomplished and skilled facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon. At The Hilger Clinic, Dr. Lyford-Pike performs a full spectrum of procedures, from minimally invasive injectables and skin treatments to comprehensive, life-changing facial surgeries. “Each patient and case I see is unique, and my goal is to collaborate with my patients to truly understand and advise what is best for her or him. It is my obligation to explain all options and the procedure thoroughly so that my patients will make confident, informed decisions, and know that I will support them the entire way”.
Dr. Lyford-Pike also practices medicine at the University of Minnesota, where she performs large, sophisticated reconstructive head and neck, microvascular, and free flap surgeries. She treats acute trauma patients and performs advanced procedures to restore the form and function of the head and neck. Dr. Lyford-Pike runs the Facial Paralysis Center at the University of Minnesota, focusing on regaining patients’ facial expression and literally helping them to smile again. In addition to performing surgeries, Dr. Lyford-Pike is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Facial Plastic Surgery within the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Minnesota.