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With age, a number of changes take place in the neck, making it less attractive. Some of these changes include excess fatty deposits, sagginess of the skin and development of thick neck bands also known as platysma bands.
A neck lift is typically done in conjunction with a facelift, but can also be performed alone. The main purpose of the surgery is to enhance the definition of the neck. During the procedure, loose skin in the neck in corrected, excess fat is removed and the stretched neck muscle is tightened.
How neck lift surgery is performed
The procedure is performed by placing incisions under the chin and around the ears. When there is an abundance of extra skin in this area, it needs to be removed as part of the lift. Sometimes liposuction is necessary; this will be determined by your surgeon at the time of your visit.
The visible edges of the loose neck muscles are sutured together and tightened. The surgery take about two and half hours and you will go home the same day.
What to expect after surgery
During the first week you will experience some numbness and discomfort. You will have to wear a facial garment to keep compression on the area. For the first twenty-four to forty-eight hours you will be on bed rest.
Sleeping in an elevated position can sometimes help with the swelling. For the first week you should plan on remaining at home. Swelling and bruising usually subsides in 1 to 2 weeks.
Resumption of physical activity
During the second and third week you may be allowed to gradually increase your activity. Excessive bending of the neck should be avoided during this period. Walking is encouraged but exercise and athletic activities are discouraged during the healing phase. Resumption of normal activities is allowed after 4 to 6 weeks.