Time can be hard on the skin and the soft tissues beneath it. As our skin loses elasticity, gravity has its way and the folds, lines, and sagging skin on the neck and chin is unsightly and make us feel even older than we really are. A popular way to deal with the inevitable march of time is to visit a cosmetic surgeon and begin on the path to rejuvenating our skin and bring back the youthful look that keeps us looking and feeling years younger. Dr. Sonny O offers a neck lift procedure that can eliminate lines and sagging skin around the neck.

What is Involved in a Neck Lift?

Neck lifts can be done in a variety of ways in order to meet your specific needs and concerns. Often times it is performed in combination with other procedures such as a chin lift, facelift, or liposuction to achieve the overall results you are after.

A neck lift is done under either local or general anesthesia depending if you are having any other procedures done. A neck lift itself is usually done under a local anesthesia and is an outpatient procedure lasting about 2.5-3.5 hours. During the procedure incisions are made in the chin area and behind the ears. The skin is tightened and permanent sutures are put in place.

Recovering from a Neck Lift

The initial recovery period for a neck lift is 7 to 10 days during which time you will notice swelling and bruising in the area of the procedure. Compression garments are used to minimize swelling and bruising and aid in healing. There may also be drains placed on each side of the neck for the first couple of days to reduce swelling.

Expect to take 7 to 10 days off of work and to need help for the first couple of days. You will be asked to refrain from strenuous activity and depending on your surgeon they may other suggestions to help aid in your healing such as sleeping at a 45-degree angle and the use of either ice or a cooling mask to help bring down swelling.