Very often the neck is the first area of your appearance to show signs of aging. A neck lift restores a youthful, angular appearance to the lower face. The benefits of a neck lift are very long lasting. The procedure may never need to be redone, as is often the case with facelifts.
If you’ve used neurotoxins regularly for anti-aging in the upper two thirds of your face, the lower third of your face and neck could start to look mis-matched and significantly older. Dr. Sabry will recommend the best set of procedures to bring your appearance back into youthful tone and harmony.
Dr. Sabry will do a thorough consultation in which all of the factors pertaining to your lower face and neck are examined. While we refer to the correction as a neck lift, what you may actually have is actually a set of procedures.
Your initial consultation with Dr. Sabry will take at least one hour. During your consultation Dr. Sabry will discuss your goals and expectations. Then he will thoroughly examine you, explain which of your facial components are contributing to an aging appearance, and outline the best options for your unique facial structure. If you are a smoker you will be asked to quit smoking 6-8 weeks prior to your surgery. Once you decide to proceed you will meet with our Practice Manager to go over scheduling, payment options and insurance questions.
As you approach the date of your surgery you will have a comprehensive preoperative visit in our office approximately two weeks before your surgery. A complete list of “dos and don’ts” will be reviewed as well as the pre and postoperative instructions and any questions that remain will be answered. You will be directed to avoid anything that has a blood-thinning effect (aspirin, ibuprofen, vitamin E etc.) for two weeks before surgery. You will be asked to minimize alcohol intake. Basic blood work for preoperative testing will be ordered.
In some cases only the skin may need to be removed or lifted. If there is excess fat below the chin you may need liposuction. In other cases the platysma muscle may need to be tightened (platysmaplasty). Unattractive banding appears on the neck when it becomes lax. A platysma plasty however will not correct jowling. That condition is best addressed by a lower facelift.
A youthful neck with too much fullness under the chin may be treated with liposuction alone. In this case no drains, incisions or suturing are required. Recovery is very fast, with very little downtime.
You will be seen on the day after surgery to remove bandages and drains. You may shower upon returning home. Stitches are removed within 4 to 7 days. Temporary bruising and numbness are normal, and will improve in a few weeks. Most patients return to work within two weeks and can resume physical activity in 4 weeks. During your recovery process Dr. Sabry will see you for post-operative visits. He and our staff will answer any questions you may have about your recovery. Our care and concern extends to your overall health and well-being.
Temporary bruising and numbness are expected and may improve in few weeks. Complications are rare but may include hematoma, temporary or permanent nerve injury, infection, and reactions to anesthesia.