Neck lift, also known as lower rhytidectomy, is an outpatient procedure which addresses cosmetic issues about the neck such as jowl, loose skin, and stubborn fat. With the help of a carefully placed incision, excess and stubborn fat can be removed or redistributed. Excess skin gets removed, and cervical muscles get tightened. In this way, neck lift provides a better, more defined, firm, and youthful neck. It also helps to restore balance to facial features. Neck lift can easily be combined with other procedures such as facelift and chin augmentation.
Worldwide, tens of thousands of people have a neck lift each year. If you are having concerns about having a neck lift, do not worry! You are not alone, and we are here with you from the beginning until the end to help you and guide you.
It is not hard to be eligible for a neck lift procedure. If you are reading this, you are probably a candidate already!
You may be a good candidate:
The outcomes of neck lift can be analyzed in two main categories: aesthetical and psychological.
A neck lift can address your cosmetic and aesthetical issues you have about your neck. A neck lift improves the most visible signs of aging (turkey neck, loose skin, jowl) around your neck. Through neck lift, you can achieve a firmer, smoother, youthful, and graceful neckline. Your neck gets tightened, rejuvenated, and unwanted sagging and creases get eliminated.
Many people find cosmetic issues; such as sagging skin, that causes a wattle; excess fat, that creates a double chin; and wrinkles, that makes you look old; on the neck as serious concerns. If you are not happy with the appearance of your neck area, you can experience psychological distress, which can negatively affect your self-confidence. After the procedure, you will have a more positive self-image.
After the procedure, a bandage will be placed around your neck to minimize swelling and bruising, as well as to help achieve the best result. A small drainage tube can be placed to drain excess fluid or blood. They are usually removed in the next day or two. Following the surgery, you should rest as much as possible for the first few days and avoid any action that may cause discomfort in the neck. If you feel pain or discomfort, it can be controlled with painkillers. You should wear loose clothes while recovering and avoid pinning jewelry or any accessories that may irritate the neck. You should prefer shirts that have buttons on them because pulling a shirt over your head might be uncomfortable.
Most of the time, patients return to their daily activities within 1-2 weeks. Most of them take these 1-2 weeks off work. You may experience some tightness and numbness around the neck for a few weeks. Bruising and swelling are normal and will get better within a week, but tightness and numbness may last for several months. You should wait at least 2-3 weeks before resuming strenuous exercises. Makeup can help to camouflage residual swelling and bruising if they are still too obvious. In addition, you will be more vulnerable to sun exposure for several months, thus exposure to heat and sun should be limited. Always wear a hat and apply sunscreen before you go outside.
A wellbeing assistant will visit you in your hotel room every day during the first week after the surgery. We will expect you to be in our clinic for your post-op examination 1 week after the surgery, before you leave Istanbul. We will still follow your recovery process while you are away. Clineca will provide you with complete support and inform you about everything you need to know during your recovery. We will be with you from your consultation to the very end of your recovery.
“With the surgical enhancements in the field of plastic surgery, now, we can perform a neck lift with smaller incisions which are hidden behind the ears.”
During your online consultation, your surgeon will ask you questions about your medical history. It is of critical importance that you give your doctor every detail, from the conditions you might have to the operations you had in the past, to the medications and supplements you use, to minimize the risks the surgery could bring. They will also conduct a physical examination. They will inform you about everything you need to know before the surgery. Moreover, as Clineca, we will provide you with a complete guidance and support before as well as after your surgery. You will have a complete and detailed list of instructions.
Most important instructions include,
The things you need to do after the surgery will be explained to you in detail by your surgeon, and as Clineca we will provide you with all the support and guidance you need. Most important instructions include:
“Face is positioned immediately above the neck. Neck, while determining the lower contours of the face, has also an individual attractiveness. On the other hand, neck is directly affected by aging. This is why a neck lift can enhance the beauty of your neck and face while giving you a younger appearance.”
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