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Neck Lift

Tone and Firm Your Skin with a Neck Lift

A neck lift can provide a more toned and youthful appearance. By removing pockets of fat from the chin and neck, eliminating drooping bands of muscle, and tightening loose skin and muscle, a neck lift can help you regain your slender, youthful appearance. The results of this cosmetic procedure offer a drastic improvement to the appearance of the neck and subtle changes to overall appearance. The team of board-certified plastic surgeons at The Peer Group have extensive experience performing this aesthetic surgical treatment for women and men throughout northern New Jersey. After your neck lift, your friends and family may not even realize that a cosmetic surgical procedure was performed.

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Candidates for Neck Lift

A candidate for neck lift plastic surgery may be anyone who wants to get rid of sagging skin and loose muscles of their neck. The sagging of the neck may be the result of aging or weight loss, and often occurs before the face begins to sag. Good candidates for a neck lift are also in good physical and emotional health and have realistic expectations about the outcome of their surgery. You can discuss the goals of your neck lift with your plastic surgeon so that you can achieve the results you desire.

The Cosmetic Neck Lift Procedure

The neck lift procedure involves a small, inconspicuous incision directly below the chin, and in some cases behind the crease of the ears as well. The neck lift includes both a cervicoplasty to remove excess skin and a platysmaplasty to remove or alter muscles in the neck. Liposuction of the neck can also be used to remove excess fat during the procedure. The incisions will then be sutured closed and the neck plastic surgery is completed. The entire neck lift procedure takes two to three hours and may be performed under general or local anesthesia with sedation, depending on the preference of the patient. Most neck lift procedures are performed on an outpatient basis.

Recovery

You can expect to experience some swelling and bruising which may last up to ten days after the neck lift plastic surgery procedure. Keeping the head elevated for the first 48 hours following neck lift surgery can help minimize swelling. Prescription medication is also available to help alleviate any discomfort. For the first few days following the plastic surgery, patients are advised to keep their heads still and avoid turning or twisting. The sutures will usually be removed in less than a week. After a neck lift procedure, most people can return to work and resume other normal daily activities within two weeks. More strenuous activities should be avoided for about four to six weeks. Most patients who undergo neck lift surgery are extremely pleased with the results. The results of a neck lift can last up to ten years, and as you continue aging, you will always look younger than if you had never had a neck lift.

Risks and Complications

As with any surgical procedure, there are certain risks involved in a neck lift, including problems with anesthesia or infection. After the surgery, you may experience dry skin, tightness, and a burning or tingling sensation. There is also a risk of facial nerve damage that may occur during surgery and can result in muscle weakness.  Although these complications are rare, they emphasize the importance of choosing a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon for your cosmetic procedure.

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