One of the most noticeable things that give away age is sagging loose skin in the neck. Neck lift is usually combined with a facelift, but can be a stand along procedure. Every patient is different when it comes to their needs. Some patients have excess fat, some have a loss of the angle, some have banding of the muscles, some have loose skin, and others have a combination of some or all of these. There are various approaches to correcting these problems, and Dr. Lovelace will tailor a procedure that best meets your individual needs.
How much pain will I have?
Mild to Moderate
What will it cost?
A detailed quote will be given to you at your consultation.
What is the hospital/surgery center time?
The procedure takes 1-3 hours. You will either go home the same day or stay overnight in the hospital depending on your individual needs.
What medications should I take or avoid taking with my surgery?
You should not take any blood thinners or anti-inflammatory medications for a week before your procedure, and you should hold all over the counter supplements a week before surgery. This will help reduce the risk of bleeding intraoperatively, and help reduce the risk of postoperative hematoma (collection of blood). If blood thinners are prescribed for you by your cardiologist or primary care physician, you should get clearance from them to hold these medications before they are discontinued. You should hold all hormones 6 weeks before surgery. Birth control pills should be held 6 weeks before surgery as well. Of course you should make sure to use alternative forms of birth control during and after this time. Hormones and birth control pills put you at a higher risk of blood clots. These clots can go to your lungs and cause serious illness or even death. We call this a pulmonary embolus. Steroids should be weaned off at least a month before your surgery, and this weaning process should be set up and cleared by your prescribing physician. Dr. Lovelace and the staff will go through your list of medication, and let you know what exactly you need to do with those medications preoperatively. Make sure that you bring all of your medications with you to your consultation. You will usually be given your prescriptions for your postoperative medication on your preoperative visit so that they can be filled and at your house when you get home from surgery.
Will I need clearances from any other physicians?
Depending on your age and medical issues, Dr. Lovelace and her staff will set you up with your primary care physician, cardiologist, etc. for clearance prior to your surgery. At that time any necessary labs, EKGs, or chest x-rays will be done.
What is the recovery?
Sutures are normally dissolvable. We ask that you wait 48 hours before showering and washing your face and hair. We like for you to wait 4 weeks and until all scabs are gone before swimming. Most swelling, bruising, and soreness is gone in 2 weeks. Makeup can be used to hide bruising in 2 weeks. The scars will fade between 3 months and 2 years. You may return to work in a week or when you are off your pain medication. You may return to strenuous activity in 6-8 weeks.
What are the risks?
The risks of a neck lift include bleeding, infection, scarring, hematoma, seroma, need for drains, hair loss, asymmetry, poor cosmesis, need for further surgery, contour irregularities, recurrence of banding, suture breakage, skin necrosis, dehiscence, weight gain/loss/pregnancy can change result, nerve/vessel/muscle/airway injury, numbness, poor movement, bruising, visibility/palpability of product/suture, cardiac/pulmonary/stroke/DVT/PE events, death, etc.