Neck Lift Surgery

Loss of young and healthy appearance in the face and neck occur due to various factors such as genetic factors, gravity, environmental conditions, frequent weight gain or loss, age and stress. Neck lifting operations help create a firmer and smoother appearance for the neck and chin. lifting a wrinkled or sagging neck can dramatically improve one’s appearance, also it helps the patient look younger. Neck lifting helps improve the look of facial features by providing a suitable jaw line which frame the rest of the face.

The neck lift operation are used to relieve the loosening and sagging of the neck skin and subcutaneous muscle tissues, including the region under the chin.

Neck lifting is an operation performed to people who have wrinkles, sagging and loosening in the neck area due to aging, the effect of gravity, long exposure to sunlight and genetic factors.

Neck lifting operations can be performed alone or combined with other lifting aesthetics. Since neck sagging is mostly occur due to aging, lifting deformities that occur in other parts of the face can be performed combined with this operation. this way, it is possible to achieve satisfying results.

If necessary, it can be combined with  face lift, blepharoplasty, face fat injection, botox, and filler procedures.

Preparation before Surgery

As before every surgery, a detailed physical examination performed by the doctor is essential for neck lifting surgery. The surgical technique will be explained to the patient in detail by the doctor. In addition, the patient should inform the doctor about his/her illness, previous surgeries, and medications he/she uses.

People who use blood thinners and similar medications should stop taking these kind of medication a for a period of time in order to avoid problems such as bleeding during and after surgery.

As with any operation requiring anesthesia, patient should stop eating at least 6 hours before surgery. The doctor will tell the patient how long this will be before and after surgery.

In the neck and face lifting operations, the upper age limit is determined by the suitability of the patient for the operation. This operation can be done to anyone who does not have any health problems that prevent from undergoing the operation.

Pre- and post-operative smoking has a negative effect on the quality of healing process as it disrupts blood flow. Therefore, not drinking before and after the procedure is very important for the quality of healing process.

How Neck Lifting Surgery is Performed?

The muscles and fat tissues under the skin begin to sag due to aging and many reasons such as gravity, With this surgery, we work on bringing the loosened and saggy tissues to its former state. Neck lifting is performed with incisions starting from the front of the ear, curling under the ear lobe to the back of the ear and then proceeding into the scalp with skin or incisions made under the chin. the loose and reticulated structures under the skin and on the muscle tissue are tightened by interventing on muscle tissue,  after tightening the skin, the excess skin is removed and reshaped. In this way, a certain tighetining is obtained not only in the neck but also in the face area.

Jowl may also look droopy and have excessive fat.The Jowl liposuction procedure performed on the Jowl region at a young age will lead to significant changes in the appearance of the neck region.w

There will be tiny drains that will stop for a few days to prevent blood accumulation after surgery. These drains are vital to prevent minor bleeding and leakage after the procedure and not to deteriorate the quality of the recovery period.

The operation is performed under general anesthesia and it takes about 3 hours. after 2 hours of the operation, the patient should be fed and stand up immediately.

After Surgery

Drains placed during surgery are usually removed after 1-2 days. Postoperative bandages remain for about one week. There may be mild pain that can be managed with painkillers after surgery.

The healing process of bruises and swellings that occur after surgery is very much related to the skin structure of the patient. It generally lasts for 1 week and then they gradually disappear. It is recommended to apply ice for the time determined by the doctor so swellings fade more quickly.

Post-operative scars are hidden behind the ear, so it’s not obvious and It becomes almost invisible within a period of 6-12 months.

It is very important to follow the doctor’s recommendations in regard to medications to be used after the operation, etc.

Frequently Asked Questions

It can be performed by general anesthesia or local anesthesia depending on the preference of the patient during neck lifting surgery. In local anesthesia, the patient will not feel any pain because he is kept half asleep.

The operation usually lasts 1-3 hours depending on the amount of lifting and other procedures to be performed.

The patients can return to their normal life within 1 week – 10 days after surgery. The bruising and swelling will disappear within 1 week. After the surgery, especially in the first 10 days should not be exposed to direct sunlight. After 2 weeks you can start long walks and after 3 weeks you can start heavy sports. During the first 4 weeks after the operation, sports should be avoided.

There will be no permanent scars after neck lifting. The marks will be under the hair and behind the ear or under the chin. The marks that are visible are only in front of the ear and very short, and in time, the visibility will be significantly lost.

There are risks from anesthesia and surgery as well as every surgical operation. Pre-operative analysis and anesthesia examinations are very important in order to prevent possible risks.

The risk of post-operative bleeding is not very expected. However, in order to prevent the risk of hematoma, small drains are placed behind the ears during surgery.

In addition, there are rare risks such as infection hair loss, numbness in the scalp. But over time the hair will reappear And the loss of sensation will disappear.

Neck lifting is not a heavy operation. The patient may be discharged after resting for a period of time when neck lifting is performed alone. However, if this procedure is accompanied by face lifting or other body surgeries, it is best for the person to stay at least one night in the hospital environment. The length of hospital stay will be determined by the patient’s condition and the doctor’s evaluation.

In the classic neck lift technique, the skin and subcutaneous tissues in the neck region in addition to the sagging Smas and plastyma muscles as a result of aging are lifted again by entering through an incision made from the front of the ear to the back of the ear. And removing the excess tissues and sagging skin after the repair of tissues.

If there is excess fat in the chin area, it also gives a sagging appearance to the neck, these excess fat  can be removed without any surgical incision by performing liposuction on that area.

In addition to the neck sagging, there may be sagging in the face and chin area due to aging.  Therefore, neck lifting can be performed alone or its usually performed combined with other face and body lifting operations.

When a neck lift is performed under general anesthesia, the patient must stay one night in the hospital. But If the surgery performed under local anesthesia, there is no need to stay in the hospital after the surgery.

Neck lifting is usually performed in conjunction with face lifting. but  patients who do not have excessive sagging in the facial region and only complain of the sagging in the the neck region can undergo neck lifting operation alone. people who have clumps on their chin edges, fat and sagging on the neck skin are suitable candidates for neck lifting surgery. Usually its performed for people over 40.

Neck lifting surgery takes about 1-2 hours. If there is another operation will be performed combined with neck lifting, this will increase the amount of time the operation will take.

The aging process continues after neck lifting surgery. Even if the skin is lifted and stretched as the best as possible during the surgery, the aging process cannot be prevented. However, the skin does not return to the preoperative state, The permanence of this surgery’s result differ depending on the techniques used and the skin structure of the patient.

Liposuction and neck lifting surgeries are almost painless, in these cases pain is related to the patient’s endurance, and even if there was some pains and tension in the first few days after the face and neck lift, this pains can be overcomed by taking painkillers and go away within a few days.

Patients are usually discharged in the next day after surgery, patient can take a shower 2 days after the operation, Sutures are removed at the 10th day. Post-operative swelling and bruises almost disappear within 10 days.