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Information About the Field of Neck Lift
As one gets older, in cases of severe weight loss, and family predisposition, the skin on the neck can explicitly lose firmness and become increasingly saggy. This loss of elasticity is a natural process of aging, but it can be very stressful. If you are persistently dissatisfied with a double chin or wrinkled neck, a neck lift is an effective remedy.
What Is a Neck Lift?
A neck lift is a subtype of the facelift, which serves to tighten the neck area and remains almost invisible thanks to tiny incisions. The facelift is a standard procedure in cosmetic surgery. Thanks to new surgical techniques, very natural results are now strived for and achieved, and grotesque "mask faces" belong to the past.
For Whom Is a Neck Lift Suitable?
In general, a neck lift is considered for patients who have a wrinkled neck with slack tissue ("turkey neck"), a double chin, a missing neck contour without a chin border, or fat deposits in the neck area. Usually, a neck lift is not recommended before the age of 50.
Surgery Methods for a Neck Lift
In general, various surgical techniques are used for neck lifting, which one is the best must always be decided on patient-oriented and individually.
- In liposculpture, including lifting, the excess fat is sucked out through a small incision below the chin and, if necessary, an additional tightening of the neck skin is carried out.
- For more effective tightening, the skin under the chin can also be removed in an approximately five-centimeter long incision, and the neck muscle (platysma muscle) is additionally shortened and tightened.
- The neck lift can also be carried out from an incision behind the ear, which is particularly useful when a facelift is done.
- The SMAS lift (superficial musculoaponeurotic system lift) is a unique form of facelifting in which the skin and the superficial connective tissue layer (SMAS) are detached from the underlying layer. The SMAS tissue is tightened and newly fixed. This technique, which cannot be applied to every type of patient, produces very natural results.
- Extra tightening threads are inserted through small skin incisions in addition to the tightening in MACS lift (Minimal Access Cranial Suspension Lift). This technique cannot be used for every patient, either.
Due to the wide range of surgical options, a detailed consultation is essential for the best possible result.
Procedure and Duration
Before the cosmetic surgery, a detailed doctor-patient consultation takes place in which the patient's wishes are discussed and brought into line with the therapy options in the best possible way. Let our specialists advise you on this to achieve an aesthetic and satisfying result in the end.
Usually, patients come fasting to the clinic on the day of the surgery, where a final review with the surgeon takes place, and the planned incisions are drawn on the awake and standing patient. During the neck lift, excess fatty tissue is removed from the neck region, and the underlying muscles are tightened. The skin incision is usually minimal below the chin or behind the ears, which means that the subtle scars are hardly visible after the procedure. The techniques used are individually adapted to each patient. A neck lift is often combined with various facelift techniques, which depend on the patient’s wishes and medical possibilities. On average, the surgical procedure, which takes place under general anesthesia, takes three to five hours.
Aftercare and Healing Process After Neck Lift
After the surgery, patients remain in the hospital for an average of one to four days for post-operative monitoring to promptly treat possible severe pain or complications such as secondary bleeding or infections. In the initial period after the neck lift, swelling, bruising, numbness of the skin, and a feeling of tension may occur, which usually disappear after seven to ten days. Immediately after the procedure, you should plan a two-week resting period. It would be best if you abstained from heavy physical work and sports up to four weeks after the procedure. Usually, you will be socially active again after four weeks. Direct sunlight should be avoided for the initial three months after the procedure to prevent scarring.
Costs of the Neck Lift
The prices of a neck lift vary according to the individual extent and are not covered by the statutory health insurance. If you are persistently dissatisfied with your neck area, let our specialists give you comprehensive advice! Together we will surely find a suitable solution for you.
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