A neck lift is one of the more impactful cosmetic surgery procedures because neck is a prominent and visible part of the body with a direct relation to the face. A neck lift procedure involves reduction of loose skin in the neck region, and in some cases, restructuring of the underlying loose or separated neck muscles.
At the time of initial consultation, the surgeon will discuss the steps involved in the neck lift procedure. When the patient is aware of all aspects of the procedure, it will help to mitigate their pre-surgery anxiety and make them feel more confident.
Fellowship trained facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Eric Yavrouian provides neck lift to patients in Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank, greater Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, CA, and surrounding communities and cities in this part of The Golden State.
As a first step, the patient will be required to prepare for neck lift surgery by making a few lifestyle adjustments in the weeks preceding the procedure. The surgeon will advise the patient to refrain from smoking and eating excessive fatty or sugary foods. The patient’s schedule of any ongoing prescription drugs, blood thinners, herbal supplements and vitamins may also have to be adjusted for a few days.
On the night before the cosmetic surgery, the patient should rest adequately and not eat anything for eight hours before the surgery time. On the day of the surgery, they should wear comfortable, front-button clothing and avoid wearing accessories or makeup.
The patient will be placed under general anesthesia or sedation with local anesthesia once they are moved to the surgery room. In case of general anesthesia, a qualified anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist will remain present in the surgery room to monitor the patient’s response.
The patient’s fitness to undergo general anesthesia will be determined beforehand. Experienced and fantastic facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Yavrouian receives patients from Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank, Greater Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, CA, and nearby areas for neck lift surgery.
Placing the Incisions
Neck lift surgery can usually be performed using small incisions. A skilled surgeon will place the incisions in natural neck creases or discreet locations such as behind the ears and under the chin.
Healing is faster in case of smaller incisions, and subsequent scarring is minimized. However, the size and location of the incisions will be determined according to the amount of skin and fat to be removed, and whether neck lift is to be combined with a facelift.
A few patients may only need neck liposuction to sculpt the neck, but others may need more significant improvement through reduction of neck skin and fat as well as tightening of the underlying neck muscles. Surgical excision or liposuction may be used to remove unwanted fat. A part of the platysma muscle may be removed to tighten slack neck muscles.
When the neck lift surgery is over, the surgeon will re-drape the skin and pull it taut. The incisions will be carefully closed with traditional or dissolvable sutures. Any excess skin will be trimmed away at this stage as well.
For more information about treatments and procedures by Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Dr. Eric J. Yavrouian, serving patients in and around Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank and the Greater Los Angeles, CA area call 818-241-2150 or click here to contact him for a consultation.