Neck lift with and without liposuction
A slim neck and a distinctive transition from the lower jaw to the neck look very attractive. Slack skin, longitudinal wrinkles or an increase in volume due to increased fat deposits or a sinking of the lower salivary glands can considerably impair the neck contours.
What’s a neck lift?
The techniques used to rejuvenate the neck differ according to the anatomical causes. The altered structures are represented by a short approach at the transition between chin and neck and an approach behind the ears in the hairline with magnifying glasses. Excess fatty tissue is gently removed with fine special cannulae. If necessary, the superficial neck muscle and the lower salivary glands are returned to their original position. After the tightened connective tissue layer gives the neck a slim contour again, the excess skin is removed. The edges of the skin are sewn tension-free with fine threads.
How can you prepare for a neck lift?
- How can you prepare for a neck lift?
- Keep nicotine and alcohol consumption to a minimum!
- If necessary, take hormone-containing medication (the pill) temporarily.
- Blood-thinning medication (e.g. ASS, Thomapyrin®) must be discontinued at least 10 days before the operation after consultation with your doctor.
- Vitamin preparations (A, E) and food supplements (omega-3 fatty acids, St. John’s wort preparations, etc.) must be discontinued at least 4 weeks before the operation.
- Surgery limits the ability to travel by air. Therefore, do not plan any professional or private air travel during the 6 weeks after the operation!
- Lay down ice cubes or cooling pads at home ready to cool the skin after the operation!
How is a neck lift performed?
- As a rule, surgery is performed under general anesthesia. This is associated with an inpatient stay of about one day.
- The duration of the operation varies depending on the extent and extent of the operation and can last from 2 to 3 hours.
What do you have to consider after the neck lift?
- An elevation of the upper body of about 30 degrees (also during sleep) over 5 days is beneficial for the decongestant and healing of wounds.
- Drainage tubes behind the ear are usually removed after 24 hours.
- The skin threads are removed approximately one week after the operation.
- Showering is possible immediately before the wound control on the 3rd postoperative day.
- A previously adjusted compression mask should be worn 24 hours a day for 1 week then at night for 1 further week.
- Lymphatic drainage from the 14th postoperative day supports the decongestant.
- Scar care (scar massage, sun protection, silicone overlay) from the 3rd postoperative week onwards helps to create inconspicuous scars.
- Postoperative clinical check-ups are recommended on the 3rd postoperative day and after 1, 2 and 6 weeks as well as after 6 and 12 months.
- Sport, saunas, swimming, heavy work and sunbathing should be avoided for at least 6 weeks.
Author: Stéphane Stahl, MD, PhD. There are no financial relationships with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries that could have influenced the above text. Any reproduction, even partial, is permitted for personal use only. All texts used on this website are protected by copyright.