Neck lift surgery is often done in conjunction with face lift surgery, but it can be performed as an isolated procedure. Usually a hidden incision is made beneath the chin, through which the muscles are tightened and the fatty deposits are removed. In some cases, an additional hidden incision is required around the bottom of the ear to remove excess skin.
In many instances, the necklift can be done on an outpatient basis. When the neck lift is performed on its own, it may be done so as an office-based procedure using local anesthesia. When performed in conjunction with a lower facelift, it is usually done in an outpatient surgery center under deep sedation or general anesthesia. Depending on the approach being used and how much work is being done, the surgery can take anywhere from one and a half to three hours to perform.
Recovery after the necklift takes place over a few weeks, during which time a compressive bandage is worn around the neck. Any pain that patients experience is well controlled with low-dose prescription medication. Swelling and bruising may be noticeable for up to ten days after the procedure. Patients are typically able to return to work within seven to ten days, or sooner for those not bothered by residual swelling.
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