Neck Lift New Jersey
Neck Lift (Z-Lift)
Dr. Weinstein performs neck lift’s as a same day procedure that smooths and tightens the neck’s skin, which can sag from aging or weight loss. There are many components to a neck lift: cervicoplasty, removes excess skin, platysmaplasty, which tightens muscles in the neck. And elevation of the SMAS or platysma muscle. A neck lift can be performed alone or as part of a facelift. A neck lift candidate is in good physical and emotional health, and has realistic expectations about the outcome of surgery. The results of a neck lift usually lasts 5 to 10 years. Some lucky patients have had good results at twenty years of followup.
The Neck Lift Procedure
A neck lift begins with an incision in front of the ear lobes, looping behind the ears and ending in the scalp near the back of the neck (cervicoplasty). Sagging skin is trimmed away and lifted during cervicoplasty; loose muscles SMAS platysma muscles that cause the “bands” around the neck to be prominent are tightened during platysmaplasty. Liposuction is sometimes used to remove excess fat; if so, it is performed before the neck lift. Incisions are glued and/or sutured closed.
A neck lift usually takes 2 to 4 hours to perform, and the patient is given either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. Dr. Weinstein’s neck lifts are performed on an outpatient basis. Bandages covering incisions are removed after a few days; sutures are typically removed after 7 to 10 days.
*Results May Vary
Recovery From A Neck Lift Surgery
Swelling and bruising from a neck lift can last up to 10 days. Applying cold compresses and keeping the head elevated for the first 48 hours following surgery minimizes swelling. Keeping the head still, and avoiding turning or twisting it for the first few days post-surgery, is recommended. Medication is prescribed to help alleviate discomfort.
Most people return to work and other normal daily activities within 5 days to 2 weeks, after which bruising and swelling have subsided. Make up can be used to cover any bruising. More strenuous activities should be avoided for 3 to 4 weeks.
Risks And Complications Of A Neck Lift Surgery
Although rare, possible risks and complications of a neck lift include the following:
• Visible scars are rare
• Seroma fluid collection
• Tissue death, skin loss
• Numbness in front of ears, rarely of the ear
• Skin discoloration
• Persistent swelling
A more serious complication, also rare, is facial nerve damage that can lead to muscle paralysis.
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