Often times, a patient will focus most if not all of their anti-aging efforts on the face region alone, not realizing how lines, wrinkles and loose skin on the neck can age you. A necklift is a type of lower facelift that will improve these issues, resulting in an elongated, youthful neck.
Some patients experience deep lines and wrinkles, while others struggle with visible pockets of fat. If you are a good candidate for a necklift, Dr. Trimas will customize your procedure to fit your individual needs. This will allow him to address and correct your specific areas of concern.
A necklift procedure is somewhat similar to a facelift procedure. Dr. Trimas will make small incisions on either side of your face in front of or behind your earlobes. These incisions will be hidden in the natural folds of your skin. Through these small incisions, he will remove excess fat, muscle and tissue, allowing the neck to be pulled into a more taut, youthful, but natural appearance.
If you have excess fat on your neck or lower face regions, facial liposuction will be performed as a part of your procedure. This will achieve a more defined and youthful jawline. A necklift procedure is often paired with other facial procedures to achieve the best overall look.
Instructions for Necklift Surgery
- Nothing to eat or drink after midnight-may brush teeth.
- Take a shower and wash hair and face in the morning.
- Do not wear any make-up (includes mascara and eyeliner). Wash face with baby shampoo when arrive at surgery center to remove any residual eye make-up.
- Leave all jewelry at home. Cannot have any metal on your body, so please remove any body piercing.
- DO NOT WEAR CONTACTS.
- Clothing: Button-up shirt, sweat pants, socks, shoes (comfortable and easy to walk in).
- Bring pain medication with you. You will be numb after surgery and may not feel anything. However, the nurses will give you a pain pill prior to discharge to help keep pain level at a minimum.
- Soft Bland Diet: DO NOT EAT SPICY FOODS, drink plenty of fluids, and nutrition is very important.
- Start your antibiotics at dinnertime; IF NAUSEATED may start antibiotics the next day.
- Sleep with head elevated using a recliner or at least 3-4 pillows for a week.
- Apply ice compresses to neck, chin, and ears every hour for at least 15 minutes for a couple of days. Frequent application of ice compresses decreases swelling and bruising.
- Neck wrap/bandage may be tight and uncomfortable. It is removed the next day.
- Take pain medication, as you need it, do not try to brave the pain. You will be more comfortable if you keep your pain at a minimum.
Next 2 weeks
- Incision Care
- Wash hair daily using BABY SHAMPOO. May start as soon as bandage is removed. Clean incision sites (while shampooing) by gently massaging with your fingers.
- Towel dry hair-do not use a hairdryer or curling iron.
- Apply ANTIBIOTIC OINTMENT to keep incisions moist (twice daily).
- You will be supplied with a headband after your bandage is removed. Wear your headband 24 hours a day for at least 1 week and then at night or as much as possible when you are at home.
- Expect FACIAL swelling, bruising, lumping and rippling for about 2 weeks (more or less).
- May use make-up to cover up bruises after 1 week.
- Neck muscles will look and feel very tight. This may last up to a month, but improvement is noticeable on a weekly basis. This may cause some difficulty with any neck/head turning.
- Suture Removal:
- Chin – (sutures) removed after 1 week post-op
- Ears-(sutures & staples) removed after 2 weeks post-op.
- No exercise, heavy lifting, or bending over.
- Do not color/dye hair until 4 weeks after surgery. May use hairdryer and curling iron after 2 weeks, but be careful. You will have numbness around your ears and may accidentally burn yourself.