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Neck Lift Surgery

neck-liftThe neck lift procedure can improve the appearance of neck muscles, fat or skin on the neck. You may consider a neck lift in Sarasota if you’ve lost weight but still have extra flesh on your neck. Another reason to consider a neck lift is if your genes cause you to have a neck that appears lined or wrinkled and not matching the tone of your face or the rest of your body. Or, you may have weakened neck muscle that create a wattle (folds of neck flesh) that you find unsightly.

If you’re considering a neck lift, a basic understanding of the procedure and how it’s performed and what results you can expect is important. Be sure to ask Dr. Lacerna if there is anything you don’t understand about the procedure.

The Best Candidates for a Neck Lift

A neck lift is often performed for men or women in middle age or older, or for men or women of any age who have lost weight or who are genetically inclined to have an overly plump neck. It is best to have realistic goals for what you may look like after a neck lift procedure and for how it may affect your self-confidence.

Dr. Lacerna may choose one or more procedures to achieve the desired results of your neck lift. Cervicoplasty is the procedure used to remove excess skin. Platysmaplasty removes or alters neck muscles. Liposuction might also be used, to remove excess fat. Dr. Lacerna may also combine a neck lift with a face lift.

Preparing For Your Neck Lift Surgery

Dr. Lacerna will give you specific instructions to prepare for the procedure, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking and avoiding certain vitamins and medications. Carefully following these instructions will help your surgery and your recovery proceed more smoothly. Whether your neck lift is done in an outpatient facility or in the hospital, you should arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery, and to help you out for a day or two.

Planning Your Surgery

During your consultation, Dr. Lacerna will discuss your goals for the surgery and ask you about certain medical conditions that could cause problems during or after the procedure, such as uncontrolled high blood pressure, blood-clotting problems, or the tendency to develop large scars. Be sure to tell Dr. Lacerna if you have had previous facial surgery, if you smoke, or if you take any drugs or medications – including aspirin or other drugs that affect clotting.

If you decide to proceed with a neck lift, Dr. Lacerna will explain the surgical technique, the recommended type of anesthesia, the type of facility where the surgery will be performed, the risks and the costs involved. Don’t hesitate to ask Dr. Lacerna any questions you may have, especially those regarding your expectations and concerns about the results of surgery.

The Surgery Itself

Dr. Lacerna will help you decide which surgical approach will best achieve your cosmetic goals. Make sure you understand the technique that Dr. Lacerna recommends and why she feels it is best for you. To address weakened or loose neck muscles, Dr. Lacerna may make incisions under your chin or behind your ears to reach the muscles and tighten them. To remove excess fat, she may make a small incision and use a liposuction technique.

After The Surgery

Neck lift patients may experience some temporary discomfort around the incision, which can be controlled with prescription medication. Incision site pain is usually minimal, but can be controlled with medication, if necessary. The tissue glue or stitches used to close the incisions are usually removed within a week.

Your New Look

Most patients are pleased with the results of a neck lift, no matter which surgical methods are used to achieve the desired results. Often, patients don’t realize how much their sagging or fleshy neck contributed to the signs of aging until they see how much younger and more rested they appear after the lift.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

Female plastic surgeon Dr. Melinda Lacerna is a leading provider of facial plastic surgery in Sarasota / Bradenton. She is pleased to offer neck lift for men and women who wish to turn back the clock on aging. If you would like to learn more about neck lift surgery, contact Dr. Lacerna today. Call 941-584-8425 in Sarasota or 941-954-4500 in Bradenton for your consultation.