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Your Neck Lift Questions, Answered

If you have excess fat or skin on your neck, you may be a good candidate for a neck lift. A neck lift is a surgical procedure that can smooth and tighten the skin on the neck and provide a more toned and youthful appearance. The results of this procedure offer a drastic improvement to the appearance of the neck and subtle changes to overall appearance.  The following questions and answers will help you have a better understanding of what to expect if you would like to get a neck lift procedure.

Are my goals realistic?

You will meet with your doctor for a consultation to discuss what your goals are and how a neck lift may accomplish them. Some of the most common reasons individuals choose to get a neck lift are due to excess fat, too much skin, or ‘Turkey wattle neck’. During your consultation, your doctor will discuss what your options are based on your specific concerns and if your expectations can be accomplished.

How do I prepare for a neck lift?

If you want to get a neck lift, you must be in general good health. Prior to surgery, certain medications that could increase the risk of bleeding should be avoided. This is a topic you and your doctor will discuss during your consultation. If you have any drug allergies, tell your doctor. Smoking is not allowed four weeks before the surgery and four weeks after. Cutting down on a smoking habit is not enough. You will need to completely quit for eight weeks. Be sure to notify your employer that you will be taking a week off for recovery.

What are the side effects and risks of a neck lift?

After a neck lift surgery, you will experience bruising and swelling. This can last up to several days post surgery and is a normal part of the healing process. You may feel burning, pulling, numbness, tightness, or tingling sensations during the first few weeks of recovery. With any surgery, there is always a chance of infection. If you have a fever or have unusual discharge from the surgery site, contact your doctor.

For more information, about neck lifts contact Dr. Lalla today at 973-324-9455. We look forward to assisting you with accomplishing your cosmetic surgery goals.