Neck lift

Some of the factors that lead to skin aging, with the first signs appearing on the face and neck, are chronic exposure to sun light, the stressful way of life, smoking, genetic predisposition factors and, of course, the inevitable and constant ... gravity effect.

The skin loses its elasticity, muscles weaken, wrinkles and lines appear and a generalised “tired and sad” appearance develops. The facial contour and particularly that of the lower jaw and chin loses its smoothness, while excess skin and fat gather in certain areas of the neck.

The facelift and neck lift procedures may correct the appearance of the aged face and neck. They are often performed in combination with other procedures such as liposuction around the neck, blepharoplasty, brow lift or forehead lift.

The procedure is performed under general anaesthesia or sedation and requires hospitalisation overnight. Incisions are made behind the ears and extend towards the hair and backwards and, if necessary, along the natural line in front of the ear lobe. Sometimes a very small incision also has to be made under the chin. Through these incisions, the skin is prepared and elevated from the underlying muscles and fat, which is extracted or suctioned. The muscles are then restored to their initial position with the help of sutures. Finally, after excess skin is removed, the remaining skin is stitched back with very fine sutures while incisions inside the hair are closed with clips.

Drains (very thin tubes) are usually placed through the incisions and remain in place for 24-72 hours. A head bandage is also used to prevent oedema and is removed the day after surgery.

Necklift is a very well-tolerated procedure with a relatively short recovery time. Minor oedema and bruising are expected post-operatively and subside within 10-15 days.

 Possible complications are minor and rare. They may include haematoma, inflammation, temporary loss of local nerves function, scars, etc. Most patients resume their daily activities within 5-7 days and return to work 10-15 days after surgery.


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