Neck lift procedure
How is a neck lift procedure performed?
Undergoing surgery can be quite nerve-racking if you don’t know what to expect. Therefore, knowing what a neck lift procedure involves may help to relieve any anxiety you have about the surgery. This page will explain what will happen on the day of your neck lift procedure.
A neck lift itself is a relatively straightforward procedure. However, after discussing the best options for you with your BAAPS/BAPRAS surgeon, you may have decided to have other procedures performed at the same time, such as a facelift. This will mean the surgery will take longer. Regardless, overall a neck lift procedure can take anything between 2 to 5 hours.
On the day of the surgery, you will go through the following steps:
Undergoing any type of surgery requires you to give your consent. Before you have a neck lift surgery, you will give your consent in the form of a signature on a consent form. You might sign this on the day of your surgery, or during your pre-operative assessment. By signing a consent form you are agreeing to undergo a neck lift surgery, therefore you should be fully informed about the benefits and risks of the procedure. If there is anything you are unsure about, make sure you ask your surgeon before you sign the consent form.
Once you have changed into a hospital gown and are ready for the surgery, you will go to the anaesthetic room. Here the anaesthetist will administer your anaesthetic. You will have discussed with your surgeon which type of anaesthesia you will have, before the day of your surgery. A general anaesthetic will make you sleep throughout the procedure so that you do not feel or remember a thing about the surgery. A local anaesthetic will numb the treatment area so that you do not feel any pain, and you will be given a sedative alongside this to help you relax. Both options are perfectly safe, so which one you have depends largely on your personal preference.
Before your surgeon makes any incisions, they will thoroughly clean the treatment area to reduce the risk of infection. They will then make discreet incisions under the chin and behind your ears. The size of the incision will depend on the extent and technique of the surgery. The two main techniques are as follows:
This technique mainly focuses on removing excess skin. The surgeon will lift and remove the excess skin around the neck. For some patients, the removal of excess skin alone may be enough to achieve the results they desire. The surgeon will then reposition the skin over the neck and suture it in place, giving the neck a smoother appearance.
This is a more extensive type of neck lift surgery, as the surgeon tightens and sculpts the underlying muscle of the neck, called the platysma. Once the surgeon has tightened the muscle, they will pull the skin taut and close the incisions. By adjusting the underlying muscle, this technique achieves more dramatic results as it can reduce the banded appearance or folds of the neck.
To achieve the best results, the surgeon may use both of the above techniques. Furthermore, with both methods, the surgeon can remove excess fat through the incisions made under the chin. They will perform this either through liposuction or by surgical excision.
4. Closing of incisions
The surgeon may use dissolvable or non-dissolvable stitches to close the incisions. Afterwards, the surgeon will wrap your neck with a light bandage. You may also have drainage tubes put in place, which drains any fluid from the treated area.
5. Return to the ward
Once the surgeon completes the operation, you will wake up gradually in the recovery room. You will return to the ward where you will recover from the anaesthetic under the supervision of nurses and hospital staff. You may stay one night at the hospital, or you may be able to go home on the same day. This will depend on what type of anaesthetic you had, and whether there were any complications from your surgery.