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If you’re considering a Necklift…

If the eyes are the first place we begin to show our age, then the neck is arguably the second. Vertical banding, horizontal creases, fatty jowls, the dreaded “turkey-wattle,” and a crepe-y quality to the skin all work together to make us look much older before our time. A necklift (or platysmaplasty, so named for the plastysma muscles which run along the front of the neck) tightens the skin and the underlying muscles to lift the neck as well as improve and sharpen the contour of the jawline. It is often performed in conjunction with a face lift, but may also be done as a stand-alone procedure.

A necklift (technically known as platysmaplasty) can’t stop this aging process. What it can do is set back the clock, improving the most visible signs of aging by removing excess fat, tightening underlying muscles, and redraping the skin of your face and neck. A necklift can be done alone, or in conjunction with other procedures such as a forehead lift, eyelid surgery, or nose reshaping.

If you’re considering a necklift, this information will give you a basic understanding of the procedure when it can help, how it’s performed, and what results you can expect. It can’t answer all of your questions, since a lot depends on the individual patient and Dr. Beals. Please ask Dr. Beals about anything you don’t understand.

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Where Your Surgery Will Be Performed

A necklift may be performed in Dr. Beals office-based facility, an outpatient surgery center, or a hospital. It’s usually done on an outpatient basis, but Dr. Beals may hospitalize patients for a day when using general anesthesia. Certain conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure should be monitored after surgery, and may also require a short inpatient stay in the Surgical Recovery Center on the campus next to the Surgery Center.

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The Best Candidates For a Necklift

See your procedure in 3d The best candidates for a necklift are non-smokers who are in generally good health and who have a positive outlook and realistic expectations about outcome. Sagging of the neck may be due to age, but may also be a result of significant weight loss or simple heredity. Those who have sagging and/or wrinkling of the neck and a loss of separation between the neck and the chin or jaw can benefit from a necklift procedure.

All Surgery Carries Some Uncertainty And Risk

When a necklift is performed by a qualified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Beals complications are infrequent and usually minor. Still, individuals vary greatly in their anatomy, their physical reactions, and their healing abilities, and the outcome is never completely predictable.

ThePre-Operative Considerations:
Dr. Beals will confirm your health status before operating. He or she may also require that you adjust, cease, or begin taking certain medications in the week or two before your surgery. It is also very important that you avoid aspirin, many anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements, in the 2 weeks prior to surgery, as all of these can increase bleeding. Talk to Dr. Beals about everything you may be taking.

Post-Operative Care:
Most necklifts are performed on an out-patient basis. After surgery, Dr. Beals will place a pressure dressing that will wrap around your head and underneath your chin. Your neck will feel tight and sore as the anesthesia wears off, and may show even more swelling and possible bruising over the next 3 days. Dressings may be removed after just a few days, but your sutures will remain in place for 7 days.

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