Neck Lift in Salt Lake City, UT

NECK LIFTS AND LIPOSUCTION

“The neck is one of the biggest concerns for those worried about the aging face and, as a result, the neck lift is one of the most commonly requested procedures we perform.”
-Dr. Ward

The reasons that a patient may want to pursue a procedure to improve the appearance of the neck varies tremendously. For those with loose neck skin, neck bands, or double chin issues, Dr. Ward tailors a surgical approach that is individualized for the patient. This procedure can range from simple neck liposuction alone to excess skin excision to a formal neck lift with platysmal plication. This latter technique is the most effective technique, because it does not merely stretch the skin, but rather, it lifts the neck and removes the jowls creating an improved jawline from the deep muscular tissue underneath. The neck lift procedure is often performed in combination with a face lift procedure.

There are risks associated with neck lift surgery. Choosing an experienced, board-certified surgeon who specializes in facial plastic surgery, like Dr. Ward, will help minimize complications during your surgery.

Before The Consultation

When choosing a surgeon, experience is the most important factor to help maximize the chances of a good result. Many surgeons perform neck lift surgery but may not have had much training in the procedure. Ask your surgeon how many facial and neck procedures they performed in residency. There are many plastic surgery residency programs where the residents finish their training having performed only a few facial procedures. In addition, even if the surgeon received good facial plastics training, it may not be a central portion of their practice. For example, a plastic surgeon might perform many surgeries, but those surgeries might be mostly breast augmentation or liposuction, which are drastically different from facial plastic surgery. The bottom line is that you want to be sure your surgeon has significant training and experience in facial plastic. You should choose your facial plastic surgeon with the utmost care.

Another thing to consider about your neck lift or neck liposuction is what goals you hope to accomplish. Sometimes patients know they don’t like their current neck, but can’t put this concern into words. To help determine the specifics that might bother you about the neck, such as a loss of jawline contour, jowl formation, sagging neck, deep creases, or wrinkles, consider objectively looking at your face and neck in the mirror and see what you would change if you could. Keep in mind that the lower face and the neck are in continuity. A lot of patients who are concerned about their neck are actually bothered by the lower part of the face. If this is the case, you may need a facelift as the neck lift alone is unlikely to be of benefit.

Take notes about what bothers you and bring those to the consultation with Dr. Ward. These notes can be invaluable in identifying issues that bother you and will help ensure that you don’t forget any concerns during the consultation or before surgery.

What to expect

The Consultation

The consultation is the chance for you and your surgeon to meet and get to know each other. This relationship is important for several reasons. You should feel comfortable with your surgeon to ensure that you are on the same page before surgery and that you will feel comfortable voicing any concerns or questions before and after the surgery.

Dr. Ward will evaluate your neck and talk to you about your desired results. He will give you honest and realistic expectations and inform you of any potential risks involved. These risks can vary based on each individual person so it is important to be honest and upfront during your consultation. Risks associated with a neck lift include bleeding, infection, swelling, scarring, nerve damage (loss of sensation or facial weakness), poor cosmetic result, bruising, amongst others. These risks are all uncommon, but are important for patients to know about prior to surgery. Our aim is to decrease the probability of each of these complications from happening and will do whatever we can to prevent them.

Follow up after a neck lift is important and you will be seeing your surgeon frequently following the procedure. This is to help ensure that you are healing properly and that you are happy with your results. We are committed to making sure you heal properly and that you are happy with the result. If you are not happy, we want to know! It can take 18 months before you are fully healed and we will monitor you carefully during this period to ensure proper healing.

The Procedure

Prior to the procedure, you will have a pre-operative history and physical exam performed to ensure that there are no health concerns prior to your procedure. You will be given instructions on what to do before, during, and after the day of surgery and you will be given prescriptions for medications that you will need to take after the procedure.

In general, you should avoid anything with aspirin, ibuprofen, or any other medication, such as Advil, Motrin, any blood thinners, some herbal supplements etc for 3-4 weeks prior to the procedure and 2 weeks after the procedure. This helps reduce the bleeding during the procedure and the degree of bruising that you will have after the surgery.

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