The surgery aims to get rid of lines on the neck, this is achieved by tightening neck muscles and if necessary, by removing excessive skin.
The usual patients for necklift are people aged 40 to 70. The ages of people coming to the surgery are different, because the condition of facial skin largely depends on genetics and the former skin care.
Proper skin care allows to prevent undesired wrinkles. E.g. excessive sun exposure, solarium and smoking leave their traces on the facial skin and make the skin less elastic. With losing its elasticity, the skin starts to break and the places of breaking will develop into wrinkles.
To correct the neck lines surgically, a surgeon makes an incision around the auricle, behind the ear. If the patient’s neck muscles are especially flabby, an extra incision about five centimeter long is made under the chin, through which excessive skin may be removed. The wounds are closed with a self-absorbing cosmetic suture.
The procedure lasts for 1 to 2 hours. The surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia, sometimes also under sedation anesthesia.
For the best results, we recommend to have a manual lymphatic massage before and after the surgery. Manual lymphatic massage can be done in ArtiaClinic.
Each surgical procedure is an interference to the complex human body and comes with some uncertainty and risks. With each surgery there will be some pain and swelling, scars, the risk of an infection, the probability of lowered skin sensitivity and bad reactions to medications or medical materials used.
Each surgical intervention is inevitably accompanied by scars. The scars, which are initially pink and higher than the surface of the skin, become whitish with time and disappear in 6 to 12 months. To hide the scars, hair may be grown longer or the scars may be covered with make-up.
Due to the particularities of some patients’ organisms, so-called keloid or hypertrophic tissue may grow into the scar area. Due to the keloid tissue the scars may be not so smooth and flat. Recovery of the scars may be greatly facilitated by using a special wound crème. Conspicuous scars can be corrected with hormone injections or a corrective surgery.
Haematomas and swelling
If the wounds continue to bleed excessively beneath the skin, haematomas or haemorrhages develop. If necessary, drains are temporarily placed in the wound area to decrease haematomas.
Swelling greatly increases during the first 24 hours after surgery and it remains substantial for about another five days. Afterwards it slowly starts to decrease and disappears in 2 to 3 weeks.
Necrosis of skin
In some cases, circulatory problems arising from the tension of skin may cause blisters, redness and on a small scale, even necrosis of skin. Necrosis of skin prolongs the healing of wounds and as a result, the shape and size of scars deteriorate. In that case, a need for corrective procedures may arise.