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Neck Lift

Can a Neck Lift Promise Lifestyle Changes?

Adults between the ages of 30 and 70 sometimes become acutely aware of sagging skin in their necks. If they want to get rid of that skin they might request a platysmaplasty, the technical term for a neck lift.

During a neck lift, sections of the skin are trimmed and lifted into place. The lifted skin is contoured to create a pleasing neckline. Once properly contoured, the skin is fixed in place with tissue glue.

If the patient has excess fat in the neck region, then that fat is removed, along with the excess skin. The surgeon pulls the remaining skin back to an area either under or behind the patient’s ear. The surgeon then glues the pulled skin to that body region.

A patient who plans to consult with a surgeon about a possible neck lift should arrive at the consultation with a list of questions. The patient should also have a list of the drugs that he or she is taking. That list should include any dietary supplements.

Another thing to bring to a consultation with a surgeon regarding a possible neck lift is a group of photographs. The surgeon does not want to see pictures of the patient’s children or grandchildren. The surgeon needs to see photos that show clearly what the patient hopes to achieve from a neck lift. The patient should also have examples of any changes that he or she wants to avoid.

Before sharing those pictures with the surgeon, the patient should first go through the list of questions that he or she has brought to the consultation. He or she should not hesitate to ask if the surgeon carries malpractice insurance. The patient should learn whether the surgeon works at an accredited surgery center.

One important thing is to find out what type of anesthesia will be used during the procedure. Another question the patient might have should be about any plans to supplement the traditional neck lift with special threads. Some surgery centers offer a procedure called a lifestyle lift. Like the traditional neck lift, it can remove sagging skin in the neck region.

The patient deserves assurances that he or she is a good candidate for a neck lift. If the patient plans to lose weight in the near future, that fact should be shared with the surgeon. If the patient is a smoker, the surgeon should be made aware of that fact.

It isn’t reasonable to shrink away from seeking information about any possible side effects. The patient has a right to learn about any and all complications that might follow the decision to have a neck lift. Finally, if the patient needs help with paying for a neck lift, the surgeon should provide information on ways to finance the procedure.

Armed with all that information, the patient can better weigh both the benefits and risks that are associated with a neck lift.