What should I expect during a neck lift surgery consultation?
Prepare to cover the following topics during your neck lift surgery consultation:
- Your surgical goals
- Medical issues, drug allergies, and medical treatments
- Previous operations, prescriptions, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco, and drug usage
In addition, our neck lift surgeon will:
- Evaluate your general health and any pre-existing health concerns or risk factors
- Discuss your rejuvenation alternatives with your neck lift surgeon
- Examine and measure your face
- Take photographs
- Recommend a treatment plan
- Discuss the expected outcomes of a neck lift as well as any risks or difficulties that may arise
- Discuss the type of anesthesia that will be used
What should I do to prepare for a neck lift?
You may be asked to do the following in order to prepare for neck lift surgery:
- Get lab testing or a medical evaluation
- Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
- Stop smoking
- Avoid aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements, as they can cause excessive bleeding.
The following are some of the special instructions you’ll receive:
- What to do the night before and the morning of your operation
- How anesthetic will be used during your neck lift
- Post-operative care and follow-up
What can I expect during the recovery period after a neck lift?
A bandage could be gently placed over your face and neck during your recovery from neck lift surgery to decrease swelling and bruising after your procedure is completed.
There may be a tiny tube in place to drain any excess blood or fluid that has accumulated beneath the skin.
Specific instructions will be given to you, including how to care for the surgical site and drains, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the risk of infection, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health, and when to see your plastic surgeon again.
To reduce swelling and keep your head straight, keep your head high over your heart (no excessive twisting or bending of the neck). ICE should not be applied to the neck since it can reduce blood flow and cause skin death.