A Patient’s Guide to Neck Lifts

The neck is one of the first areas of the body to show aging. Though you may be diligent about avoiding sun exposure to your face, your neck can also suffer from sun damage and the effects of age. If your neck is making you look older than your years, you may want to consider a neck lift. Neck lifts are highly customizable cosmetic surgery procedures that can address a wide array of issues.

Why should you get a neck lift?

A neck lift can alleviate many of the same problems you might experience on other areas of the body. Is your neck too thick for your liking? A cosmetic surgeon can perform liposuction on the neck to slim it down and create a more elegant appearance. Has excessive sun exposure caused the skin on your neck to become loose? A neck lift can remove extra skin and provide you with a smoother and more youthful look.

What happens during a neck lift procedure?

Neck lift procedures vary from patient to patient. Prior to undergoing any invasive procedure, be sure to thoroughly discuss with your surgeon his intentions and your expectations. In many cases, neck lift patients receive general anesthesia, so they experience no discomfort during surgery. The surgeon can then remove fat or skin to enhance the neck.

How quickly will you recover from a neck lift?

As with any cosmetic surgery procedure, you will likely need a few days of rest before attempting to resume any of your normal activities. Your surgeon may recommend that you wear a compression bandage in the days following your surgery to minimize swelling. You should also refrain from vigorous activity that may open your incisions. Consult your physician about what steps you should take after your neck lift to facilitate healing and alleviate potential discomfort.

Do you have more questions about neck lifts? Call Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa at (847) 737-1471 to schedule a consultation at our Vernon Hills office. Our practice offers an extensive selection of services—including breast augmentation, laser hair removal, and neck lifts—for your cosmetic enhancement and self-satisfaction.