A neck lift is an operation designed for facial rejuvenation. This operation can reduce the sagging and wrinkling that is often associated with aging. It can also address the fullness of the neck or the lack of definition of the neck. This fullness or lack of definition can make a person look overweight. Although bone structure, heredity, and lifestyle can affect the number of “years” a necklift can reduce or take away from one's age, the operation causes tightening and restructuring of the skin and underlying tissues of the neck so that a person appears younger and less heavy. Hopefully, by setting realistic goals and executing a good operation, a person will end up looking as good as he or she feels.
The neck lift can be done either with local anesthesia and sedation or with general anesthesia. Dr. Marefat performs the neck lift operation through incisions that are hidden by normal anatomic landmarks, such as the hair or ear. The incisions are placed in such a fashion so as to minimize their visibility. Redundant, sagging skin is removed. When necessary, fine suturing or restructuring of the deeper tissues, such as fat or muscle, is also done. The net effect is to give the neck a firmer, more youthful look. The angle between the chin and the neck can be altered to more closely approximate the youthful ideal.
After surgery, the patient will experience minor discomfort and swelling. The patient may have some discoloration as well, which generally lasts for 1-2 weeks. The final effect of neck lift surgery is not fully appreciated until several weeks later, when the body has fully recuperated from surgery. Pain and discomfort are easily controlled with oral pain medication, and the patient should be able to return to normal daily activities after the first week. At that time, scars or bruising may be covered with make-up.
The skin will remain quite sensitive to the sun after surgery, and the patient should make every effort to protect it in the first several months postoperatively. After a short while, the scars become even less conspicuous and the patient can resume all preoperative activities.
A neck lift counteracts the effects of aging by lifting and repositioning the tissues of the neck and the lower face to a more natural and youthful location. It is also used as a means to change the angle between the chin and the neck, which can make you look younger.
The purpose of the neck lift procedure is to remove the signs of aging in the neck by pulling the skin and the structures underneath the skin in an upward and backward direction, thereby counteracting the effects of gravity. In certain individuals the neck has an obtuse angle. This means that the angle between the neck and the chin is not defined well. This may make the person look older than his or her age and often makes one look overweight. With a Virginia neck lift, a surgeon can change this angle and make the person look much younger and less heavy.
The beneficial effects of a neck lift can vary, depending on the patient's anatomy and lifestyle. In addition, the role of heredity is important in the effect that the neck lift has on the patient's overall appearance. With current surgical methods, it is not uncommon to achieve results that last up to 10 years
In the first consultation, you will have a chance to discuss your concerns with our patient care coordinators and Dr. Marefat. We will explain what you need to know about a neck lift and help to determine what is best for you. You will receive information booklets, review before and after photographs, and receive pricing on the procedures.
We usually perform the neck lift operation in an outpatient surgical facility in Virginia with the patient under general anesthesia. The skin of the neck is lifted and the tissues underneath are fixed in their proper position. The skin of the neck is pulled and trimmed. The suture line is hidden in the hair-bearing skin and natural folds of the face.
There will be a moderate amount of swelling and bruising with a neck lift operation. You cannot do this procedure and plan to go back to work the following week. Most patients elect to take 2 weeks off work. This gives them adequate time to recover from surgery and to be seen without drawing attention. Although most of the evidence of surgery will have disappeared by the end of the 3rd week, the ultimate result of the Virginia neck lift operation will not be evident until at least 5 or 6 months have passed. You should expect a moderate degree of tightness in the skin of the neck during this period. This will slowly resolve and become normal over the ensuing weeks. You will also remain very sensitive to sunlight and, therefore, the use of sun block and protection from direct sunlight is advocated.
Most sutures are removed within a week. However, there may be sutures or staples that remain up to 2 weeks, in order to provide additional support in critical areas.
We like to see our patients frequently after surgery. You are seen by the doctor or nurse within 2-3 days of surgery. Then the normal routine is 1 week, 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, and 12 months after surgery. Of course, if there is a need, you are seen as many times as necessary. We encourage our patients to come in for routine follow-up visits every 3-5 years.
You should be able to put make-up on your bruises after 1 week. However, we do not recommend putting make-up on your incisions until the skin is completely healed because this may result in tattooing from pigments in the make-up.
The ideal candidate for a neck lift is a person with good facial skeletal structure, but loose and sagging skin. There is no definite age category for when the surgery should be done. The ideal candidate for plastic surgery is a self-motivated patient who has realistic expectations about the results. Generally, the younger you are, the better a candidate you are for surgery. The physiologic age of a person is more important than the chronological age. That is to say, you may be 60 years old, but your skin and general health may be better than that of most 50 year olds.
You can pay for Virginia neck lift surgery by certified check, credit card, or cash. Payment for cosmetic surgery is expected prior to any procedure. If you are scheduled for surgery several weeks in advance, you may pay by personal check.
Yes. However, the scars are quite short and inconspicuous. The traditional Virginia neck lift incision starts at the earlobe area and curves back around the ear towards the posterior scalp. About two-thirds of the incision is in the hair-bearing scalp and the rest is well hidden in the natural folds around the ear. If you look closely you can see the scars, but from a normal conversational distance the scars can go unnoticed.
Yes. However, the pain involved in neck lift procedures is very tolerable. We have heard our patients describe it as “discomfort” or “soreness.” For some reason, injuries to the face (including those surgically induced) do not hurt as bad as they look. Many patients do not finish the pain medications prescribed to them for pain relief. Having said that, remember that pain is very subjective, and it is not easy to predict what degree of pain you will have.
If you are having a regular Virginia neck lift operation you will be asleep. It is to your advantage to be comfortable and have an anesthesiologist monitor your heart and lungs. This would also help the surgeon to concentrate on his work and accomplish what he wishes to do with expediency.
The operation is performed in an outpatient surgical facility with the patient under general anesthesia. Only in rare situations, in which the patient may have medical risk factors, does Dr. Marefat suggest surgery in a hospital environment.
Yes. Photographs are mandatory for all cosmetic and reconstructive cases. Photographs are the only way for us to compare before and after results. Photographs in plastic surgery serve the same role that x-rays do for orthopedic surgery.
Dr. Marefat and the staff at Metropolitan Plastic Surgery would be happy to help you set up a private consultation to discuss Virginia cervicoplasty (neck lift). Schedule an appointment online or call one of our locations, our Arlington, Virginia office at 703-516-7600 or our Woodbridge, Virginia office at 703-560-9583.
Dr. Marefat offers a number of financial assistance programs and payment programs to cover the cost of cervicoplasty (neck lift) in Virginia. Please visit the Patient Financing section of our website for more details or ask the staff at Metropolitan Plastic Surgery about these options so you can get started with cervicoplasty (neck lift) in Virginia today.