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Neck Lift (Neck Liposuction)

Neck lift, also referred to as Neck Liposuction, is a cosmetic surgery that aims to improve the appearance of the neck that also affects the shape of the face by reducing or removing excess skin, altering muscles and fat deposits. Neck Lift is also called Lower Rhytidectomy in other technical terms.

Who is a good candidate?

The candidates for Neck Lift are people with young skin that has a good volume of elasticity. As fat is emptied from the area, if this procedure is performed on mature skin it can result in excess fat hanging loose which would then require additional treatment.



Prior to the procedure, a surgeon will meet with the candidate to discuss the surgery, confirm the results that can realistically be achieved and outline the complications that can occur. It is essential that candidates have realistic expectations. Your surgeon will also perform diagnostic examinations and/or laboratory investigations prior to hospital admission and surgery. This is to ensure that you are fit for surgery. This is in line with standard hospital procedure.

How the Procedure is Performed

The type of anesthesia to be administered will be confirmed prior to surgery. Options will include general, local, epidural block or intravenous sedation. A compressive dressing may be placed over the areas to be suction. Your surgeon will instruct you on how to correctly removed and place the bandage following discharge. A hollow, small tube (cannula) is inserted via or more tiny incisions (less than one-quarter inch within contours or skin folds) near the area to be suctioned. The cannula is connected to a vacuum pressure unit, which is guided by the surgeon. This literally vacuums away fat. You may be able to go home within a few hours after surgery or may be asked to stay overnight for additional monitoring.

Limitation’s and Risks

There is risk in all surgical procedures and it is important that you are aware of the risks involved in your procedure before going ahead with the surgery. During your appointments you should discuss any concerns with your surgeon and not be afraid to ask questions. Your surgery will be unable to proceed unless you sign a pre-surgery consent form.

It is also your obligation to advise your surgeon of any important medical information that could affect your surgery and/or increase your levels of risk. The type of medical information that you should disclose includes medical complications, previous surgeries, current and recent medications and family disease.

Side Effects

  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Skin Irregularities
  • In rare instances, pigmentations changes may occur
  • Bleeding
  • Reactions to anesthesia

There are treatments available to help reduce the above problems from occurring. You can also minimize these problems from occurring by following the instruction of your plastic surgeon both before and after surgery.

Recovery Time

The day after surgery will present challenges as you will need to move around (only for short periods and gently) to encourage blood circulation. Do not take aspirin or certain anti-inflammatory medications and avoid smoking. Your dressing will be removed within several days and the swelling should disappear within 1-2 weeks. Bruising may last three weeks or longer. You may also feel numbness in some areas. It can take several weeks for numbness to dissipate. Stitches are normally removed within 10 days.

Returning to work: 10 days – 2 weeks
High impact activity: Normal activities can be resumed within 2 weeks. Exercise can be resumed within 3-4 weeks after surgery.
Scares will fade: Your scars will be in areas that are hidden and with time, will fade,

Note: This information acts as a guide to your possible treatment. Your individual concerns and specific medical history will need to be shared and discussed with your surgeon during your initial consultation.

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