Lake Norman Oral & Facial Surgery • Dr. Raymond J. Haigney II • 9727 Northcross Center Ct. Huntersville, NC 28078 (704) 987-3132

9727 Northcross Center Ct. Huntersville, NC 28078 (704) 987-3132

Neck Lift Risks and Complications

What is a Neck Lift?

A neck lift is a cosmetic procedure which is designed to enhance and improve the appearance of the neck, jawline and throat region. A neck lift works by creating a smoother, more aesthetically pleasing neckline. A neck lift can also help eliminate the fat deposits and tighten the skin located on the neck.

How Is a Neck Lift Performed?

A traditional neck lift typically uses the following three components to treat an aging neck:

  1. Liposuction of the neck in order to eliminate excess fat from the chin and neck
  2. Removal of excess or sagging skin of the neck
  3. The tightening of the muscles in the neck. This is done by either pulling the muscles back or by suturing them together.

The outcome of a neck lift focuses on reversing the effects of aging in your neck. This includes the loss of elasticity in your skin and the pull of gravity. The goal of the procedure is to recreate a well-defined jaw line and re-position the soft tissues of the neck.

Should I Expect Scars After Neck Lift Surgery?

For most patients, recovery from a neck lift takes about two to four weeks. Scars may appear following the neck lift surgery, but they will become less noticeable over time. In most cases, the scars are difficult to see in the natural creases of the skin or in the hair line. Scars may also be hidden with makeup while the skin is recovering.

How Long Does a Neck Lift Last?

The results of a neck lift will typically last 10-15 years, but can vary for each patient. The treatment results can vary based on the patient’s skin prior to surgery and how well they take care of the skin following surgery. It is important to note that the face will continue to age after surgery. The results are also highly dependent on the individual’s natural aging process.

What should I expect during my neck lift recovery?

While recovering from a neck lift surgery, a bandage is typically gently placed around the face and neck in order to minimize swelling and bruising once the procedure is complete.

A thin tube may be placed to help drain and remove excess blood or fluid which can collect below the skin during your recovery.

The surgeon will also provide you with specific instructions that might include the following:

  • How to care for the surgical site and any drains
  • Restrictions and modifications while recovering from the procedure
  • Which medications to apply or take orally to aid in the healing process, minimize pain and reduce risk for infection
  • Specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health and when to follow up with your plastic surgeon

It is also important to keep your head elevated above your heart. This helps to minimize any swelling. You should also keep your head straight and avoid excessive twisting or bending of the neck as this can create complications. It is important to not apply ice to the neck because it can compromise the blood flow and result in skin death.

What are the risks of neck lift surgery?

As with any surgery, the decision to have a neck lift is personal. It is important to determine if the benefits help to achieve your goals, and if it is work the possible risks and complications.

The risks and possible complications of neck lift surgery include the following:

  • Anesthesia risks
  • Bleeding
  • Hair loss at the incisions which may be temporary or permanent
  • Facial asymmetry
  • Rare nerve damage which can cause weakness of the lower lip
  • Accumulation of fluid
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Swelling
  • Discolored and irregular skin
  • Loss of skin
  • Numbness or changes in skin
  • Persistent pain
  • Poor wound healing
  • Unsatisfactory results which can require additional surgery

These risks and any others will be discussed prior to the procedure. It is important to address any questions or concerns with your surgeon prior to the procedure.

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Patient Testimonial

"Words cannot express enough, how wonderful, caring and professional Dr. Haigney and his staff are! After being rushed to the Huntersville hospital with an orbital fracture, broken nose and other facial damage, Dr. Haigney rushed me into surgery (on his day off I must add) and corrected all my problems. I only wish all doctors cared as much about their patients and their recovery as Dr. Haigney and his staff did. Thank you so much for everything! Your attention and compassion has helped me make my recovery as comfortable as possible. 5 star service!"