Plastic surgery patients seeking cosmetic rejuvenation often overlook the fact that changes to the neck can create pleasing aesthetic differences. Facial plastic surgery procedures are a common solution to skin maturity of the face. Skin resurfacing sessions and cosmetic injections are minimally invasive yet effective options for those seeking refreshment of their looks. Less commonly, neck lift solutions are requested and discussed.
Neck lift surgery may consist of fat removal and structural changes to the underlying muscle of the area, and is a procedure typically reserved for those who exhibit advanced signs of aging. As people grow older, gravity and tissue dispersion can lead to collections of extra bulk in the neck, along with both vertical and horizontal lines that span the area of skin from the chin to the base of the neck at the collarbone. Through neck lift surgery, these concerns are addressed; fat may be removed through a liposuction procedure, unwanted skin is surgically cut away, and the muscles can be sutured to a tighter position within the neck. These measures provide patients with long-term results.
The fixes that are part of neck lift surgery create internal structure changes to reflect externally in the neck. Because of the dramatic alterations, the patient will require downtime to heal following the procedure. Below are some basic recommendations to aid in patient comfort while healing. Though the suggestions are general, Dr. Rubinstein can provide more specific aftercare instructions for each patient’s individual neck lift.
- Ice any areas that appear swollen or cause discomfort by applying a lightweight ice pack to the inflamed regions. Remove the ice pack from the area after 15 minutes of the application. This method is most beneficial for the three days following the neck lift.
- Place pain medication within reach to ensure easy access to quick relief.
- Lay down with the head and neck elevated at a 45° angle. Use steady pillows or cushions and be sure to support your body from the shoulders to head.
- If Dr. Rubinstein installs temporary drains under the skin to drain excess fluids, they will likely be removed within two days postoperatively. It is best to have someone available to drive you to the appointment.
- Following the removal of the drains, you can resume normal bathing routines. When washing the hair, it is recommended that you use hypoallergenic, sensitive skin, natural, or baby shampoo to ensure the incisions of the neck are not irritated by the formula. As for maintaining hygiene of the wounds, wash the neck area with a mild soap and the hands.
- After showering or taking a bath, reapply bandages or dressings to the wounds, along with any ointment recommended by Dr. Rubinstein. A medicated or otherwise gentle moisturizer may be applied to the neck.
- Avoid straining the body, especially in the neck area, for at least a week following the surgery.
- For two weeks after your neck lift surgery, abstain from bending forward, backward, or side-to-side with movements that involve the neck.
- While recovering, refrain from habits that may affect the healing process such as consuming alcohol or smoking.
- Activities that will cause the pulse to increase, such as physical exercise, are acceptable to resume one month following neck lift surgery.
By following the above suggestions, patients can ensure a comfortable and safe recovery period. Ran Y. Rubinstein, M.D. of Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists, PC also offers secondary procedures that may complement the neck lift once full recovery has taken place. Contact Dr. Rubinstein’s office to learn more about:
- Filler Injections
- Botox Injections
- Laser Procedures
- Peels and Microdermabrasion
- RubinsteinMD Skin Science Cosmeceuticals
Dr. Ran Y. Rubinstein has practiced in the Hudson Valley for over 14 years. The doctor has developed his specialty practice around facial plastic surgery, nasal, and sinus disorders. Dr. Rubinstein’s goal is to ensure each patient has fully functional features with improved aesthetics. In addition to his surgical practice, Dr. Rubinstein is an Assistant Professor at New York Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. His qualifications include dual board-certification from the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.