Neck Lift in Baltimore, MD
Board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Theda C. Kontis offers neck lifts to the residents of Baltimore, Maryland, Washington, DC, and the surrounding areas.
If you have had another plastic surgery procedure such as a facelift, or if you have generally tight, toned and contoured skin on your face, your neck may stand out if it is not as aesthetically appealing. This is especially true if you are naturally more prone to show the signs of aging, if you have lost an excess amount of weight, and suffer from loose or sagging skin. A neck lift can help you achieve the look you desire and can bring your neck back into shape.
How is a neck lift performed?
Depending on the patient’s individual needs, neck lift surgery can be performed a number of different ways. Typically, liposuction may be performed to remove if the patient has excess fat that needs to be removed. In addition, cervicoplasty may be used to remove excess skin and platysmalplasty could be performed to remove or tighten neck muscles. A neck lift may also be performed as part of a combination treatment plan that could include a forehead lift, facelift or eyelid surgery.
Neck lifts are generally performed endoscopically, during which the surgeon is guided by an instrument that allows for smaller incisions, no general anesthesia, reduced bruising and faster recovery.
How long does a neck lift take?
Depending on how many procedures are going to be performed in addition to the neck lift, the entire length of time may vary from one hour to several hours, but usually does not require an overnight stay.
What is the recovery like after a neck lift?
Recovery from a neck lift can vary among patients and depends largely on the type of procedures performed during the surgery. For procedures that involve liposuction, the neck, jaw and ears may be bruised and continue to swell for up to 10 days. The physician may recommend sleeping on two pills and keeping the head and neck still and elevated at all times for up to 10 days. You will wear a bandage around your neck and head that can be removed the day after surgery. Oral pain medications and antibiotics may be prescribed to help with discomfort.
Recovery from cervicoplasty is very similar to liposuction recovery. The neck, jaw, and ears may be bruised and continue to swell for up to 10 days.
Platysmalplasty recovery also is similar to liposuction. The neck, jaw and ears may be bruised and continue to swell for up to 10 days. Severe pain or abnormal symptoms should be reported to the doctor immediately.
Board certified in both Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Dr. Theda C. Kontis specializes in surgical and nonsurgical procedures that achieve youthful and natural results for the residents of Baltimore, Maryland, Washington, DC, and the surrounding areas.