Neck lift plastic surgery is a relatively less invasive body contouring procedure. But similar to any surgical procedure, it has some associated risks.
The surgeon will provide the patient details on various facets of the neck lift surgery during the pre-operative consultation, including information on the risks and safety of the procedure.
The first goal of a committed surgeon will be to allow the patient to make a judicious decision. On their part, the patient should follow the surgeon’s pre and post-operative guidelines in a dedicated manner to achieve safe and predictable neck lift results.
Generally, patients receive neck lift surgery under general anesthesia, which has certain associated risks. However, these risks are greatly minimized in the hands of a skilled anesthesiologist or a certified nurse anesthetist.
The patient should be in good general health to undergo anesthesia and minimize the chances of a poor response.
Another common risk associated with any surgical procedure is the risk of infection development during or after the procedure. The surgical venue should maintain high standards of hygiene and offer a sterile environment and advanced surgical equipment to reduce this risk.
During the recovery period, the patient should make sure that the incision sites do not come into contact with contaminants to reduce the risk of infection development.
Neck lift cosmetic surgery carries the risk of unfavorable scarring as the neck if a very prominent part of the body. An expert cosmetic surgeon will make incisions in a discreet manner to reduce this risk. Ideally, patients should choose a cosmetic surgeon who is an expert in facial and neck surgeries.
The patient, on their part, should not use tobacco in any form and avoid the use of specific medicines for some time according to the surgeon’s guidelines.
Other Potential Complications
- Hematoma: Excessive bleeding during the neck lift surgery
- Seroma: Fluid collection beneath the skin
- Tightness in the neck area: Excessive neck skin stretching during the surgery
- Altered sensation: Numbness or change in sensation in the incision areas which is typically temporary
- Skin aberrations: Mottling or lump development in the neck skin
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
The risk of scarring is associated with neck lift surgery. But an experienced surgeon will ensure that the incisions are made in discreet sites to make sure that any future scarring remains inconspicuous.
The risk of severe complications in neck lift surgery is rare in the hands of a highly skilled and qualified surgeon. To reduce the risk of disappointment, it is also important for the patient to have realistic expectations from the procedure. This will enable them to feel more satisfied with their new neck symmetry, proportion, and appearance.
It may take several months or even up to a year for the complete results of the neck lift surgery to be visible. In rare cases, however, a patient may need revision surgery at a later date to address the final appearance.
Cosmetic surgeon Roger Tsai, MD receives patients from West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA, and nearby areas for neck lift surgery.
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