2 - 4 hours
7 - 10 days
The neck lift procedure usually involves an incision that extends from in front of the ears to behind the ears and into the hairline to elevate and remove excess skin. A MACS (minimal access craniofacial suspension) neck lift goes beyond just tightening the skin. It extends below the skin to the deeper more fibrous layers. Tightening this deeper with SMAS layer (superficial musculo-aponeurotic system) which allows the underlying structures to be lifted as well. n addition, a small incision under the chin allows for removal fat and tightening of the platysma muscle.
Our team will evaluate your medical history to check for conditions that may delay the surgery or the healing process. Some of the common conditions are:
Please avoid aspirin and brufen-containing medication for two weeks prior to surgery to eliminate the chance of post op bleeding.
Patients need to understand that the post-operative period following a necklift can be quite a daunting one. It is not so much a question of pain although the bandages can make it feel quite tight. This is partly due to the bandages and partly due to the muscle tightening that is performed at the time of the surgery. Your face and sometimes your ears will feel quite numb for some weeks. This is abnormal consequence of surgery and should recover after a few months. In the interim however you may also experience sensations of tingling, tightness and hypersensitivity in the face and neck as the nerves begin to grow back.
Contact the hospital, if you have the following symptoms: