During the ageing process skin can lose its elasticity and fatty tissue under the skin may start to shrink in volume. This could cause skin to cease to follow the contour of the face so closely and therefore become loose. This process becomes more noticeable in the cheek area at the bulk of the cheek, resulting in a fold of tissue from the side of the nose to below the jaw line, causing a heavy jowl.
The Neck Lift procedure involves the removal of loose skin and tightening of sagging muscles. Many creams, medications and facial exercises have been used as anti-ageing treatments, however none of these significantly affect the ageing process. The most effective way of significantly altering an unfavourable appearance is to have this kind of surgery.
In general, the Neck Lift procedure involves the removal of excess skin from the chin and neck area and the operation is usually carried out under general anaesthetic, by one of our highly skilled surgeons. The incisions are generally made behind the hair line and in natural creases. The resulting scars fade in time to become barely visible.
The length of stay in the hospital is usually one night, and the sutures are removed after one week. Any swelling or bruising should disappear within two weeks at which time it should be acceptable to return to work. Although, in most cases, the change in facial appearance is remarkable, improvement is gradual and will continue for some months.
It is necessary to come for a pre-operative assessment at the hospital about a week prior to surgery. This takes about 30 minutes. It is also vital to attend post-operative consultations.