As we age, our skin starts to sag. We start looking older than we are. Our confidence wanes as the effect of decades of gravity rears its head. Fortunately, we don’t have to live with the visible effects of the aging process. At MD Age Management in Winter Park, FL, we offer a neck lift to help our clients look as young as they feel. Here’s what you need to know about this youth-restoring procedure.
How Does a Neck Lift Work?
A neck lift works by creating a carefully placed incision that allows us to remove excess neck tissue. Primarily, we remove excess muscle tissue (usually the parts of the platysma muscle). However, if you have lost a significant amount of weight rapidly, we can also remove excess skin. Also, a small amount of excess fat can be excised. Just understand that, unlike liposuction, this procedure isn’t designed to remove a significant amount of fat.
Once the excess tissues affecting your appearance are removed, we will lift and tighten any sagging tissues that remain. For instance, we will elevate any sagging muscle tissues you may have and tighten loose skin. The localized fat that remains after excision may also be shifted and sculpted to eliminate fat bands. We can give you a better idea about what to expect during your initial consultation once we have a better understanding of your goals.
Am I a Good Candidate for This Procedure?
You must attend an initial consultation to determine definitively whether you qualify for this procedure. As a general rule, you will qualify if you are a physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy adult with concerns about the appearance of your neck. However, we need to verify that this procedure will allow you to achieve your aesthetic goals by having an in-depth discussion with you about your goals and evaluating your current aesthetic.
We also need to verify that you are healthy enough to receive this procedure. We need to know about your current health, all pharmaceuticals you are currently taking or have taken recently, and your medical history, including chronic medical conditions and treatments or procedures you have had in the area.
What Is the Right Age to Consider This Procedure?
To reiterate, you need to be an adult to qualify for this procedure. However, as long as you are an adult, there is no right age to consider this procedure. The most important factors are whether you have moderate-to-severe neck concerns, good health, and realistic expectations about the entire process, including the preparation, recovery, and results.
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How Should I Prepare for This Procedure?
We will give you a comprehensive guide on how to prepare for your procedure during your initial consultation. Preparation instructions vary from person to person based on medications currently being taken and other lifestyle factors. Here is a brief summary of some of the most important preparation steps:
- Don’t drink alcohol
- Don’t consume tobacco products
- Don’t take blood-thinners
- Drink plenty of water
- Eat nutritiously
- Protect your skin from sun damage
Note, depending on the health of your heart and lungs, you may receive either general anesthesia or a combination of sedation and local anesthesia. The scope of your procedure also affects the type of anesthetic that will be best for you. For instance, if you are receiving liposuction or a facelift in addition to your neck lift, a general anesthetic is highly advisable if your heart and lungs are healthy. However, there are additional preparation requirements.
How To Prepare for General Anesthesia
If you will receive a general anesthetic to keep you comfortable during your procedure, there are extra preparation steps you must follow. Specifically, you must fast for eight hours pre-op, refraining from eating any solid food. During this time period, you also must refrain from drinking any fluids that aren’t translucent or clear.
For example, you can’t drink cranberry juice in the eight hours leading up to your procedure. However, drinking apple juice is okay. You can also drink pulp-free aloe water, coconut water, and sports drinks. That said, you may not drink anything within two hours of your procedure. To ensure you are adequately hydrated, drink at least half a gallon of water daily in the days leading up to your lift.
What Can I Expect From the Results?
As a good general rule, you can expect the appearance of your neck to be improved for 10 to 15 years. There is a strong possibility that your results will last for 12 to 15 years if you receive this procedure when you’re in your 40s. If you’re in your 60s, there is a good chance that you will only enjoy your ideal results for around a decade.
Schedule Your Initial Consultation Today
Do you feel self-conscious about the appearance of your neck? With a neck lift, you don’t have to. This procedure works by removing excess tissues, including muscle, skin, and a small amount of fat, and restructuring and lifting the remaining tissues as necessary. To find out whether you qualify for this procedure, contact us today at MD Age Management in Winter Park, FL to schedule an appointment if you’re in the Orlando, FL area.