Neck lift surgery is performed to improve the appearance of the neck and the jaw line.
During your initial consultation with Mr Ritz, he will discuss the procedure with you, pre operatively, what happens during the surgery and your post operative care, and any risks or complications involved, there are risks associated with any surgery no matter how big or small, it is important you are aware of them and understand them. He will ask you questions about your medical history, and about your breasts. Your breasts will be assessed, and measured, he will discuss with you your expectations and desired outcome. It is important you understand your options so you can make the right decision about your surgery. You will have another consultation about 2 weeks prior to your procedure, to discuss the surgery again and answer any further questions you may have.
During the surgery
On the day of surgery you will admit anywhere from 30 mins-2 hours prior to surgery depending on the hospital you are at, Mr Ritz will see you again and draw pre operative markings on you , the anaesthetist will also speak to you. An incision is made usually behind the ear and maybe under the chin, the excess skin is excised and the neck muscle, called the platysma, is tightened. The skin is then re sutured. A drain may also be used to remove any excess fluid.
You may require 1 night in hospital, some patients can be done as a day case depending on the type of surgery. We will see you at approximately 5 days and then weekly after that. You will have a bandage which you are required to wear for at least 1 week during the day then at night.
Post operative care
You will not be able to drive for about the first week, you will also be limited with physical activity, including heavy lifting and gym.