Neck lift surgery or lower rhytidectomy is a cosmetic surgery for reducing issues in the neck and jawline area, such as excess fat and skin, wrinkling, jowl lines or double chins.
You will find a rich selection of clinics offering neck lifts in Turkey, particularly in the country’s cultural capital, Istanbul.
Neck lift procedure
Neck lift surgery can take from two to three hours and is performed under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation.
Incisions are made either in the hairline or around the ear depending on the method. The fat, tissue and muscle are repositioned according to the desired outcome and excess skin is removed.
Another incision might be done under the chin for performing liposuction and repairing the muscle.
Neck lifts are usually sought by patients not requiring a full facelift because of a satisfying upper area of the face, but seeking to restore a youthful appearance of the jawline and neck area.
Eyelid sugery, brow lifts and fat transfers can be done in combination with neck lift surgery.
You should be healthy and ideally a nonsmoker in order to have a neck lift surgery. Smokers are instructed to abstain from nicotine for at least a month before and after the surgery in order to minimize the chances of any complications.
Neck lift surgery Costs
Costs of neck lift surgery can vary widely according to the surgeon’s experience and the exact type of procedure. Costs of neck lifts in Turkey, along with many other cosmetic procedures, are much lower compared to Europe and the US.
In most cases, neck lift surgery is considered a cosmetic surgery and therefore not covered by health insurance.
Always inquire about the full price which takes into account not only the price of surgery, but additional costs such as anesthesia fees, operating room facilities and hospital costs, examinations, second procedure cost if necessary, etc.
During neck lift surgery consultations, the following is discussed: surgical goals; medical history; substances used currently, including medications, supplements, alcohol, drugs and tobacco; current health status; the expected outcome; postoperative care and potential complications.
The area of the neck and jawline is measured and examined. Photographs are taken and options for the neck lift surgery are discussed, after which the surgeon recommends an appropriate course of treatment.
It is advised to make full use of the consultation appointment in order to make as informed of a decision as possible. It is important for the success of the neck lift to honestly answer to all of the surgeon’s inquiries and openly ask about anything requiring clarification.
Before Neck lift surgery
The following might be asked of you before having your neck lift surgery:
- Getting tests for medical evaluation
- Abstaining from nicotine for a month before and after the surgery
- Abstaining from aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements
- Taking specific medications or adjusting current medication
Postoperative care & recovery
After your neck lift surgery, bandages are placed around the face over the incisions as they heal. Thin tubes might be placed under the skin for draining any build-up of excess blood or fluids. You are instructed on what medication to use for healing and how to take care of the treated area during your recovery. A follow-up appointment is arranged.
The head should be kept in an elevated position in a forward direction, without excessively turning the neck to the sides, upwards or downwards. Ice must never be applied to the treated area as it can lead to circulatory issues resulting in necrosis (skin death). The skin in the incision area should always be handled gently without exposure to any abrasive motion. Any form of physical straining should be avoided for at least three weeks after neck lift surgery.
About 10 to 14 days are needed in most cases to return to normal activities, however, you should expect to be able to see the final results of your neck lift only after external and internal healing is complete and the swelling and bruising go down fully, which might take several weeks to months. Scars remaining after the neck lift stay hidden as they heal in the hairline area and the natural contours of the ear.
It is advised to make inquires with your surgeon concerning the period immediately after the surgery and during recovery. You may have questions about where you will be placed after the surgery, what medications you will be given, and when to arrange an appointment for follow-up care.
Neck lift surgery does not prevent the skin from continuing to age, therefore the results of your neck lift can be altered with time. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and using daily sun protection are recommended in order to preserve the results of your neck lift.
In some cases, multiple surgeries are needed for the best results.