The aging in our face actually starts from the day we are born. In a newborn baby, eyelid and cheek distinction is not even clear. In childhood, the eyelid and cheek are completely separated. This is the result of the tissue displacement downwards by the effect of gravity. The downward displacement of tissues continues from adolescence to old age. Smoking, sun rays, stress, weight gain and loss and many other factors that disrupt skin quality can accelerate this amount of sagging. With sagging, the skin loses its tightness and loses its tight appearance. In order to eliminate these effects of time, hanging and tightening the tissues in the neck area is defined as neck lift surgery.
In neck lift surgery, an incision is made starting from the front of the ear and extending behind the ear. The Platisma muscle, which is the continuation of the SMAS tissue in the face, is reached through this incision. The ends of the muscle are found and hanged behind the ear. The excess skin is removed surgically. In order to prevent fluid and blood accumulation in the surgical area, silicone pipes called drains are placed and a pressure dressing is applied appropriately.
In some patients, a tissue accumulation is observed in the midline of the neck, ie in the jowl area. The type of surgery to be performed on the jowl area determines the amount of excess and sagging. Laser liposuction / VASER application is beneficial for low sagging. However, if there is severe sagging and excess skin, the neck muscle should be tightened in the midline of the neck with the incision made under the chin with liposuction.
After neck lift surgery, the patient is followed up in the hospital for 1 day due to general anesthesia. It is appropriate to use a face mask that will apply pressure for the first 2-3 days. The patient begins to be fed with liquid and soft foods when the duration of 6-8 hours of anesthetic drugs expires. Swelling and edema in the face area will pass in the 7-10th days.
The patient, who gets rid of sagging in the neck area with neck lift surgery, gains a taut face. The most beneficial thing that patients considering neck lift surgery can do before surgery is to quit smoking to reduce the risk of complications that may occur.
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