Q: What is the difference between a neck lift and a full face lift?
A: Sometimes it is not necessary to have a more extensive “full” facelift because most of your facial cosmetic concerns revolve around loose neck skin, sagging neck muscles and bulging fat. Many patients do not show a significant loss of mid-facial fullness or the descent of upper facial soft tissue. Therefore, a more limited procedure, a limited neck lift, is a good alternative to having a traditional full facelift. Neck lifts can be performed with shorter incisions which can restore smooth contours to your neck. On the other hand, a “full” facelift , a more extensive procedure, is the ideal treatment option for patients with moderate to severe signs of aging including jowls,extensive muscle and skin laxity,and mid-facial volume loss. At the time of your initial consultation Dr. Kopelman will review your unique characteristics and concerns. You will have an opportunity to discuss your goals and expectations and ask any relevant questions you may have. Dr. Kopelman will determine if you are an ideal candidate for an isolated neck lift or for a traditional facelift.
Q: What is a neck lift?
A: A neck lift is a lower “facelift” through camouflaged short incisions hidden below your chin and behind your ears.The procedure can lift and smooth the neck and improve the definition of the jawline. Because a neck lift is less invasive compared to a traditional facelift it produces less bruising, swelling and is accompanied by fewer risks.
Q: How do I prepare for a neck lift procedure?
A: Doctor Kopelman will review your medical history as well as the prescription and non-prescription medications you may be taking. You must stop all blood thinners (such as aspirin, Motrin, fish oil and Vitamin E) at least two weeks prior to surgery to minimize the potential for bleeding, post-operative bruising and swelling.In addition, if you smoke you must refrain from smoking for two weeks prior to surgery because it may compromise your ability to heal and increase the chances that you will develop scars.
Q: Can I also combine a neck lift with other complimentary cosmetic procedures?
A: Yes, depending upon your cosmetic concerns, Dr. Kopelman may recommend other complimentary cosmetic procedures such as cosmetic eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), fat grafting, endoscopic brow lifts, and laser skin rejuvenation to enhance the overall appearance of your face.
Q: What can you expect with a neck lift?
A: Dr. Kopelman will review the surgical options available to you, and answer any questions you may have. Prior to surgery you will be able to tour the New Jersey certified Ridgewood Ambulatory Surgery Center, a state-of-the-art surgical facility, located on the premises of his consultation office. You will also be able to meet with our caring nursing staff that will be part of your team. In most cases an isolated neck lift is usually performed under local anesthesia with intravenous “twilight’”sedation.The procedure takes approximately three hours. The goal of a neck lift is to elevate and tighten sagging soft tissue through short incisions. Fat below you chin and neck will be re-contoured ,underlying sagging muscle will be repositioned and tightened and excess skin will be trimmed behind your ear.The incisions will be hidden within your natural creases below your chin and behind your ears so that over several months these incisions will become inconspicuous.
Q: What is the recovery like following a neck lift?
A: Following the neck lift procedure, a gauze dressing will be applied under your chin and behind your ears. These dressings will be removed the next day. A drain that was inserted during the procedure will be removed in most cases within 24 to 48 hours after surgery. Most patients typically experience little or no discomfort, but if there is any, it is easily controlled with over-the-counter pain medication. You will be examined by Dr. Kopelman and his nursing staff the next morning. Sutures will be removed in 5 to 7 days following the neck lift surgery. You can resume your daily activities within one week and your exercise routine within two weeks.Incisional scars will be hidden in the natural creases of your face and ears and in time they will be barely visible. To ensure that you have the best possible results Dr. Kopelman will examine you at regularly scheduled intervals to monitor your progress. Most patients return to work about 10 to 14 days after the neck lift surgery.
Q: How long will the benefits of neck lift last?
A: Cosmetic surgery will “turn back the clock” but you will continue to age.Each individual ages at a different pace therefore it is difficult to predict how long the benefits of a neck lift will last for you but most people enjoy between seven to ten years of improvement.
Q: What are the risks associated with neck lift surgery?
A: All surgery has some inherent risks. These risks include bleeding, infection, swelling, scarring, nerve injury, and blood clots, but they are rare. Our operating suite is state-of-the-art, and we do everything we can to minimize the risks associated with surgery. Most importantly, Dr.Kopelman and his team follow strict protocols minimize the incidence of complications.