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Are You Ready for a Neck Lift Procedure?
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Dec 24, 2013 - 5:47:55 PM

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Is your neck telling everyone how old you are without your permission? No matter how many twenty-ninth birthday parties you throw, you can't fight the effects of age and gravity on this sensitive area of the body. When it comes to aging, the neck is usually the first to go and, at some point, you might consider getting a neck lift procedure to tighten things up under your chin. It may sound like a quick and easy fix to your most pesky aging problem, but there's more to having a neck lift than you might think. Make sure that you understand the procedures, the effects, the results, and all those little details before deciding when to have that age-defying surgery.

Who is a Candidate for a Neck Lift?

Women and men with concerns about the appearance of their neck might be considering a neck lift procedure in Sydney. As we age, the jaw line can lose its definition and the neck can appear to sag for many different reasons. Fat often accumulates under the chin, changing its shape. Aging also causes the skin to loosen, an effect usually seen first in the neck. As all of these other aging processes are going on, the neck muscles also weaken and can result in a string-like appearance referred to as "bands."

When age finally imprints itself on your neck, it's easy to be self-conscious about it. Think about how vital your neck is to your overall appearance and presentation. Every time you look into the mirror, you might notice your neck. It might even become a source of frustration for you, one that could affect your self-confidence as well. Taking control of your body and reversing the signs of aging may be the right solution for you if you suffer from sagging, wrinkling, and "bands" around the neck area.

What Does a Neck Lift Do?

Before getting any cosmetic surgery in Sydney, it's important to understand just what results you can expect from the procedure you choose. If you're thinking of undergoing a neck lift, you need to decide which concerns you want to address. Technically speaking, a neck lift can include a set of procedures with different purposes: excess skin removal, alteration or removal of neck muscles, injections of Botox to solve fullness or "band" problems, and even excess fat removal with liposuction. When you undergo a neck lift, the angle and definition of your chin is restored, your neckline redefined, and the excess fat deposits removed. You'll get to experience a neck and chin that looks a lot younger with one quick and easy surgery.

What Does a Neck Lift Surgery Include?

The neck lift procedure includes an incision behind the ear, along the hairline, which is used to lift the neck. In many cases, a second incision is made along the crease just below the chin to allow for additional tightening of the neck muscles. Excess neck fat will also be removed via these incisions in order to recreate the contour and angle of your chin and your neckline.

Neck lifts are routine procedures that typically last two to three hours, unless you are having additional treatments at the same time. Some surgeons will perform liposuction procedures, facelifts, brow lifts, or Botox injections during the same session. The specifics of your surgery will depend on what you would like done and the extent of the corrections required. Get all the facts for your individual case by having a consultation with a trusted facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Paul Gerarchi of The Face Institute in Chatswood, NSW, outside of Sydney Australia.

How Should You Prepare for a Neck Lift?

Once you've begun the process of consulting with a physician for your neck lift procedure, the steps will be clearly laid out. As you look toward your surgery, plan to discuss any prescription medications you may be on or drug allergies you may have. Smokers are advised to stop smoking for at least four weeks before and four more weeks after your procedure to ensure proper healing. Stick to a healthy diet and lifestyle as well to equip your body with all it needs to heal quickly. Also plan to take off about one week from work, although you'll want to discuss this with your doctor ahead of time.

As you prepare for your procedure, start to think about what happens after you come home. You may want to set up a special recovery area inside your home before you have your surgery. Find a comfortable place to spend the first few days of your recovery, such as a favorite couch or your bed. Stock up on important things you'll want to have within reach, including medical supplies such as ice packs, gauze, a thermometer, petroleum jelly and antibacterial ointment. You may also like to have towels on hand as well as lots of comfortable, loose clothing to allow you to rest, including button-down shirts you won't need to pull over your head. Use pillows to prop your head up in a comfortable position, keep the telephone within easy reach, and ask a friend or family member to stay with you for the first 24 hours after surgery to help you with whatever you need.

Thinking about your recovery post-surgery is vital to making your transition toward a beautiful neck successful. Take the entire process seriously and don't expect an overnight transformation. If you let yourself heal through rest and care, you'll be thrilled with your results.

Ready to Get Started?

If you believe it's time that you got the ball rolling on your own neck lift procedure, Dr. Paul Gerarchi of The Face Institute offers outstanding results to his clients.  He is the Institute's founder and brings a clinical background in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Gerarchi is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and has held post-fellowship advanced subspecialty training posts in Sydney and throughout London. Contact Dr. Gerarchi for your consultation today at The Face Institute by phone at (02) 9412 4599. You can also use the email contact form on the website http://www.thefaceinstitute.com.au/.

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