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As we age the skin under our jaw and along our neck can start to sag and even develop excess fatty deposits. This drives many people to consider a neck lift procedure also known as a lower rhytidectomy. In some cases people will schedule a neck lift in conjunction or in succession with a face lift procedure.

The procedure will require sedation so you will want to arrange to have someone drive you and help you at home while you get back on your feet.

The surgeon begins by making an incision that follows the hairline at the level of the sideburn or along the natural crease and contours of the neck and jaw. The incision continues down and around the ear and ends in the other side of the neck. This is done to minimize noticeable scarring on the incision has healed.

The surgeon might perform a small amount of liposuction to remove excess fatty deposits or to sculpt the natural shape of the neck.

Once completed the surgeon removes some of the excess skin from the neck and closes the incision with fine stitches, skin adhesive or other bandage dressing. The surgeon might also insert a thin tube to help drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect under the skin.

Your surgeon might also prescribe pain killers or anti-inflammatory medication to help with any discomfort during recovery. You should avoid using ice packs to help manage discomfort in the neck as this can compromise blood flow and potentially damage healing tissues.

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