Tips On Preparing for a Neck Lift

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If you are not happy with your neck’s appearance, there are a number of procedures you can get performed to improve it. One of the most common procedures is called a neck lift. This actually acts as a broader category of procedures, ranging from botox injections to liposuction in your neck. If you want a neck lift, it is going to help trim the fat in that area, tighten the loose skin and give you a nice lift. Before your surgery, you need to make sure you are preparing in the right way. Here are some helpful tips.

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About Neck Lifts

Before knowing how to prepare for surgery, you should know a little more about the procedure itself. A neck lift is clinically known as a cervicoplasty. The procedure lasts 2-3 hours and should only be performed by a licensed and accredited plastic surgeon with experience performing neck lifts. It is not uncommon to have a neck lift in combination with other procedures, such as a face lift or liposuction. The procedure is performed with a small incision under your chin and in front of your ears. This gives your surgeon easy access to your neck muscle so they can be tightened, and it also gives them access to removing excess fat in this area. After the procedure is done, sutures are placed. You will most likely have general anesthesia to be asleep during the procedure.

Surgery Preparation Tips

Now that you know how the surgery is done and have agreed to have the surgery, it is time to prepare for it. There are things to start doing right away, and others that you do the day before your procedure.

Quit Smoking – If you are a smoker, you need to quit at least two weeks before surgery. It is better for your health if you stop smoking all together, but at least for two weeks before and after your surgery. This includes skin patches and nicotine gum. By doing this, you help your body heal properly.

Medications – Consult your doctor about any medications, vitamins or supplements you’re currently taking. Even it is just a baby aspirin or multi-vitamin every day, your surgeon needs to be aware of it.

Take Time Off – If you work or go to school, schedule to have at least one week off after your surgery, and a couple days before your surgery to better prepare for it. You will need this time off for recovering properly.

Eat Healthy – Another thing that helps you heal more efficiently is by eating right. Start eating better at least two weeks before your surgery. Have your daily recommended amount of protein, vitamins and nutrients.

Before the Surgery – When the surgery date is a day away, plan to wear loose and comfortable clothing that don’t restrict your neck area. Bring along books or magazines, a cell phone charger and other items you want in your recovery room. Have your own towels and pillow, robe, socks and shoes for the recovery room as well. You will only be able to eat soft foods, so have plenty of pudding and broth.

If you follow these tips, you will be ready for surgery and avoid most complications.