A mini neck lift can be done under twilight or local anesthesia. The selection depends on what additional treatments may be performed concurrently and your health and individual desires. The treatment typically takes between 1.5 and 2 hours. An incision is generally made beneath the chin to remove extra fat and tighten the neck muscles centrally. Incisions are also made behind the ears to enable lateral neck muscle tightening and skin removal. If both the jawline and the midface are lifted simultaneously, the postauricular or behind the ear incision must be extended in front of the ear. Following the operation’s completion, either a tight dressing or drains are put in to suck out excess blood and avoid hematoma development. Scars from a mini neck lift Dallas procedure are hardly visible and are buried behind the ear and in your hairline behind the ear.
Possible risks involved with the mini neck lift
Neck lifts, both full and mini, are a very safe cosmetic surgery. Bleeding and infection at the incision site are the most typical risks of a mini neck lift treatment. You are urged to discuss how to keep your incision clean with your provider, and contact their office if you have any concerns. Blood or fluid can also accumulate under the skin (hematoma and seroma), albeit this is less usual with this less invasive treatment. Facial nerve damage is exceedingly rare, although it does occur and can cause transient muscular paralysis on one side of the lower face. Also, nerve damage typically heals on its own in three to six months.
Moreover, other concerns are more cosmetic. You may have minimal asymmetry, which your surgeon should be able to rectify with a straightforward operation. Because your provider will have removed extra fat from the region, you may notice your neck muscle, or platysma, more following surgery. Some patients may seem emaciated, while others may perceive more drooping skin.
Recovering after a mini neck lift
Since mini neck lift recovery is simpler and shorter than full neck lift recovery, you should expect less discomfort, swelling, and bruising while you recover. Most people may return to work and resume normal activities within just one week, and over-the-counter pain medication is frequently sufficient to alleviate discomfort. To minimize swelling, you may be requested to wear a pressure dressing that wraps around your head and under your chin for the initial 24 hours following surgery. Your surgeon will also advise you to avoid intense activity, heavy lifting, and bending over for at least two weeks following the treatment. Additionally, within a few days of surgery, you should see your surgeon for a check-up to ensure you recover properly. Any non-dissolvable sutures will be removed after a week. Your incision will also be mainly healed in two weeks and should be completely healed in three months.
You are recommended to discuss with your surgeon if this treatment will produce the desired results, and make sure you’re visiting a board-certified plastic or facial plastic surgeon. Call Dr. Malouf Dermatology or book your appointment online to determine if the mini neck lift therapy is ideal for you.