One of the first places where people start to show signs of aging is on their neck. If you have recently had a mini facelift or a traditional facelift, but feel like your newly tightened skin tends to accentuate your loose skin on your neck, it may be time for a neck lift.
During this surgical procedure, Dr. Derek Steinbacher will make an incision that starts near your hairline by your sideburn and it will extend all the way to the back of the hair. After that incision has been made, the neck skin will be lifted and excess fat will be repositioned or sculpted. Additionally, the neck muscle which is called the platysma, will be tightened and repositioned. After the appropriate tissues and muscles have been repositioned, the skin will then be draped over the new contours of the neck and then the incisions are closed with sutures.
After surgery, we will then wheel you into a recovery room where you will be monitored typically for several hours or even overnight, and then we will send you home for the rest of your recovery. Because recovery after surgery may seem a bit daunting, we have created a list of three things for you to do to help everything go, hopefully, a little bit smoother.
One of the best things that you can do when recovering after a surgery like a neck lift is to really listen to your body. If you are still really sore after the first two weeks (which can be normal) then consider staying home from work or other activities for another couple of days. If, however, you feel your energy returning sooner than this two week mark, you can push yourself a little bit, but still remember to take it easy.
After we send you home from surgery, your neck will be wrapped in a neck wrap that’s designed to give your skin the support it needs in order to fully recover. Make sure that you strictly follow Dr. Steinbacher’s orders in regards to how long you should wear this for; that way you can get rid of pain and swelling a lot faster.
If you are prescribed pain medication by Dr. Steinbacher to use after surgery, make sure that you follow all of the instructions listed on the label. The more consistent you are with taking them for the first few days after surgery, the more likely you will be to get better results.
Don’t worry, we will send you home with an even more detailed list of recovery tips after your surgery. To learn more, contact us at our Guildford office and call us at (203) 453-6635.
Dr. Derek Steinbacher has devoted his life to aesthetic and life-changing surgery. He is an artistic and meticulous surgeon who draws patients from around the world due to his perspective, unmatched skill, and exceptional results. He is able to uniquely address the face (facelift + rejuvenation), jawline (orthognathic; chin; contouring; implants), nasal (rhinoplasty), eyelids, profile, neck, breast, and body with one-of-a-kind results.
He is a multiple Board-Certified, Fellowship-Trained Plastic, Cosmetic, and Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgeon. He is Fellow of the most prestigious surgical organizations, including the Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery, Societies of Craniofacial and Maxillofacial Surgery, the Aesthetic Society, and the Rhinoplasty Society. He has served as Full-Professor of Plastic Surgery at Yale, including Director of the Cleft and Craniofacial Program, and Chief of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Steinbacher has unparalleled training at premier institutions, including Harvard and Johns Hopkins. His perspective brings together the best aspects of many distinct – but related fields – and it is this intersection of scope and expertise, in addition to an artistic eye, which enables excellent comprehensive results.
Dr. Steinbacher's approach: technical acumen, meticulousness, and penchant for combining art and science, together with his eye for balance, beauty, and harmony, helps achieve outcomes that greatly improve a person's confidence, health, and overall quality of life. Patients can trust that they are always in good hands!