Neck lift

The double chin gives the face an aged and puffy look. There are two reasons why a double chin can occur: excess skin and/or excess fat in the neck area. A neck lift removes fat and tightens the skin along the jaw and neck in order to restore a smoother and more youthful neck appearance, and a more defined neck profile and contour. In the case of slackening of the skin and neck muscles, a skin excision is necessary. In the case of pure excess fat in the neck area, liposuction is then indicated. It is sometimes necessary to combine the two techniques.

Procedural facts

Anaesthesia:Local anaesthesia. Sedation or general anaesthesia on request.
Length:About 2 hours.
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Sport:After 6 weeks.
Aftercare:Wear a compression splint on the neck for 2 weeks. Prophylactic antibiotic for 3 days.
Risks:Local swelling, bruising, infection, induration, hematoma, asymmetry.
Costs:We would be happy to provide you with a non-binding offer. Please fill out the contact form or call us.

General information

What happens during the aging process? The skin relaxes, as do the muscles and ligaments. The neck gives an appearance that makes you look older than you are. If you show significant signs of aging in the neck area, such as a "turkey neck", flabby skin with prominent Platysma muscle, a complete neck lift is indicated. In this case, an incision is made directly in the neck or behind the ears. If you are young, have elastic skin and only have a localized fat accumulation, the procedure to be performed is a liposuction. It is often necessary to combine both procedures at the same time.

Treatment procedure
At the Bellefontaine Clinic

Before the procedure

During the first consultation, we make sure that you will benefit from a neck lift. To this end, we clarify questions about your general state of health. We measure the various skin parameters and analyse whether other areas such as cheeks, forehead, eyebrows or eyelids need to be corrected as well. The procedure and the consequences of the operation are discussed in detail. Smoking should ideally be stopped 3 weeks before and 3 weeks after the operation. Certain medications that increase the risk of bleeding, such as aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and some vitamin Bsae medications, must also be stopped 3 weeks before surgery. You will receive detailed instructions from us prior to surgery.

During the procedure

On the day of the operation, we take pictures of the face in a standing position. An experienced anaesthetist will inform you about the planned general anaesthesia if you have opted for this type of anaesthesia. In the case of sagging skin and muscles in the neck area, incisions are made in the neck area and/or behind the ears. Excess skin and fat tissue is carefully removed. The tissue and skin are then repositioned and sutured. If there is excess fat without excess skin on the neck, liposuction is performed. Liposuction is performed below and above a muscle called platysma. In young patients (up to about 35 to 40 years of age), liposuction is sufficient in most cases. In older patients, a combination of neck lift and liposuction is often performed. At the end of the operation, a special neck bandage with compression is applied.

After the procedure

Immediately after the procedure, you will wear a pressure bandage around your neck. You must take antibiotics for 4 days after the procedure. After the procedure, you should rest for two weeks. The stitches will be removed after two weeks. Unpleasant side effects such as a feeling of tension, swelling and bruising usually disappear after 10 to 14 days. Mild physical activities can be resumed after only a few days. After 6 weeks, you can start exercising again. To make the scar as invisible as possible, scar treatment must be started three weeks after the operation. Special scar ointments are suitable for this purpose and must be applied three times a day to the appropriate areas. A massage promotes the absorption of the cream. As long as the scar is red or pink, you must protect it from the sun.

Risks and side effects

In principle, every operation carries certain risks - for example, an infection or a haematoma. The sensitivity of the skin to touch can also be reduced after the operation. Bruising, redness and slight swelling frequently occur after the operation. Sometimes there may be scarring problems due to mechanical stress, scarring disorders and asymmetry. Nerve or vascular damage is rare. If smokers do not restrict nicotine consumption significantly or completely, scarring disorders may occur.


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