Who Is It For?
Jowls and unclear boundary between the jaw and neck might appear even amongst young people; it is either caused by a genetic predisposition or a fat deposit in this area. Amongst older patients, there is also the factor of sagging skin and loose platysma muscle. The solution is a jowl lift or neck lift, usually combined with a minor fat deposit liposuction.
Make sure you will get time off work (depending on the operation and the nature of your job). You will need support and help from the family and friends in the recovery period (avoiding physically demanding jobs, important social events etc.); if needed (and possible), arranging for children care.
No acute illnesses should occur in the period of at least 3 weeks prior to the planned jowl lift surgery (a viral illness, a cold etc.). If so, it is necessary to inform us.
One week before the operation, do not take any medications containing acetylsalicyclic acid (such as Acylpyrin, Aspirin, Alnagon, Mironal etc.). It might increase bleeding during and after the neck lift surgery.
Ideally, one month (minimum two weeks) before the neck lift procedure women should stop taking hormonal contraception or replacement in order to prevent thromboembolism.
Consult your GP or your surgeon in Prague regarding other medications you take regularly. Bring your usual medicine and pills, if possible in the original packaging.
It is recommended to stop or considerably reduce smoking two weeks before the neck lift operation. If you are a smoker don’t forget to bring nicotine patches with you.
Neck lift surgery requires the use of elastic garment after the procedure. You can either bring your own or you can buy them at the clinic. We recommend buying them after the consultation with your surgeon who will try the elastic garments on and decide which size and type is suitable for you.
Ideally, women should not have their period when operated. If they do, they need to inform their doctor.
How Is It Done?
The incision is made in the natural line under the chin. During the operation the tissue and platysma muscle are tightened and the excess fat and skin are removed. In cases of larger fat deposits, it is advisable to combine the operation with minor liposuction of the area.
Neck lift operation is performed under local anaesthesia, but the clients can also ask for intravenous sedation, which is more comfortable because they sleep during the operation. It takes approximately one hour.
The client stays overnight at the clinic. Immediately after the surgery the client starts wearing a compressive bandage. The elastic strap is worn for one week and then for three weeks only at night. It is necessary to avoid bending forward, flounces and physical effort for one week after the operation.
Speaking, laughing and any movement of the mouth should be limited in the immediate post-operative period. Until the bandages are removed, it is important to rest. The ideal position is on the back, with the head and body slightly elevated, to reduce, as much as possible, any post-operative complications such as bleeding, haematomas or swelling. However, some of these are likely to appear, especially in the neck area.
Post-operative bleeding, or bleeding caused by insufficient post-operative care at home
Swelling, discoloration, and tightness of skin for 10-14 days
Prolonged healing (especially if you smoke)
Haematomas, Infection of the wound
Imperfect effect resulting from non-observance of the post-operative instructions
Back To Normal
Following uneventful recovery, it is normally possible to return to work and resume customary activities (excluding exercise) within one week of the operation. Normal physical activities, including exercise, can be resumed within two weeks.
The scars are hidden in the chin line and are barely noticeable; they fade considerably within weeks of the operation. The result is long-lasting or even permanent.
Neck lift is either performed separately or as a part of a complete or selective face lift.