What is a Revision Neck Lift?
A revision neck lift corrects the results of a past neck lift. Patients often request neck lift surgery to treat loose skin and excess muscle and tissue in the neck. However, if too much or not enough skin was removed during a neck lift, the final result is a distorted neck appearance. Perhaps worst of all, this procedure also results in an unnatural facial appearance.
At the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, Dr. Azizzadeh tailors a revision neck lift to his patient. Dr. Azizzadeh wants a revision neck lift to bring harmony to the neck and face. He understands a revision neck lift is a complex procedure, and as such, evaluates a patient prior to surgery. Dr. Azizzadeh then works with his revision neck lift patient to correct the unsatisfactory results of a past neck lift procedure.
What Are the Benefits of Revision Neck Lift Surgery?
Revision neck lift surgery benefits include:
- Reduced jowling and facial drooping
- Tighter facial muscles
- Enhanced neck and face symmetry
Dr. Azizzadeh is a top-rated Los Angeles facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon who educates a patient about revision neck lift surgery before treatment. He explains how the surgery is performed and outlines the treatment benefits. If Dr. Azizzadeh believes revision neck lift surgery can help a patient achieve a natural-looking facial appearance, he then develops a custom treatment plan for him or her.
Am I a Candidate for a Revision Neck Lift?
Neck lift surgery results typically last 10 years or longer. If neck lift surgery results fade after treatment or the procedure fails to deliver the desired results, a revision neck lift is available.
Dr. Azizzadeh generally treats revision neck lift patients who display one or more of the following skin issues in the neck and face:
- Fat deposits and buildup
- Muscle and/or skin laxity
- Sub-muscular laxity
Dr. Azizzadeh also meets with a patient to determine if he or she is a good candidate for revision neck lift surgery. He analyzes a patient’s neck and facial features and finds out why this individual wants to undergo neck lift surgery. Dr. Azizzadeh also reviews a patient’s medical and surgery history.
If a patient qualifies for revision neck lift surgery, Dr. Azizzadeh next develops a personalized treatment plan. Dr. Azizzadeh believes there is no such thing as a “standard” revision neck lift procedure. Therefore, Dr. Azizzadeh develops a custom revision neck lift treatment plan designed to deliver long-lasting results.
Dr. Azizzadeh offers two types of revision neck lift procedures: skin-SMAS-platysma lift and platysmaplasty. During a skin-SMAS-platysma lift, Dr. Azizzadeh lifts and tightens the neck skin. Meanwhile, during a platysmaplasty, Dr. Azizzadeh treats underlying muscles in the neck (platysma muscles) to produce a tight, youthful-looking neckline.
The decision to perform a skin-SMAS-platysma lift or platysmaplasty varies based on the revision neck lift patient. Thanks to the consultation process, Dr. Azizzadeh can gain the insights he needs to offer a personalized revision neck lift recommendation to each of his patients.
Revision Neck Lift Recovery Process
Revision neck lift surgery patients sometimes experience swelling and bruising after treatment. In certain instances, Dr. Azizzadeh prescribes medications to help revision neck lift patients reduce their post-surgery pain.
Dr. Azizzadeh recommends revision neck patients wait a few weeks after surgery before they engage in strenuous activity or exercise. In most cases, patients can resume their everyday activities approximately two weeks after a revision neck lift.
Also, Dr. Azizzadeh provides detailed instructions to help revision neck lift patients achieve the best-possible results. These instructions include:
- Clean surgical incisions with hydrogen peroxide once a day for the first week after treatment.
- Apply antibiotic ointment to surgical incisions three times a day immediately following treatment.
- Wear a chinstrap garment for the first week after surgery; this garment should be worn as frequently as possible. If the chinstrap garment irritates the skin, remove the garment and contact Dr. Azizzadeh.
- Use a cold compress for approximately 20 minutes per hour when awake for the first three days after surgery. A revision neck lift patient should also use a warm compress for 20 minutes per hours at least three times per day on any bruised areas.
- Keep the head elevated as much as possible in the first week after treatment.
- Remove the compression garment to shower starting two days after treatment.
Dr. Azizzadeh wants each revision neck lift patient to experience a smooth recovery. He requests follow-up appointments throughout the revision neck lift surgery cycle to monitor a patient’s progress. If a patient has concerns or questions about revision neck lift recovery, Dr. Azizzadeh is happy to respond to them, too.
Revision Neck Lift FAQ
What are some of the potential risks associated with an initial neck lift?
A neck lift patient may experience bruising, swelling and skin numbness in the first few days after a neck lift procedure. However, in some instances, a neck lift patient experiences severe complications, including:
- Permanent skin numbness
- Unbalanced facial appearance due to uneven removal of neck skin, fat or tissue
Like any surgery, there are risks associated with neck lift procedures. Dr. Azizzadeh works diligently to minimize risk during revision neck lifts. He evaluates a patient and determines if he or she qualifies for revision neck lift surgery. If Dr. Azizzadeh believes a patient is a good candidate for a revision neck lift, he then creates a personalized treatment plan for his patient.
What does it mean if neck skin is undertreated or overtreated during an initial neck lift?
For initial neck lift patients, undertreated neck skin appears loose and droops. Comparatively, overtreated neck skin is tight and sometimes causes scars.
The goal of a neck lift surgery is to help a patient achieve a balanced, healthy-looking facial appearance. If an initial neck lift results in an undertreated or overtreated facial appearance, a revision neck lift may be necessary to address this issue.
How is a “botched” neck lift revised?
Dr. Azizzadeh conducts an in-depth patient evaluation before he performs a revision neck lift. The evaluation allows Dr. Azizzadeh to study the results of a patient’s “botched” neck lift and plan accordingly.
Dr. Azizzadeh wants each revision neck lift patient to achieve natural-looking results. To accomplish this goal, Dr. Azizzadeh personalizes a revision neck lift procedure to his patient. This allows Dr. Azizzadeh to safely treat a botched neck lift.
How long should I wait after an initial neck lift before I undergo a revision neck lift?
The results of an initial neck lift procedure usually last 10 years or longer. As a person gets older, his or her neck lift results fade, and wrinkles, fat deposits and other visible signs of aging in the neck reappear.
For those who want to find out if they qualify for a revision neck lift, Dr. Azizzadeh can help. Dr. Azizzadeh meets with a patient and finds out why he or she is considering a revision neck lift. He also evaluates a patient’s neck and facial features and reviews his or her medical and surgery history at this time. Finally, Dr. Azizzadeh provides a treatment recommendation to ensure a patient can address visible signs of aging in the neck.
How long does it take to complete a revision neck lift?
A revision neck lift often requires between one to three hours to complete. Additional time may be required if a revision neck lift is performed in combination with other facial rejuvenation treatments.
How can I prepare for a revision neck lift?
Revision neck lift patients may be required to complete a physical exam and stop taking certain medications in the weeks leading up to surgery. They also should not smoke for at least six weeks prior to treatment.
What should I expect during a revision neck lift procedure?
A revision neck lift is commonly performed as an outpatient procedure. General anesthesia may be used during a revision neck lift, and a patient’s blood pressure, pulse and other vital signs are monitored throughout treatment. Following a revision neck lift, a patient is monitored in a recovery area as well.
Trust Your Face To a Revision Neck Lift Surgery Expert and Schedule a Revision Neck Lift Consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh
To learn more about your revision neck lift, please contact us today at 310-657-2203 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh. We also offer phone or Skype consultations for out-of-town patients.