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Northern Virginia Neck Lift Plastic Surgeon | Fairfax | LoundounUsually, a neck lift procedure by Dr Trang Vo-Nguyen in Chantilly, Northern Virginia, Loudoun County, Fairfax, Prince William, Fauquier, Arlington, Middleburg, Leesburg, Manassas and Warrenton lasts for 2-3 hours. Good mental as well as physical health is absolutely necessary for anyone who wishes to have a neck lift done. Some of the common concerns regarding neck lift procedures are as follow:

Loose or weakened neck muscles; turkey wattle

If your neck muscles are loose or weakened, it may cause neck “bands” to appear. Turkey wattle as it is also called, can be corrected by platysmaplasty surgery upon recommendation from your surgeon. In this surgery, incisions will be made either behind the ears or under the chin so that the neck muscle can be accessed by the surgeon for manipulation.

Permanent sutures will be used to keep the tissue in the right position, but modern procedures that are less invasive will see the surgeon make smaller incisions before using an endoscope to complete the surgery. The kind of anesthesia to be used will have to be discussed with the surgeon and one that you’re most comfortable with should be chosen. General anesthesia is ideal if you wish to remain asleep while the procedure is going on. Otherwise, local anesthesia with sedation works fine too.

Excess fat in neck region

Surgeons usually make small incisions under the chin to get rid of the extra fat during liposuction. Along with your neck lift, if you’re undergoing other procedures, surgeons find it easier to start off with liposuction. Pre-operative consultation with the surgeon will help you determine the right manner in which to go about it and how much time it’s going to take. Stiches and bandages will be used after the incisions and it’s crucial to follow the instructions of your surgeon properly to ensure proper care of the stiches and bandages after the surgery.

Excess skin in neck region

Similar to platysmaplasty, incisions for a cervicoplasty will be made by the surgeon to trim parts of your skin before lifting it into the right position. Stiches or tissue glue will be used to secure the area. The procedure will be done between two and four hours, but the complexity of the procedure will determine the right amount of time needed to complete it. Compression bandages will be fitted into the region after the procedure is complete and you will have to wear it for a minimum of a week.

How to prepare for neck lifts?

When you go in for a consultation, the surgeon will tell you what medications must be avoided before the surgery commences. Certain vitamins and medications thin the blood, thus causing increased bleeding. Smokers will have to kick the butt at least a couple of weeks prior to the surgery and must refrain from smoking for another two weeks post surgery. Proper healing is ensured by not smoking.

Even dieting is not advised during this period as proper intake of food is instrumental for proper healing. Comfortable and loose clothing must be worn on the day you go in for surgery. Button-down shirts or blouses must be used so that it won’t have to be pulled over your head or neck. After the surgery is complete, a week is the least you should take off from work. The recovery period will be specified by the surgeon, and following his/her instructions is crucial to get back on track in due course.

For more infomation please contact Dr. V. Dr. Trang Thuy Vo-Nguyen, known to her patients as “Dr. V,” is a board certified facial plastic surgeon providing the latest surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures in Northern Virginia, Leesburg, Loudoun, Fairfax, Warrenton, Fauquier, Arlington, Manassas, Middleburg, Prince William, and other areas.

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