Neck Lift Surgery Risks and Safety

Neck Lift 

blonde girlAlthough neck lift is considered to be among the safer and less invasive body contouring cosmetic surgery procedures, but it will still involve certain risks that are typically associated with any surgery. At the time of pre-op consultation, the surgeon will apprise the patient of the potential risks and side effects in a transparent manner.
A committed surgeon’s first concern will be to ensure that the patient is completely aware about the pros and cons of neck lift, and makes a well-informed choice. Such patients usually achieve more satisfying final results and appreciate their new look in a better way.
Board certified plastic surgeons at the Aesthetic Center of Plastic Surgery provide neck lift to patients in Houston, Texas, TX, and other cities and neighborhoods in this part of Texas.

Common Risks

When a patient decides to undergo neck lift plastic surgery, they will be informed about the risks of anesthesia. Infection is another common risk, which may occur during or after surgery. Unfavorable scarring may take place in a few cases, where the surgeon has been unable to hide the scars or has created larger incisions.
If the surgery room maintains high standards of hygiene and professional care, the risk of an infection occurring during the surgery will be mitigated. The surgical instruments must be carefully sterilized and overall environmental control must be impeccable. Following the surgery, the patient will be instructed to minimize incision exposure to contamination and refrain from submerging the incision sites in water.
Thorough health evaluation should precede the decision to use general anesthesia in order to determine the patient’s fitness for this procedure. This will minimize the risk of adverse anesthesia reaction. Throughout the surgery, an anesthesiologist or a registered nurse anesthetist will be present to administer and monitor the patient’s response to anesthesia.
Surgeons should ideally adopt a conservative approach to neck lift and apply cutting edge techniques in order to produce desirable outcomes with minimal scarring. The patient will be required to refrain from smoking to further reduce the risk of complications and scarring. Accomplished and judicious cosmetic surgeons at the ACPS receive patients from Houston, Texas, TX, and nearby areas for neck lift.

Other Possible Complications

Some other potential complications of neck lift may include:

  • Hematoma: excessive bleeding during the procedure
  • Seroma: fluid collection beneath the skin
  • Tightness in the Neck: excess stretching of the neck skin during the surgery
  • Altered Sensation: Numbness or change of sensation in the incision sites, which is usually temporary
  • Skin Irregularities: Lumpiness or mottling in the neck skin
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Severe complications are extremely rare, particularly when the neck lift surgery is performed by a fully trained and experienced plastic surgeon. However, patients should know that aesthetic priorities are subjective in nature, and a few patients may feel dissatisfied with the new appearance, symmetry or proportion of the neck with other facial features.
Patients should wait for the full results to establish over several months or up to a year. In exceptional situations, a revision surgery may be performed to correct the appearance.
For more information about The Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery (ACPS) physicians and the cosmetic surgery treatments and procedures they perform please click here or call us at 713.799.9999. We have offices in and around Houston, Texas.