There are several methods available to help patients lose immense amounts of weight in a short time frame. While this is great for preventing future health issues, it can create another problem: With massive weight loss, the skin under your neck may become loose and start to hang. This issue is often called a “turkey gobbler” or “turkey wattle.”
A turkey wattle can negatively affect your self-confidence. Thanks to the direct neck lift, you can eliminate this problem. Even the most severe forms of sagging can be treated using this procedure.
What Can You Achieve with a Direct Neck Lift?
The direct neck lift can treat the following problems:
• Accumulation of fat on the neck
• Turkey gobbler
• Excess loose skin due to massive weight loss
• Neck banding
Are You an Ideal Candidate?
Dr. Martin will conduct a physical examination during your consultation in order to ensure that you are suitable for the procedure. If you are in overall good health, you can come in for a direct neck lift. If you have any chronic health problems, inform Dr. Martin immediately.
Avoid smoking for at least two weeks before and after the procedure. Smoking reduces oxygen and blood flow to the surgical site, which can cause the healing process to take more time than usual. It can also reduce the quality of your results and potentially cause complications.
The Direct Neck Lift: What to Expect
The direct neck lift typically takes only one hour to perform. Dr. Martin uses local anesthesia at the start of the procedure; this ensures that the patient is comfortable throughout.
First, Dr. Martin will use liposuction to remove excess fatty tissue from the neck. The incision made by Dr. Martin is vertical and extends from under the chin down to the base of the neck. After this incision is created, excess skin is trimmed away. Once the procedure is finished, Dr. Martin will close the neck-lift incision with the help of stitches.
Recovery After the Procedure
Once you go home after the procedure, you will need to apply a cold compress to the surgical area in order to quicken the healing process significantly. This will help to lessen swelling and bruising. We will give you special ointments and washes to keep the incision area clean.
For the first two weeks after the surgery, you shouldn’t stretch or make sudden movements with your head. You must sleep with your head in an elevated position for the next four weeks, as it promotes healing.
Avoid any strenuous exercises and activities for a minimum of three weeks. Dr. Martin will remove the stitches during a follow-up appointment five to seven days after the procedure.
How Long Will the Results Last?
The direct neck lift reverses the effects of aging. As a result of this, you will feel and look several years younger than your actual age! If you take care of yourself during the initial stages of recovery, the results will last for several years.
Set Up a Helpful Consultation
If you want to find out more about the direct neck lift, start by speaking with Dr. Kurtis Martin. Dr. Martin, an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon, will discuss the procedure with you in greater detail during a consultation. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.