A very fast revision neck lift is quite rare after a properly executed surgery. The goal of the procedure is to remove just the right amount of excess skin, possibly some fat and tighten the deeper muscle to achieve a stable result that can last for many years.
Nonetheless, aging continues after surgery although after how long the sagging returns will depend on several key variables such as the inherent skin elasticity, sun exposure, diet, and patient’s weight. But one way to postpone the need for a revision neck lift is to take care of one’s skin.
Avoiding drastic weight fluctuations, sun’s UV rays, and smoking can prevent or at least slow down the aging of the skin, as suggested by several studies conducted by experts.
In the event that an immediate revision neck lift is warranted, often times the culprit is the incorrect execution. Sometimes, poor healing could also get in the way of achieving optimal results from the surgery.
It may be safe to surmise that under-corrected surgery is much easier to address than over-corrected operation. Once the skin, tissue, or fat is depleted, the revision becomes complicated. The surgeon will employ techniques more commonly used in reconstructive plastic surgery—e.g., skin grafts, fat transfer, etc.
In revision involving under-corrected neck lift, doctors use additional incision or possibly extend the existing scar to remove additional skin. Inexperienced surgeons may commit the mistake of using liposuction-alone approach to address jowling and turkey neck appearance without realizing that the problem is caused by the excess skin and not just by the extra fat.
The only way to remove the excess skin that contributes to the jowling and saggy neck appearance is by making incisions behind the ear, particularly within the ear-face junction for optimal scar concealment.
Revision dealing with under-corrected surgery may also involve additional scar beneath the chin, which is the only way to access the separated neck muscle responsible for the unsightly vertical bands. Evading this additional step can result in less than optimal “angle” of the chin and neck.
Over-corrected, meanwhile, is typically more difficult to improve. Sometimes, the only way to address the problem is to do nothing—i.e. wait for the skin to relax and settle.
Scar revision is another reason for touch-up following a neck lift surgery. While most patients have no visible scars after surgery, some individuals may experience poor healing, or their surgeons have failed to remove the tension on the skin during the initial surgery, leading to scar migration or aggressive scarring.
Generally, revision neck lift surgery is performed 6-12 months after the initial surgery to make sure that all the swelling has dissipated and the skin has settled to its final shape.
What are the benefits of Revision Neck Lift Surgery?
Patients who have undergone an initial neck lift procedure have significantly different needs than those who have not had any prior neck rejuvenation surgery. As such, a revision neck lift requires special techniques that must be performed with maximum precision and finesse to produce optimal results.
Under his expert care, patients can expect the following benefits:
- Firmer, smoother skin
- Enhanced neck contours
- Restored symmetry in the face and neck
- Natural-looking results