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General Information on a Neck Lift in Berlin

It is not unusual for patients to come to our private clinic for plastic and aesthetic surgery in Berlin to inquire about a neck lift, usually in conjunction with a facelift. Although scarves, shawls, turtlenecks or beautiful jewellery can offer slight reprieve when it comes to concealing the aging skin on the neck and the first wrinkles, once you reach a certain point it is no longer enough. More and more often women and men decide to counteract the natural aging process by means of a facelift and neck lift.

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Neck Lift – Facts

Duration of the operation: approx. 3 to 4 hours
Length of stay in the clinic: 1 night
Anaesthesia: general or local anaesthesia in twilight sleep
Follow-up treatment: decongestant measures for 2 – 3 days
Resumption of social activities: after approx. 14 days, depending on extent & additional interventions

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Further Information

Why does my neck sag and how can a neck lift help me?

Similar to the aging process in the face, a slackening of the mimic muscles in our neck leads to a flabby tissue, wrinkled skin or hanging ‘skin flaps’. The aging process on the neck can also start while the face is still in good shape. The well-known book by Nora Ephron titled ‘The Neck Never Lies’ takes a charming look at the aging neck and describes already on the first pages what is generally known, the neck gives away the person’s age. Although creams and masks can positively influence this natural process, there is also a natural limit here. When they lose effectiveness, people often seek surgical measures, which can surgically correct a double chin, unattractive transverse wrinkles or sagging skin in the neck area.

How big is the surgery and what exactly happens during the neck lift?

In aesthetic surgery, neck lifting is one of the smaller to medium sized procedures in terms of the surgical scope. The surgical rejuvenation of the neck, like a facelift, consists in tightening the extensions of the SMAS (Superficial Musculo Aponeurotic System Lift). In this procedure, the skin, the superficial connective tissue/muscle layer (SMAS) and the underlying layer are separated from each other and the SMAS tissue is tightened and reattached. In the preparation of the SMAS tissue, the deep extensions to the neck are prepared. Here, strips as thick as a finger are prepared on both sides up to the jaw angle, which then serve as a lasso for the neck lift. This lasso can then be used to pull on the neck and, by means of a redirection (hypomochlion) at the jaw angle, the neck can be effectively rejuvenated. This process allows very natural and lasting results to be achieved.

What is the difference between the SMAS lift and the neck lift?

On the neck, the SMAS extensions are called ‘platysma’, which is why neck lifts in aesthetic surgery are also called ‘platysma lift’ or ‘platysmalift’. These procedures can be combined well with a facelift operation: the incision used for the facelift can then also be used to perform the neck lift and does not require any further lengthening of the incision. This is why a neck lift is often carried out with a facelift. This is usually so that the neck fits in with the natural continuation of the face and thus the entire facial lines blend harmoniously into each other. Nothing looks more unflattering than a facelift sitting on a rooster neck.

Do I always have to have a facelift with a neck lift?

The neck lift can of course be performed separately from the facelift. This requires a small incision, which is made below the chin. Right and left neck muscle (platysma) are brought back into shape and sutured. The effect is a well-formed beautiful neck. Usually the operation takes about 2 hours, it is performed under general or local anaesthesia. If the neck is lifted in isolation, i.e. without combining a facelift with it, then the patient is usually in a twilight sleep and does not experience any pain, as the anaesthetic has made the patient unconscious for the duration of the operation. In addition, it can be useful to remove excess fat from the neck with liposuction. This will be discussed with the patients in advance.
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Risks / After the operation

What are the risks and complications of a neck lift?

As with any operation, possible complications can occur with a neck lift. However, thanks to the progress we have made in plastic and aesthetic surgery in recent years, these are becoming increasingly rare. Occasionally there are patients who complain of temporary sensory disturbances, but these usually subside after a few weeks. Haematomas that have occurred during and after the operation also recede after a few weeks.

What should I do after the operation for a neck lift?

As described above, we administer decongestant measures. These include so-called non-steroidal anti-rheumatic drugs (anti-inflammatory drugs). Patients should sleep with slightly elevated upper body for 2 weeks after the operation. In addition, during the post procedure period, patients should cool the area intensively at home. As homeopathic agents, arnica and ginger tea can also promote healing and help with the swelling after a neck lift.
The patient can also help to make the operation a success. If scar creams and scar plasters are used regularly, the scar will no longer be visible after a few weeks and the neck can be perfectly restored.
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How long will I stay in the clinic after a neck lift and when can I return to my daily routine?

The hospital stay should be scheduled for one night if a facelift was also performed. If the neck lift is performed in isolation without a facelift, patients can leave the clinic on the same day if they wish. As a rule, patients can resume social activities after after just two weeks. Immediately after the operation, decongestant measures should be taken to prevent bruising and accelerate the healing process. The neck lift is usually easy to cope with and patients usually report low levels of pain after the procedure.
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Cost of the Initial Consultation

The costs of the initial consultation always depend on the type and extent of the treatment. In principle, the scale of fees for doctors applies to the consultation hours. Thereafter, patients pay 50 euros for the initial consultation with anamnesis, collection of previous findings, physical examination and preparation of a therapy and cost plan. This fee is payable once and will not be credited towards further treatment. Additional appointments and post-operative care are included in the total price of the operation and do not have to be paid separately. This is the only way to ensure a high-quality treatment with sufficient treatment time, during which we can respond to you and your specific needs. In order to ensure the success of the treatment, we have to carry out the consultation with sufficient time and care.
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