Neck Lift Risks and Safety

Neck Lift Risks and Safety

Posted on June 16, 2017

Neck Lift Risks and Safety | Orlando Plastic Surgery | Altamonte SpringsWhile neck lift is a relatively safe and less invasive body contouring cosmetic surgery procedure, it still entails the typical risks and complications that are associated with any surgery. During the initial consultation, the surgeon will inform the patient about the possible risks and side effects in a clear and patient-friendly language.
A dedicated surgeon’s first goal will be to ensure that the patient has clear understanding of the pros and cons of neck lift, and makes a well-considered decision.
Such patients usually achieve a higher satisfaction level from the final results and are able to appreciate their new look in a better way. Board certified and committed plastic surgeon Dr. Thomas Fiala provides neck lift to patients in Orlando, Altamonte Springs, FL, and surrounding communities.

Common Risks

When a patient chooses to have neck lift surgery, they will be informed about the risks of anesthesia. Infection is another common risk that may occur during or after the procedure. Some patients may experience unfavorable scarring, if the surgeon did not hide the scars in discreet locations or had to make larger incisions.
Infection risks will be reduced if the surgical facility maintains high standards of hygiene and professional care. The surgical instruments must be carefully sterilized and overall environmental control should be flawless. After the procedure, the patient will be advised to minimize incision exposure to contamination and refrain from submerging the incision sites in water for a few days.
In case neck lift cosmetic surgery is to be performed using general anesthesia, a medical evaluation of the patient should precede the decision in order to determine the patient’s fitness for this procedure. This will reduce the risk of poor anesthesia reaction. Throughout the surgery, an anesthesiologist or a certified nurse anesthetist should be present to administer and monitor the patient’s response to anesthesia.
The surgeon should preferably have a conservative approach to neck lift and should use advanced surgical 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, steady, and splendid plastic surgeon Dr. Fiala receives patients from Orlando, Altamonte Springs, FL, and other communities and cities in this part of North Florida for a neck lift.

Other Potential Complications

Other possible complications of neck lift surgery may include:

  • Hematoma: excessive bleeding during the procedure
  • Seroma: fluid collection under the skin in the incision sites
  • Tightness in the Neck: excessive stretching of the neck skin during the procedure
  • Change of Sensation: Numbness or altered sensation in the incision sites, which is mostly temporary
  • Skin Irregularities: Lumpiness or mottling in the neck skin
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

If the neck lift surgery is performed by a fully trained and experienced surgeon, the incidence of serious complications will be very rare. In cosmetic terms, some patients may not be fully satisfied with the new appearance, symmetry or proportion of the neck with other facial features.
The results usually improve over time, and the patient should have realistic expectations from the beginning in order to appreciate the final outcome.
For more information of the treatments and procedures offered at this Plastic Surgery Center & Orlando Medical Spa by Dr. Thomas Fiala please contact us at (407) 339-3222 or visit ; ;


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