American Society of Plastic Surgeons
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Neck Lift

Lower Rhytidectomy

A neck lift, or lower rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that improves visible signs of aging in the jawline and neck.

What are the risks of neck lift surgery?

The decision to have a neck lift is extremely personal. You will have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals, and if the risks and potential complications of a neck lift are acceptable.

You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure and any risks and potential complications.

Neck lift surgery risks include:

  • Anesthesia risks
  • Bleeding
  • Facial asymmetry
  • Fluid accumulation (hematoma)
  • Infection
  • Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
  • Persistent pain
  • Poor wound healing
  • Prolonged swelling
  • Rare nerve injury that could cause weakness of the lower lip
  • Rare risk of deep venous thrombosis with cardiac or pulmonary sequelae
  • Skin irregularities and discoloration
  • Skin loss
  • Sutures may spontaneously surface through the skin, become visible or produce irritation and require removal
  • Temporary or permanent hair loss along the incisions
  • Unfavorable scarring
  • Unsatisfactory results which may require revisional surgery

These risks and others will be fully discussed prior to your consent. It is important that you address all your questions directly with your plastic surgeon.


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