Neck Lift Surgery Risks

neck-liftLike any surgical procedure, a neck lift inherently has a few possible risks or complications associated with it. The chances of these risks differs in degree depending on how much work needs to be accomplished.

It is normal to have some swelling after receiving a neck lift procedure. This may or may not be a complication depending on how severe the swelling is as well as how long you neck stays swollen. It is important to discuss this possibility with your surgeon when the complication starts so that you have a better understanding of your chances of having excessive swelling.

It is also normal for someone who has just undergone a neck lift procedure to feel some tightening or pilling of the neck as this is an effect from the swelling that occurs after the procedure. Unfortunately this too may turn into a complication in the event that the neck lift was a botched procedure and the skin of the neck was pulled too tight when stitching you up.

As with any injury to the body, you may also incur some pain as well as numbness at the same time. This basically comes down to the various nerves that are located in the neck area. While some irritation may cause pain or discomfort, other irritations may cause numbness. This should not worry you too much as it is still a natural effect of the procedure. In the event that you incur excessive pain or the numbness lasts too long you should contact your surgeon to get scheduled for a check-up.

It is important that with any type of surgical procedure that you watch your body’s temperature closely after receiving a neck lift. The reason for watching your temp is because it may be an early sign of a possible infection that may be occurring under the skin of the neck.

Please remember to discuss these concerns with the surgeon during your consultation so that you will have a better idea of how they may affect you as well as how you may be able to prevent them from happening. This is important as it allows you to weigh the risks to the outcome of the procedure thus allowing you to make a well informed decision regarding you upcoming procedure.

Every surgery has its risks, and a neck lift is no exception. The best way to deal with them is to ask your doctor, but learning about the possible complications before you even obtain surgery can be a good idea.

One of the most likely unfortunate situation occurs when a patient is allergic to anesthesia. If you know you are, obviously telling the surgeon at your consultation appointment is the best idea. However, not everyone is aware they even have this allergy. It can be uncomfortable at best, and deadly at worst.

If you wake up from the surgery, feeling an irregular heartbeat, itching, difficult breathing, or are sick to your stomach, these could all be symptoms of an allergy to the anesthesia. In this case, you should tell your doctor immediately. There are possibility that it could also be signs of an allergy to any medicine that was administered during the neck lift, not just anesthesia.

You might also have scarring on the treated area. Most surgeons aim to keep this to a minimum, but there is no way to tell if your skin will scar or not. Some people heal quickly, while others take time. The scars could never go away, but in most cases they will fade with time. There are plenty of creams on the market that claim to eliminate or disguise scarring, so look into these if you are faced with this complication.

One worrisome effect of any surgery is infection. If you have a fever or notice pus near the treated area, you need to contact your surgeon as soon as possible. They can give you antibiotics to clear the infection. In fact, often you will receive antibiotics to take during your recovery period in order to prevent an infection from occurring at all. Be sure to take them as long as your doctor’s instructions say to, whether you feel well or not.

It is normal for your neck to feel tight, numb, or tingly after a lift. This is not really a risk, as it is temporary and not worrisome. It should go away after about two weeks, but contact your doctor if you feel something is not right. Fast treatment could decrease any permanent complications from occurring.

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