Neck lift options. Can I avoid nerve damage? (Photo)
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1.Amount of excess fat (needs lipo or direct removal).
2.Presence of Significant Platysmal Banding (requires playsmaplasy or Botox)
3.Amount of excess Skin and condition of your skin. For example younger age, darker skin colors and no large weight loss history means there will be better elasticity and therefore better post surgical contraction. In milder cases if not too much fat is present there will be enough skin shrinkage with just lipo alone. However for moderate and severe skin redundancy a neck lift or lower facelift is needed with or without lipo for best results. Mild to minimal skin tightening using non surgical means like the Sciton Laser SkinTyte procedure, Ultherapy or Thermage could also be considered.
4. Chin deficiency (without adequate chin support your neckline will suffer)
When these procedures are performed by a board certified plastic surgeon the risk of nerve damage is uncommon.
In your particular case, though an exam is needed for confirmation, based on your photo is a Lite Lift or MACS lift with or without a platysmaplasty procedure.
Lasers such as the Sciton BBL SkinTyte, or even IPL afterwards could be used for maintenance of your results.
Nerve damage with a facelift
Trigeminal Nerve Injury and Neck Lift
There are other nerves that can be injured during a neck lift. They are:
1) Sensation nerves
2) Motor nerves
Sensation nerves are the nerves most commonly injured during a facelift. If they are damaged, it can cause numbness to the ear or skin of the face. The most common of these nerves to become injured is the great auricular nerve.
The facial nerve is the motor nerve that can be damaged during a neck lift. It innervates the muscles that move the face. An injury to a branch of this nerve is the most feared complication of a neck lift, but it is exceedingly rare in proficient surgeons.
You are smart to ask these questions. I hope this helps.
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A face and neck lift is what would help you the most.
I think the problem you had from your chin implant was poor surgical judgment and technique. So, I would advise you to get evaluated by a board certified plastic surgeon, like myself, who will give you an honest opinion about benefits and risks to help you make the right choice. Not every cosmetic surgeon is a board certified plastic surgeon. Good luck!
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