I'm 7 years post facelift. The physician left a tire around my neck and then lipoed it. What can be done? (Photo)
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Based solely on your photo, I think that your only course of action would be a revision neck lift to correct the skin laxity. My best advise would be for you to schedule a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon in your area who can assess you in person and discuss your options.
Thank you for presenting your neck issue to the panel. Your picture shows a combination of skin redundancy and scarring. Only a full secondary face/neck lift, done carefully, can have the chance of gaining the correction you seek, and it will not be easy (because of the scarring, "folding" and adherence of the skin across the centraL neck). The contour irregularities may not be totally correctable, but some improvement should be possible (but optimal results may well require ancillary techniques, like some judicious fat transfer to the thin, scarred and adherent areas). I recommend you see an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon in your area for examination and planning for your procedure. Best wishes!
Hello. Thank you for your question. I suspect that your results were likely better several years ago, but since I don't have photos from the early postop period, it is impossible to make any assessment of the result of your previous procedure. It is normal to get progressive skin laxity as you age following a facelift. It appears from your photos that you have a lot of skin laxity and laxity of the underlying muscle in the neck. You also appear to have some tethering of the neck skin to the underlying muscle. You would need to have a secondary facelift procedure to fully address these issues and get the best result. I would not necessarily consider this a revision procedure, because it has been so long since the initial procedure. I would consider this a secondary facelift procedure, which is not uncommon several years after a primary facelift, in order to maintain a youthful neck and jawline. Also, you need a full face and neck lift, not some type of mini-lift procedure. The price for a face and neck lift varies from one surgeon to another, depending on their experience and expertise, and from one region of the country to another. I would not make price your primary consideration. Sometimes "you get what you pay for". I would encourage you to seek a consultation with a board-certified Plastic Surgeon or Facial Plastic Surgeon with extensive experience in facelift and facial rejuvenation procedures, in order to allow them to assess your individual anatomy, concerns, and goals, and determine the best treatment plan for you. I wish you the best in achieving your aesthetic goals.
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Thank you for your photos. Your photos show a large amount of skin laxity and redundant skin and muscle. The only way to achieve the best contour for your neck is revision facelift, where the tissues can be contoured appropriately and re-draped in a smoother fashion. The old scarring from the liposuction must be released to allow the tissues to re-drape. See a board certified plastic surgeon for a detailed consultation.
It can be very difficult to correct your problem if there is a lot of scar tissue under and involving the skin of your neck. If the area was very hard for a long time after the surgery there is a fair chance of having that problem again. Apparently you are concerned about this possibility as you have waited 7 years before asking this question. You should see a senior surgeon who has had a lot of experience with this problem.
Redo the facelift
Revision face lift - what can be done?
- I am sorry you were disappointed with your face lift result.
- Your photos show loose skin and loose neck muscles.
- You will need what is called a secondary face lift - it will need to be re-done with correction of the loose skin and muscle.
- The cost is likely to be the cost of a face lift - these costs cary from one region to another.
- Please see a Board certified Plastic Surgeon near you - consider several opinions - to find the right surgeon.
- To start looking, go to the website of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and search for those near your zip code.
Not a mini procedure
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