By Dr Andre Safvat
What is a Direct Excision Neck Lift?
A direct excision neck lift improves the appearance of the neck by tightening the neck muscles and removing the excess fat and skin. It is particularly effective in getting rid of the so-called double chin that many people are concerned about. Overall, it gives a more aesthetic and youthful appearance.
What is the difference between a Direct Excision Neck Lift and a Standard Neck Lift?
A standard neck lift is quite an elaborate surgery and has incisions around the ears which are camouflaged away. In contrast, the direct excision neck lift removes skin by cutting it out directly from the middle section of the neck. It is also a more straightforward procedure than a standard neck lift and has less potential complications. The recovery period is shorter in a direct excision neck lift, as is the theatre time and length of stay in hospital. It does, however, leave a visible scar in the centre of the neck. This scar fades over time and, surprisingly, is fairly unnoticeable. Also, a scar in that position is not commonly associated with cosmetic surgery, so it is not picked up on like other more known cosmetic surgery procedure scars.
Who is a good candidate for a Direct Excision Neck Lift?
The direct excision neck lift works best on older patients with more wrinkles as it is easier to hide the midline scar. It is not ideal for younger patients with smooth skin. It can be performed on both men and women.
What are the benefits of a Direct Neck Lift?
- Better definition of the neck
- Reduction or elimination of the double chin
- Reduction of neck fullness
- Reduction of the large fold of excess skin that commonly occurs in the middle of the neck
- Faster recovery than a standard neck lift
- Costs less than a standard neck lift
How long will it take to recover after surgery?
The direct excision neck lift is usually a day-only procedure in hospital. You will have some mild pain and possibly some swelling and bruising after the surgery. You will need to avoid strenuous activity for a few weeks. If you follow scar management advice, the scar will fade over time and usually by the 12-month mark it will not be that obvious.
How much does a Direct Excision Neck Lift cost?
Any type of neck lift is a cosmetic procedure and, as such, is not covered by Medicare or Health Funds. There are a number of factors that determine the final cost of this procedure such as the surgeon, anaesthetist and hospital fees. However, it is less costly than a standard neck lift as it takes less time to perform the surgery and it is a day-only procedure.