Since his training in San Francisco over 10 years ago, Dr. Ahn has come to the realization that not just one surgery applies to every patient.
The primary advantage if being trained on the west coast is the exposure to the most modern and effective techniques in minimally invasive facial rejuvenation. Neck lifting is one of those procedures that is able to achieve significant improvements in the neck contour with shorter incisions and less recovery.
Dr. Ahn’s Neck Lifting Approach Emphasizes the Following Principles:
There tend to be two distinct groups of patients who need a neck lift.
The primary reasons are:
For patients in good general health, all surgeries are performed at the Aesthetic Surgery Center, our on site, private, accredited office-based surgical suite. The Aesthetic Surgery Center is accredited by the Joint Commission (JCAHO), which is the accrediting agency for hospitals and outpatient surgical facilities.
All procedures at the Aesthetic Surgery Center are performed under intravenous sedation, also known as “twilight anesthesia”. We feel that procedures performed under twilight anesthesia are safer (without the risks of general anesthesia) and lead to a quicker and easier recovery.
Immediately after surgery you will have a loose dressing around the head and neck. After spending the night at home or in a local hotel (we will make arrangements for out of town patients) you will return to the office the next day to remove the dressing. We will also clean your sutures and wash your hair. For the next week, you will do little but rest at home with your head elevated.
During this time most patients describe slight swelling and soreness along the front of the neck. Most patients do not complain of significant pain though we do prescribe pain medications. The stitches are removed after seven days and most people are presentable in public with make up at approximately 10 days. The overall recovery is approximately 10 days.
If you have a special event planned, Dr. Ahn advises that you allow at least 3-4 weeks of recovery before the event.