Neck Lift Under Local Anesthesia New York City and New Jersey
Neck Lifts have been traditionally performed by plastic surgeons while making you going to sleep (general anesthesia or IV sedation) to prevent the pain associated with the surgical procedure. Although these types of modalities are relatively safe, they are still associated with certain risk that could sometimes be life-threatening (e.g. loosing airway, arrhythmias, etc.). Patients that would like to avoid these risks, usually refrain from cosmetic plastic surgery of the neck, thus finding them unable to refresh themselves and look their best with cosmetic surgery of the face and neck
Dr. John Mesa, a Harvard trained Cosmetic Latin Plastic Surgeon, during his Face and Neck Lift Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship with the world renowned Plastic Surgeon Luis O. Vasconez, MD pioneered and perfected the technique of performing Neck Lifts under local anesthesia with minimal discomfort or pain, thus avoiding the risks associated with going to sleep (general anesthesia), twilight anesthesia, or heavy oral sedation.
A Neck Lift, improves the appearance of the neck by tightening sagging neck muscles, removing the excess of fat bellow the chin, and recreating the smooth angled shape of the neck bellow the chin (cervicomental angle). This procedure is often combined with a Face Lift for improvements of the lower and middle face.
A Neck Lift under local anesthesia with New Jersey and New York City plastic surgeon Dr. John Mesa, MD is a surgical procedure that provides the patients with a rejuvenated, refreshed and natural look without an “operated look’ stigmata.
Neck Lift under local anesthesia in New Jersey and New York City by Dr. John Mesa, MD has the significant advantage of being performed while the patient is awake using a diluted local anesthesia to numb the entire neck and make the procedure comfortable. Therefore, there’s no need of general anesthesia (going to sleep) or IV sedation (twilight anesthesia), avoiding the risks associated with them. Being awake allows the patient to breathe by her or him self (no need of breathing tube and anesthesia machine). It also allows the patient to keep her/his blood pressure stable through the operation, which increases also the safety and healing process. Very often the patient and Dr. John Mesa will have a collegial conversation during the procedure making the experience an incredible one. By maintaining the blood pressure stable during the procedure under local anesthesia, the there’s also far less bruising, swelling, hematoma formation (acute accumulation of blood under the skin) and downtime for Neck Lift under local anesthesia.
Frequent asked questions about Neck Lift under local anesthesia
Who is a candidate for Neck Lift under local anesthesia in New Jersey and New York City?
Patients that are otherwise healthy and have no anxiety conditions or take large amounts of anxiolytics (e.g. Xanax) are usually candidates to undergo Neck Lift under local anesthesia in New Jersey and New York City with Dr. John Mesa, MD.
Patients with certain medical conditions that preclude them from undergoing general anesthesia or IV sedation may be candidates for Neck Lift under local anesthesia in New Jersey and New York City with Dr. John Mesa, MD. These patients require medical clearance by their primary care physician (PCP), internist and/ or specialist (e.g. cardiologist) in order to undergo Neck Lift under local anesthesia
Patients are not candidates for Neck Lift under local anesthesia if they have unstable coronary artery disease, unstable and uncontrolled hypertension, bleeding disorders, or are on Coumadin/Heparin and these blood thinning treatment can’t be hold for at lease several weeks before and after the procedure.
How is Neck Lift Under Local Anesthesia with Dr. John Mesa, MD in New Jersey and New York City?
Neck Lift Under Local Anesthesia in New Jersey and New York City by Dr. John Mesa, MD is performed with minimal discomfort and no pain while the patient remains totally awake. This wide-awake Neck Lift under local anesthesia avoids the risks associated with general anesthesia (going to sleep), IV sedation (twilight anesthesia) and/or heavy oral sedation.
During the procedure, Dr. John Mesa, MD, a Board Certified Cosmetic Latin Plastic Surgeon and Craniofacial Surgeon injects the numbing solution (diluted local anesthesia) in your neck area with minimal discomfort or pain. Once all the neck is numbed, Dr. John Mesa, MD performs your Neck Lift without discomfort or pain. Since you are not sedated or placed to sleep, you are able to breath by yourself (no need of breathing tube or anesthesia machine). Additionally, by remaining awake, your body maintains your normal blood pressure stable through the procedure (general anesthesia agents usually lower your blood pressure). Very often you and Dr. John Mesa will have a collegial conversation during the procedure, making the experience an incredible and memorable one. Once the procedure is finished, light bandages / dressings are placed and then you are allowed to go home shortly after.
Undergoing a Neck Lift Under Local Anesthesia allows your body to remain physiologically stable during the procedure (normal blood pressure, normal breathing, no pain). This decreases the risk of bruising, swelling, hematoma formation (acute accumulation of blood under the skin) during and right after the procedure. Therefore, Face Lift and Neck Lift under local anesthesia by avoiding the risks of general anesthesia, IV sedation or heavy oral sedation is safer!
How long does Neck Lift under local anesthesia operation take?
The Neck Lift in New Jersey and New York City Board certified cosmetic Latin plastic surgeon Dr. John Mesa may take anywhere from 3 to 4 hours. Dr. John Mesa will consult with you to fully outline any pre-surgical requirements, what procedures we will be performing and what you can expect afterward.
Are there any risks with a Neck Lift under local anesthesia?
As with any surgery, there are associated risks. Since the patients the patients are not required to go to sleep (general anesthesia), undergo twilight anesthesia (IV sedation) or heavy oral sedation, all the risks of these anesthesia modalities are avoided, thus making the procedure safer!
Dr. John Mesa and his staff will be glad to guide you through this experience with thorough planning and preparation so that you can recover with the best results and few unexpected problems.
What can I expect after a Neck Lift under local anesthesia in New Jersey and New York City?
Bruising and swelling are common after your Neck Lift in New Jersey and New York City. Each patient is different, but for most, these side effects normally resolve within 2-3 weeks. We remove your bandages the next day after, and place you in a face and neck garment that should be wore for at least 7 days. Sutures are usually removed 5 or 7 days after surgery.
It is extremely important that your newly rejuvenated neck to be protected from sun damage after surgery. Avoid sun exposure, wear a broad-brimmed hat, and liberally apply SPF 50 or stronger sunscreen as instructed by Dr. Mesa.
How long is recovery a Neck Lift under local anesthesia in New Jersey and New York City?
Very likely, you’ll be able to return to work in about 2 to 4 weeks. You should wait 4 to 6 weeks or longer before participating in strenuous activity and exercise. You may need special makeup to camouflage any bruising for a short time. Final healing may take up to 3 months and will continue to improve over the next year. We will closely follow your progress to ensure a smooth recovery.
When will I see results a Neck Lift under local anesthesia in New Jersey and New York City?
Within a week, you should see a significant improvement. Once the swelling and bruising are gone, you may have minor scars that are hidden by your hair. These too, will fade over time. Gradually, your new, younger face will emerge a few weeks after surgery. Most of our patients enjoy the benefits of a Face Lift for many years. Depending on your age, you may have more than one Face Lift in your lifetime.
Why not go to a primary care physician Dentists, Obstetricians, Gynecologists, Internists and “Cosmetologists” for Neck Lift surgery?
Practitioners like dentists and other doctors who are not formally residency-trained and Board Certified to perform Neck Lift surgery have been found to suffer a much higher rate of complications, as it’s a side interest to them, and not a treatment they’re certified to do all day long. One of the most common complaints is minimal improvement, asymmetries, “operated look” etc.
Only a licensed professional with the knowledge, training and skills required to achieve optimum results should perform Neck Lift surgery. Look for a plastic surgeon who is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and who has completed his training at some of the top residency and fellowship institutions.