Lower rhytidectomy, commonly known as neck lift, is a plastic surgery procedure designed to restore a smoother, more youthful neck appearance. Neck lift may be performed independently, but is often combined with facelift. During the initial consultation, the surgeon will determine the patient’s candidacy and address their doubts and concerns.
The surgeon’s first goal will be to help the patient make an informed decision about the procedure. The patient should be prepared to engage proactively in the consultation process, and freely ask questions from the surgeon.
The fabulous and pillar of the community Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery, led by board certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Burton Sundin and Dr. Reps Sundin, provides neck lift to patients in Richmond, Virginia, and surrounding communities in this part of the northeast.
At the time of pre-op consultation, the surgeon will first like to understand the reasons why the patient wants to choose neck lift plastic surgery, and which particular aspects of the neck are bothering them. If the patient has any underlying health issues, they should inform the surgeon at this stage. Once the surgeon has the required inputs, they can make appropriate recommendations to the patient about neck lift surgery.
Patient’s Aesthetic Goals
Each patient will have unique aesthetic needs and goals with regard to their neck and facial appearance. The surgeon will try to have a clear idea of the patient’s personal cosmetic goals in order to create a customized neck lift plan that incorporates those goals. In this way, it is possible to achieve the patient’s desired outcomes in a less invasive, more targeted manner.
Current Health Condition
The patient should ideally arrange in advance for their previous health records from their physician and specialist to be sent to the surgeon’s office. The patient should also inform about any current underlying medical condition, known allergies, or autoimmune disease. This will enable the surgeon to modify the neck lift procedure as needed in order to minimize the risk of surgery.
The patient should list down all the prescription and non-prescription drugs, including herbal supplements and vitamins that they may be currently taking. They should carry this list to the surgeon’s office for the consultation. The patient should also inform the surgeon about any specific lifestyle habits such as smoking. The surgeon can adjust the medication schedules and provide instructions to stop smoking for a specified time period for the patient’s safety.
Questions and Answers
At the time of initial consultation, the patient will have an opportunity to ask questions about neck lift surgery as well as the surgeon’s professional credentials. They should freely ask questions and make their decision only once they are fully satisfied. A responsible and dependable surgeon will endeavor to provide accurate and detailed answers to the patient’s complete satisfaction.
Building trust is vital. Patients will not be motivated to sign off on any surgery if there is not and rapport there with the surgeon and if trust is never established. This is no different than buying a car which is a heavy investment but since a patient could be putting their own life in the direct hands of a surgeon, this is perhaps even a little more serious than deciding which car to buy and from what dealership, for example.
Images and Testimonials
The patient may also request for neck lift before and after photos as well as testimonials of past patients. This will allow them to have more realistic expectations from neck lift, and understand the procedure from the perspective of other patients. Special and prolific plastic surgeons at VIPS receive patients from Richmond, Virginia, and nearby areas for neck lift.
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