A neck lift creates a more defined jawline and a slimmer, smoother-looking neck. In some cases, a deep neck lift is performed. This surgical procedure lifts and smoothes sagging skin, removes excess fat, and tightens the platysma muscle, eliminating issues like a double chin, horizontal banding, wrinkling, and “turkey neck” to give your entire neck and jawline a more youthful appearance.
Sun protection and a healthy lifestyle should be practiced consistently to maintain these enhanced effects. As swelling and bruising decrease, the improvements in the neck lift will become more visible. The result will be a more youthful and refreshed look.
Is A Neck Lift Right For You?
Neck lifts are designed to reduce the visible signs of aging by removing extra fat and firming up the muscles and tissue in crucial areas of your neck. Regularly, the patients (both men and women) who come to the Larrabee Center for a neck lift are in the age range of the 50s to 60s and have visible jowls and drooping skin around the neck.
Additionally, you may wish to look into extra facial treatment options that address sagging skin and lax tissue in other parts of the face.
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How Does a Neck Lift Work?
Patients undergoing a neck lift will likely be given general anesthesia. The incisions will be placed mostly behind the ears and as necessary in front of the ears, making the scars unobtrusive. The tissue underlying the neck skin will be readjusted and excess skin is removed. An additional incision might be made under the chin for liposuction and repair of muscle. The deep neck structures can be addressed as needed and the platysma muscle tightened. The skin will then be restored and sutured, giving the patient a more youthful appearance.
Benefits Of Neck Lift
A neck lift is a surgical procedure that can help improve the appearance of the neck and in some cases, the lower face. This treatment can address an array of issues causing aesthetic concerns like excess skin, fat deposits, lax muscles, jowls, and a “turkey neck,” The surgery aims to sharpen the jawline giving the patient a more youthful profile.
Restore a Youthful Contour to Your NeckLine
Neck lift surgery sculpts your neck by removing excess fat that develops in the deep neck, and tightening the underlying neck muscles that have begun to lose resiliency. In this way, your neck’s contours are revitalized, giving you clean lines and a youthful-looking appearance.
The truth of the matter is that a neck lift only treats signs of aging around the neck and jaw. As such, performing it at the same time as a facelift or eyelid surgery can be key to sending you home with rejuvenated results that are more balanced than you’d get from a single procedure. During your private consultation, Dr. Larrabee will talk with you about supplementing your neck lift with facial procedures that can be performed simultaneously or, if desired, in separate sessions.
While the vast majority of neck lift patients don’t experience any significant discomfort after surgery, medication can be prescribed to help manage pain, if necessary. Within just a couple of days following surgery, you’ll be able to move around, but it will be of paramount importance that you limit yourself to light activity for the first couple of weeks.
How Does The Procedure Feel? When Will Results Show?
Right away, you will start to see the positive effects of the neck lift, and these results will become more and more apparent as time goes by. It may take up to six months or longer before the final results from the procedure are visible, such as the final look of the facial scars.
What Procedures Go Well With Neck Lift?
It’s not uncommon for patients to combine neck lift surgery with a facelift Other procedures that work well with neck lifts include a brow lift for smoothing out a wrinkled or creased forehead or a sagging or furrowed brow, and eyelid surgery to restore a youthful appearance to aging eyes.
What To Expect Before A Neck Lift Procedure
Before a neck lift procedure, you will have a medical evaluation based on your age and history. You will be instructed to avoid taking any anti-inflammatory drugs or supplements and aspirin since they can increase bleeding.
What To Expect During A Neck Lift Procedure
Most neck lifts are performed under general anesthesia. Incisions, designed for minimal visibility, are placed beneath the chin and potentially around and behind the ears. Excess fat and skin are removed and then the platysma muscle is tightened. The skin is recontoured and sutured to create a more youthful look.
What To Expect After A Neck Lift Procedure
After a neck lift operation, a bandage may be loosely placed around the head and neck to minimize swelling and bruising when the procedure is finished. A slender tube may be present to discharge any extra blood or liquid that could collect beneath the skin.
You will be given explicit instructions including how to look after the surgical area and tubes, medications to apply or orally take to assist in healing and decrease the possibility of infection, and specific concerns to look for at the surgical site. It is essential to keep your head in an elevated position above your heart to minimize swelling and to keep your head in an upright position.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I A Good Candidate For Neck Lift?
You are an ideal candidate for a neck lift if you are concerned about cosmetic issues like sagging skin on the jawline, loose skin around the neck area, and excess skin.
How Long Do Results Last?
Results typically last between 10 and 15 years if you stay healthy.
How Much Does Neck Lift Cost?
Costs vary depending on the extent of the procedure and whether or not you combine it with other procedures.
Is The Neck Lift Procedure Painful?
Generally, neck lift surgery does not cause excessive pain. Even when a local anesthetic is used, patients feel no discomfort due to the numbing effect. Following the procedure, many patients decide that they do not need prescribed painkillers and if they do, they only use them for two to three days.
What Are The Potential Risks And Side Effects Of Neck Lift?
Although rare, potential risks of neck lift surgery include anesthetic complications, infection, loss of sensation, lingering discomfort, poor wound healing, uneven skin pigmentation, and unsatisfactory scarring.
How Many Neck Lift Sessions Will I Need?
You will typically need one surgical procedure for a neck lift to produce the results your desire.
Is There Any Downtime After My Neck Lift Treatment?
The majority of patients require a week to recover from the procedure, but the duration of their recuperation will be contingent upon their profession and their body’s own healing capabilities.