A neck lift is a surgical technique that improves apparent signs of aging in the jawline and neck, giving skin under the chin and neck area that has lost elasticity a smoother and more toned appearance.
– Excess fat and skin relaxation in the lower face that creates jowls
– Excess fatty deposits under the chin
– Loose neck skin
– Muscle banding in the neck, which created abnormal contours
Some people feel they are not ready for a full facelift because the upper face is still pleasing. However, many patients will note excess wrinkling of the neck skin, a double chin or “turkey wattle” and jowl lines.
When the neck area doesn’t match the upper facial appearance, a neck lift may be a good solution.
A brow lift, to repair a sagging or highly furrowed brow, fat transfer, to provide fullness to the lips and cheeks and decrease the appearance of wrinkles, or eyelid surgery, to revitalize aged eyes are all rejuvenation treatments that can be performed in conjunction with a neck lift.
It is critical to seek advice from a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic surgery.
During the person’s consultation for a possible neck lift, the surgeon will ask about:
– Medical history and physical health
– High blood pressure or other circulatory disorders
– Skin type, ethnic background, and age
The surgeon will use anesthetic to keep the patient comfortable during the surgery. For the surgery, a general anesthetic puts the patient in a deep sleep. Sedative drugs keep the patient awake but calm, and local anesthetic ensures that there is no pain.
During the operation, the surgeon makes many small incisions around and behind the ear, as well as a very small one beneath the chin. The surgeon seals the incisions and places a pressure dressing around the person’s head and behind the chin after tightening the muscles in the neck and removing excess skin and fat.
Afterward, the person may notice that the neck feels tight, but in most cases, pain is not a problem. There may be some bruising, which will go away in a few weeks. Any scars from the operation are covered behind the chin or around the ear’s contours. For the first several days, avoid carrying heavy objects (including children and pets).
Most people who have undergone a neck lift will notice that pain, swelling and bruising resolve within two weeks, and the new contours of the neck will start to be visible. It may take up to three months for the swelling to go down.