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A neck lift procedure eliminates excess skin and improves the contour of the neck.
Saggy neck? Feel like you have a turkey wattle? Just want a younger looking neck or better-defined jawline?
A neck lift could be just what you need!
Neck lift surgery corrects loose skin and vertical bands on the neck as well as sagging jowls along the jawline. This procedure can remove excess fat, tighten the underlying neck muscle, and eliminate excess skin to improve the contour of the neck and jawline and create a more youthful profile.
How do I know when I’m ready for a neck lift?
If you would like to experience the benefits of a neck lift, now might be the right time if you:
- Are unhappy with your jowls or the appearance of a “turkey neck”
- Have been unable to obtain satisfying results from nonsurgical treatments
- Are in good overall health
Types of Neck Lifts
Full Neck Lift
During a full neck lift procedure, incisions are made under the chin and behind the ears. The platysma muscle is tightened (platysmaplasty), excess fat is removed, and the tissues are repositioned before excess skin is carefully trimmed away. The new contouring is secured with sutures, and the incisions are closed.
- An undefined jawline (jowls)
- Neck bands
- Sagging and wrinkled skin
- Displaced fat
A full neck lift is often combined with a lift of the midface, especially if a patient has significant jowling.
Liposuction Neck Lift
Patients with good skin quality and whose main signs of aging in the neck are due to excess or displaced fat can benefit from liposuction alone. Small, inconspicuously placed incisions are used to suction out fat through a cannula (thin, hollow tube).
- Fat along the jawline
- Displaced fat that hangs in the neck
- A double chin
The Benefits of a Neck Lift
Removes Excess Fat Deposits
Removing fat in select portions of the neck can create more aesthetic neck contours and redefine the neck chin junction. In some patients with good skin tone liposuction alone may be sufficient to improve the appearance of the neck. In others with deeper fat or excess skin, more extensive surgery is needed to improve the neck.
Eliminates a “Turkey Neck”
Loose, sagging skin is tightened to eliminate a “turkey neck” and reveal smooth, wrinkle-free neck contours.
Defines Your Jawline
Age-related changes in the transition from the face to the neck can add years to your appearance.
A sagging jawline or a jaw that blends in with the neck can be corrected to provide a chiseled jawline that distinctly separates your lower face from your neck.
Corrects Muscle Banding in the Neck
Vertical bands on the neck caused by a stretched platysma muscle are corrected as the muscle is tightened, and natural, youthful results are achieved.
Neck Lift FAQs
What should I avoid prior to neck lift surgery?
Patients undergoing neck lift surgery should stop smoking six weeks prior to surgery, and avoid taking anti-inflammatory medication (e.g., aspirin, ibuprofen, etc.) and herbal medications that can cause increased bleeding for two weeks prior to surgery.
How will I feel after neck lift surgery?
After surgery, the neck will be bruised and feel tight. The bruising should resolve over a period of four to five days, but neck tightness may last several months.
How long will my result last?
Neck lift surgery is a long-lasting solution as long as the patient maintains a healthy lifestyle. The area will continue to age naturally over time.
What other procedures can I combine with my neck lift?
Many people combine facelift and brow lift surgery with their neck lift to achieve complete facial rejuvenation.
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