Addressing weakened or loose neck muscles, this cosmetic procedure essentially tightens up the flesh under the jaw line. Age as well as weight loss can result in a sagging or fleshy neck. Outcomes are a completely natural look when wearing more revealing clothing. This simple procedure can drastically improve the overall look of the neck line as well as give the impression that the patient has lost weight. Typically, the procedure lasts between one and two hours.
For fat removal only, liposuction is used. Loose neck muscles can be corrected by making incisions under the chin and behind the ears; this allows the surgeon to access the neck muscle (platysma) and alter it accordingly. Like browplasty, some muscle may be removed to attain the desired look. The removal of excess skin may also be necessary to tighten up the neck line.
Depending on the complexity of the surgery and techniques used, recovery times can vary. With liposuction, compression bandages may be used in the days following the surgery. Within a few days, light activities can be resumed, but anything strenuous is not recommended for two weeks.
Neck Lift FAQs
Q: Where are the incisions made for a neck lift?
A: The exact location of the incisions will depend upon your particular case and the technique used. Incisions can be made under the chin and behind the ears.
Post Operative Expectations
Q: What can I expect from a Neck Lift?
A: Your expectations need to be realistic. Overall, patients are pleased with the outcome and find they gain a feeling of increased self-confidence especially when wearing clothes that reveal the neckline. The primary achievement will be having a completely natural look that gives the impressions you have lost weight and/or look younger.
Q: Who would best represent an Ideal Candidate for Neck Lift?
A: A neck lift can be performed on individuals above 18 years of age who feel the need to improve their necks. Typical patients range between the ages of 30 and 70. A neck lift can address various cosmetic issues, including:
- Turkey neck
- Excess fat and/or skin in the neck
Q: How Much Pain is Associated with Neck lift?
A: There will be some discomfort after undergoing neck lift surgery, which can be lessened with prescribed pain medication. Some degree of swelling and possibly bruising can be expected, but this is only temporary.
Neck Lift Recovery
Q: What is the recovery like after a neck lift?
A: It's best to keep the head elevated as much as possible at first to help control swelling. Numbness can also occur though this typically fades within a few weeks as well.
Q: Will the scars be visible?
A: All of the incisions are placed in strategic areas so that they are camouflaged and not noticeable.