What is a Neck Lift?
A neck lift is a surgical procedure that removes the excess skin and fat that hangs under the chin in the neck area. It creates a more defined and vibrant look. Various factors can make one’s neck look older, including smoking, stress, genetics, and natural aging. Aging causes the muscles to weaken and skin to lose its elasticity. Because of this, the skin is unable to stay tight, firm, and wrinkle-free. A neck lift can help you look more youthful as it creates a more defined jawline free from sagging skin.Natural aging is inevitable, but it doesn’t mean you have to let it show. A lift is a great option for patients who want to freshen up their look. For those who experience any of the following, you may be the right candidate for surgery. A neck lift procedure can target several aesthetic and functional concerns, including:
- Loose or excess skin in the neck area
- Excess laxity in the platysma band neck muscles
- Wobbly or droopy skin often referred to as a “turkey neck”
Combining a Neck Lift With Other Procedures
While a neck lift is done to directly impact the neck area, it will not address the jowl area as much as a face lift. Patients with multiple concerns in the lower face and neck area will typically see their best results in a full-face lift, which helps address skin laxity and volume concerns in both the neck and jowl areas.
In addition to reducing skin laxity through a neck or face lift, patients can see dramatic results in volume when combined with liposuction in the neck. During the procedure, the patient is injected with a local anesthetic that temporarily reduces the size of the blood veins which helps reduce bruising in the treatment area. Once numb, a small tube is then inserted into tiny incisions on both sides of the neck, allowing for the fat to be removed. After the incisions are closed, you’ll notice a smoother and more contoured appearance.
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What Happens During the Procedure?
Predominantly performed in conjunction with a face lift, in this procedure, Dr. Cole separates the skin of the neck from the underlying tissue so the platysma muscle is exposed. He then pulls back the edges of the muscle upward and secures them to the bone, just behind the ear with a short incision along the front of the ear.
What Is the Downtime for a Neck Surgery?
How Long Will It Last?
Direct Excision with Z-Plasty or W-Plasty
This type of lift procedure is most often performed on men, but it can be done on some women if they are a good candidate for it. This procedure removes the sagging skin, muscle, and fat from the front of the neck. The incision is closed into a “Z” or “W” shape. This type of incision usually heals well and is hidden in the natural creases of your neck.