Aging or skin damage can result in excess skin and fat under the chin and neck. The more severe this becomes, the more we can begin to look aged. However, a neck lift can tighten up this area and provide a rejuvenated appearance with a single procedure.
What is a Neck Lift?
A neck lift removes any excess skin and fat that hangs under the chin in the neck area through a single surgery. When performed correctly, it creates a more defined and vibrant look. Various factors can make one’s neck look older, including: Smoking, Stress, Genetics, Natural aging.
As we age, our muscles weaken and skin loses its elasticity. Because of this, the skin cannot stay tight, firm, and wrinkle-free. A neck lift can help you look more youthful as it creates a more defined jawline by treating this sagging skin.
Natural aging is inevitable, but it doesn’t mean you have to let it affect your appearance. Thus a neck lift procedure 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 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”
What Happens During the Procedure?
First, we ensure that you are entirely comfortable through general anesthesia or sedation. Dr. Cole then proceeds to make the necessary incisions and remove excess skin. He also repositions muscles to a tighter, fresher position. When performed with a facelift, 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.
Combining a Neck Lift With Other Procedures
While a neck lift can directly impact the neck area, it will not address the jowl area as much as a facelift. Patients with multiple concerns in the lower face and neck area will typically see their best results in a full facelift. Combining these two procedures can address skin laxity and volume concerns in both the neck and jowl areas.
In addition to reducing skin laxity through a neck or facelift, patients can see dramatic results in volume when combined with neck liposuction. 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 the patient is comfortable, 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.
Many patients enjoy preserving their results after a neck lift with additional non-surgical treatments. Treatments such as skin-tightening, light, or laser treatments can help keep your skin looking young after surgery.
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What Is the Downtime for a Neck Surgery?
Depending on your specific procedure and natural healing capacity, your downtime will be different. If you have a traditional lift, you can expect roughly two weeks to rest and recuperate. Then, it will take around three weeks to get back to your regular daily routine. If you are getting only liposuction, you can get back to your daily routine within two to three days.
Dr. Cole and his staff will provide you with the information specialized for your healing process. If you have any questions before or after your procedure, let us know and we will gladly answer them.
How Long Will It Last?
Results can vary depending on your individual situation and age. For most people, the procedure can take years off of your appearance. However, it does not stop the aging process. Continuing to take good care of your skin after surgery helps ensure longer-lasting results and a younger look overall.
In general, we recommend the following:
- Cleansing and moisturizing
- Using SPF
- Avoiding direct sunlight
- Not smoking
- Keeping stress levels down
These factors will all be important moving forward. Maintaining your weight is also a critical post-surgery step. Weight gain can stretch your skin and impact your results.
Am I a Candidate for a Neck Lift?
If you have loose skin or stubborn fat around your neck, you could benefit from our neck lift procedure. You can begin by scheduling an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Cole. At the consultation, we can learn about your situation and see if you are a good candidate for a neck lift.
During this time, it is essential to communicate your expectations. Dr. Cole will be able to give you his expert opinion and manage your expectations. At the consultation, you will:
- Have a physical examination
- Discuss your medical history
- Go over any prior surgeries that you have had
- Let us know of any medications you are currently taking
Before surgery, you’ll need to follow the medication instructions given to you by Dr. Cole and his team. You may need to reduce or stop taking certain medications. You will be given specialized instructions to follow in preparation for the procedure.
Schedule Your Consultation
Dr. Cole is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon who can provide you the best neck lift in Seattle. He works as an expert in today’s most advanced and state-of-the-art techniques in enhancement and rejuvenation. Contact Dr. Cole at Cole Aesthetic Center for a consultation today and get started on rejuvenating your appearance!
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.