Numerous procedures exist to improve signs of facial aging, but it is important as you seek facial rejuvenation not to neglect your neck, as wrinkles and a turkey waddle will probably detract from the more youthful appearance of your face.
A neck lift is an effective means of rejuvenating the neck area in both men and women. In some cases, the procedure is performed in conjunction with a facelift.
Is a neck lift right for you?
If you’re experiencing any of the following problems, you may be a neck lift candidate:
- Sagging skin under your chin and in your neck area
- Neck wrinkles (platysmal bands, or neck bands)
- Crepey skin on your neck
- Poor chin or jawline contours
Additionally, if you’re undergoing a facelift, neck liposuction or facial implants, a neck lift may also be recommended, depending on your facial proportions and the amount of skin laxity remaining in your neck area after your other surgical procedure is complete.
Before recommending a neck lift, Dr. Weston will evaluate your health and thoroughly review your medical history. As with any other surgical procedure, smokers will be required to quit smoking at least a month prior to surgery, and detailed pre-operative instructions must be followed to ensure the best outcome.
What to expect during neck lift surgery
After you are placed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation, a small incision will be made under your chin and possibly on either side of your ears.
Excess skin and fat is removed and the neck muscles are tightened, and the incisions are closed with sutures and staples. If a drain is placed to collect fluids during your immediate neck lift recovery, it will likely only be in place for one to two days post-operatively.
Neck lift recovery
Due to the effects of anesthesia, you will need a ride home after neck lift surgery. Keeping your head elevated for about two weeks and wearing a compression garment for about a week after your neck lift should help to reduce post-op swelling.
Non-dissolvable sutures and staples are usually removed within seven to 10 days after surgery, and most bruising and swelling should be mostly resolved within two weeks. Social downtime is minimal, and you can return to work within one to two weeks. Final results may not be visible for a few months.