Eliminate Neck Wrinkles & Sagginess With A Neck Lift
Learn More About Neck Lift Surgery
A neck lift uses discreet and very small incisions behind the ears and under the chin to remove access fat, eliminate wrinkles and sagging skin and create a more attractive look to the neck and face. If you want to enhance the overall appearance of your face by targeting these problem areas, a neck lift might be the correct procedure for you.
Although a neck lift is a fairly new cosmetic surgical technique, recent advances and technologies have enabled surgeons to perform the surgery in a comfortable manner. Because of aging, excessive weight gain or loss or the natural shape of the face, some people may experience an unattractive neckline that includes wrinkles, sagging skin or a double chin. A neck lift is able to erase these problems. Imagine being able to walk around with full confidence in your appearance at work or in a social setting. Problems with loose skin can impact a person’s life and make them less comfortable as they go about their day. Now, by undergoing treatment for the neck lift, a patient can remove any loose skin around the neck that might have resulted from weight loss in a short space of time. When combined with a face lift, a neck lift can remove years from a patient’s appearance and help them to restore their self-confidence.
The ideal candidate for the neck lift procedure is a patient in optimal health who has identified problem areas in the neck and face area and wants to remove loose skin on the neck and jaw.
The neck lift procedure is designed to correct a number of common cosmetic issues, including double chins and loose skin on the neck. Those with jowls may also benefit from a neck lift. Individuals considering a neck lift to improve problem areas in the neck and face may identify the following challenges:
- Inability of dieting and exercise to improve the neck or face area.
- People who are inflicted with a double chin or submental fullness.
- Excessive accumulation of sagging or hanging skin following weight loss.
- Loss of skin elasticity or diastases in the neck and face.
- Unsightly skin and fat deposits around the neck.
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Fix Problem Areas
A neck lift is designed for individuals who have identified problem areas in the neck including excess or sagging skin, a double chin or muscle laxity. Like a surgical procedures, a neck lift is not for everyone. Common candidates include:
- Patients with targeted problem areas in the neck due to aging.
- Patients with targeted problem areas in the neck due to weight gain and loss.
- Patients who have sagging or excess fat in the neck due to genetic dispositions.
- Patients who do not smoke.
- Patients without co-morbidities that may impede healing post-surgery.
Neck lifts are surgical procedures that are performed under general anesthetic. Dr. Craft and your enhancement team will identify problem areas and create an enhancement plan for you. Once the enhancement plan has been created Dr. Craft and the enhancement team will explain the procedure to you and identify the areas of treatment.
A neck lift does involve incisions; however, Dr. Craft has the skill and expertise to make these incisions as small and inconspicuous as possible. The incisions Dr. Craft may use include:
- Incisions between the two ears that travels along the back of the head.
- An incision along the front of the ear.
- Incisions along the front of the ear and up to the top of the ear.
- Incisions in the chin.
Dr. Craft and the enhancement team will work with you to identify the incisions placements. The incisions are small enough to blend into the natural curves of the head and neck and do not impact the overall appearance after the surgery.
During the procedure, Dr. Craft will make very small incisions in the identified areas. He will then remove the excess fat using liposuction. There are three common liposuction methods used during liposuction procedures. Prior to surgery, your plastic surgeon will choose the liposuction method that is most appropriate for your surgery. All three methods involve detaching and isolating fat for removal. Once the fat is dislodged, the surgeon makes very small incisions in the skin and inserts very small tubes called cannulas into the incisions. The surgeon then removes the fat through the cannulas. After eliminating the excess fat, Dr. Craft may elevate the jaw line or other areas of the neck to create a natural look. The incisions are closed by applying an advanced dressing to the area in order to prevent bleeding, reduce swelling, and support the affected area.
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rest & Recovery
Recovery from a Neck Lift
The length of the recovery will depend on how extensive of a procedure the patient undergoes. Generally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and reduce the recovery time.
A support garment may need to be worn for three to six weeks after the surgery. These garments can help prevent bruising and swelling. Patients sometimes report pain after the procedure. Commonly, the most pain is felt the first 48 hours following the procedure and slight pain may be reported for several months following the procedure. The pain can be treated effectively with oral medication. While complications are rare, patients can minimize the risk for potential problems by carefully following the directions given after surgery.
Although some results are apparent immediately following a neck lift, for the first few weeks post-surgery, most patients report swelling and puffiness. These symptoms are gradually reduced and resolve within four to six weeks following the surgery.
The stitches will be removed shortly after the surgery depending on the procedure(s) involved. You enhancement team will give you instructions for follow-up appointments as necessary. Although there will be scar, your surgeon may recommend scar diminishing cream. With time the scar will become less prominent. Normal activities can usually be resumed within two to three weeks.