The neck is usually an area that may show the first signs of aging. Often a patient may consider a lower facelift or neck lift to address the “turkey neck”, sagging skin, banding, jowling, or fullness under the chin. Liposuction alone may help if there is a significant amount of fat present and the skin does not need tightening.
How is the procedure performed?
The neck lift usually begins with liposuction to the neck region to enhance the outcome. Then through small well hidden incisions behind the ear, the surgeon lifts and tightens the neck muscle. The skin is tightened to rejuvenate the neck contour. Often times a patient will choose to have a chin implant to enhance their profile.
What about recovery?
Following a neck lift, you will experience some bruising and swelling for several days. Mild discomfort is usually easily controlled with medication. Keeping your head elevated and applying cold compresses for a day or two will keep swelling to a minimum. The scar is well hidden in behind the ear in the natural skin fold and is relatively inconspicuous. Most people can return to work after a week.
Is it safe?
A neck lift has proven to be a relatively safe, and predictable cosmetic procedure. Our surgeons take the time during consultation to provide you with all the necessary information to make an informed decision. Additionally you are required to meet with our nurse and anesthesia provider for a pre-operative meeting to review your health history and any other pertinent history needed to provide you with a safe and successful outcome.
How can liposculpture help?
Many people with a receding chin also have an accumulation of fat below it resulting in a”double chin” appearance. At the time of a neck lift, liposculpture can be performed to remove excess fat from under the chin and from the neck to better define the jaw line and give a more balanced profile. Liposculpture can often be performed through the same incision and only adds a few minutes to the length of the procedure, making it an ideal companion to a neck lift.