Everyone thinks of the face when it comes to aging, but what about the neck? The skin around the neck eventually becomes loose due to aging. Plus, excess fat that has accumulated around the area, paired with weakened muscles, can create unpleasant creases around the neck. A neck lift will address this condition and give you a younger-looking, more attractive neckline.
What is a neck lift?
A neck lift is a plastic surgical procedure for people whose skin has lost its natural elasticity, causing the neck area to sag. Excess fat may also contribute to a heavy, saggy neck. To address these conditions, our New Haven plastic surgery practice offers neck lift surgery to remove unwanted skin and fatty deposits from the neck area. This surgery can also restructure the neck’s underlying muscles.
What can a neck lift treat?
During your initial consultation with your surgeon, you will discuss your specific goals and expectations for the procedure. This will also be the time to be sure you’re a good candidate for a neck lift. Commonly, patients want the neck lift to address their turkey wattle neck and remove excess skin and fat from this area. Patients who seek to define the contours of their neck can also benefit from the procedure.
How do I prepare for a neck lift?
In preparation for your surgery, medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen must be stooped to minimize bruising and swelling. More importantly, neck lift patients must quit smoking at least two weeks before and after the surgery because smoking tends to interfere with healing..
What happens during a neck lift?
A traditional neck lift involves the creation of an incision that starts at the level of the sideburn at the hairline. The cut continues along the area around the ear, ending at the back of the hair. The neck skin is then lifted. Excess fat in the area may be repositioned or sculpted to achieve the desired effect. The neck muscle, also known as the platysma, is tightened while the underlying neck tissues are repositioned. Once the appropriate tissues and muscles have been repositioned, the skin is draped over the new neck contour and the incisions are closed with sutures.
What are the results of a neck lift?
Improvement in the neck and jaw contour are noticeable within days of the surgery. Visible bruising and swelling gradually disappear, and most patients are socially “presentable” after two weeks.