As a person ages, the neck can start to droop, sag and gain a wrinkled appearance. Once the neck starts to sag in appearance, it can make a person look older than their actual age. A neck lift is an ideal cosmetic surgery option to transform the appearance of the neck. Neck lifting surgery can be considered a loose neck skin treatment. It gives a person a look to the neck that is smoother in appearance and gives the shape of the neck and the jawline a contoured shape. Patients that are interested in discovering the best treatment for aging neck conditions can learn more about how a neck lift is performed by reading the informative article below or by viewing Cosmetic Town TV’s in-depth look at a neck lift:
The aging process impacts the neck of a person through a thinning and sagging of the skin. In addition, the neck can gain a good amount of fat under the skin and also suffer a loss of tissue support as a person gets older. The result can be a less than aesthetically appealing appearance to the neck and jawline.
A neck lift is often referred to as a cervicoplasty (performed to remove excess skin) or platysmaplasty (performed to tighten neck muscles that are loose). One, or both, of these neck lift techniques are performed to tighten neck muscles that are loose as well as remove skin that is excess and sagging. It is also a way for patients to undergo a neck wrinkle treatment that provides a younger and more defined look to the neck.
A neck lift begins with the surgeon making a small incision behind each ear of the patient. There could also be a small incision made underneath the chin if the patient wants neck liposuction to remove stubborn, excess fat located under the chin to get rid of the appearance of a “double chin”.
Once the incisions are made behind the ears, the surgeon will tighten the neck muscles. The underlying tissues can also be tightened to give the patient a smoother final appearance. The surgeon will also remove any excess skin that is drooping or sagging in order to provide a look that is smoother and firmer to the neck. The tightening process provides a more youthful and rejuvenated look to the neck and jawline.
The recovery time following a neck lift depends on the health and needs of the individual patient along with the amount of work performed during the procedure. Patients can typically resume their daily activities around two week after the surgery and this includes returning to work. The neck will experience some swelling and bruising and will also feel tight for a few weeks. These conditions will subside gradually and they are nothing patients need to worry about after the surgery.
Patients will enjoy a reduction or elimination of excess and sagging skin on the neck that can create the appearance of a “turkey neck”. There will also be a smoother look to the neck with less wrinkles and creases that are visible to others. Patients will also enjoy an improvement in the appearance of any vertical neck bands that have been visible on the neck.
The final results can last anywhere from 10-15 years. The length of the results depends on how well the patient follows any post-op instructions, proper skincare than avoids prolonged exposure to the sun and any large changes in weight gain or loss.
When it comes to enjoying neck rejuvenation, there are many options available to patients beyond the traditional neck lift described above:
Patients interested in undergoing a neck lift should schedule a consultation appointment with a board-certified doctor that is experienced in performing a neck lift. The surgeon will examine the current condition of the neck to determine the amount of changes that can be made along with the best technique to achieve the desired results.
The doctor will also answer any questions the patient has about the surgery and discuss the type of neck tightening results the person hopes to achieve. One of the most important parts of the consultation appointment is answering any questions the patient has in order to make sure the person knows what to expect during the procedure. It is also important to set realistic expectations so the patient will not be surprised or disappointed by the final results.