The neck is one of the first areas of the body to show signs of aging. People over a certain age tend to develop jowls and sagging neck skin that can lead to a negative self-image. Often, patients complain that their necks are too fat, they have lost their jawline, or that they have too many wrinkles. These complaints are common, and a simple neck lift is the key to restoring the youthfulness and tightness of your neck.
Who Should Undergo This Procedure?
People who feel that their necks have too many wrinkles or that their neck and face are not adequately defined can try this procedure. Those with vertical lines and sagging can also come in for this procedure. Many patients get the surgery earlier on to make sure that their necks and jawlines are clearly defined and look sleek. Patients are advised to consult a good plastic surgeon to get accurate information and build realistic expectations. A good doctor can put patients at ease by explaining the procedure in an easy-to-understand and comforting manner.
How Is a Neck Lift Conducted?
A neck lift is performed after the patient has been made temporarily unconscious using general anesthesia. An incision is made under the chin, and others are created around the borders of the ears. Through the incisions, the doctor will remove excess fat, trim away excess skin, tighten muscles in the neck, and tighten the skin. The incisions are then closed using different types of sutures or skin adhesives.
Healing and Recovery
To minimize swelling and bruising, the neck and face are covered in bandages. For a few days, the draining tube will be left intact to help drain fluid. Medications and activity instructions will be provided by the doctor and need to be followed without exception. These instructions help reduce the chances of infection and side effects.
Your neck and head have to be held straight during recovery without bending or twisting. This is done to keep blood flow smooth and to minimize swelling. There may be some discomfort in the first few days after surgery, and pain medication will be provided accordingly. Patients must not use ice packs near the surgical area, as it impacts blood flow.
Incision lines take a number of months to heal and fade. Swelling and bruising from the surgery reduces within weeks of the procedure. Initial results are seen right after the surgery, as the neck will appear smoother without any wrinkles or sagging. The full results are evident in one to two months and can make patients look youthful and healthy, helping them feel more confident. Protection from the sun and a healthy lifestyle will have a positive impact and will help the patient maintain the results for a long period of time.
Schedule Your Appointment
Well-respected board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Della Bennett has helped numerous patients to achieve their aesthetic goals through surgical rejuvenation and enhancement. To schedule a neck lift consultation with Dr. Bennett, contact our office today.