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The neck is often one of the first areas of the body to show visible signs of aging. Gravity, genetics, weight loss, environmental factors, and lifestyle habits can all contribute to aging of the neck – which usually appears as loose or sagging skin and sometimes excess fat. Neck lifts are cosmetic procedures used to improve the appearance of the neck, eliminating sagging jowls, excess skin and fat. The results are usually long-lasting and can take several years off a patient’s appearance.
During the surgery, a small incision is made inconspicuously beneath the neck or along the lower crease of the ear. Through that incision, the neck muscles can be pulled tighter and excess fat removed. The skin is then trimmed to fit the new contour of the neck before being sutured shut and bandaged to minimize post-procedural swelling.
The recovery period usually takes several weeks, though most patients can return to work within 10 to 14 days.
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Frequently Asked Questions
A neck lift is an effective and increasingly common method of refreshing and rejuvenating the neck area. The procedure, also known as “platysmaplasty,” tightens and smooths the skin in the neck, which tends to loosen and sag with age.
The goal of a neck lift is to tighten the muscles in the neck and smooth the skin. The neck lift involves two parts: one to remove excess skin and the other to remove or augment neck muscles. If necessary, liposuction will be used to remove excess fat from the area.
Some patients choose to undergo a face lift at the same time as a neck lift in order to optimize results and eliminate the need for an additional surgery. Your surgeon will help you determine which choice is right for you during your consultation.
Following a neck lift, patients are advised to keep their head still and avoid turning or twisting for the first few days. Applying cold compresses and keeping the head elevated for the first 48 hours can help minimize swelling, though swelling and bruising may last up to ten days. The sutures are usually removed in one week, and most people can return to work and resume normal daily activities within two weeks. Strenuous activities such as exercise should be avoided for four to six weeks.
Following a neck lift, patients may experience dry skin, tightness, and a burning or tingling sensation. There is also a risk of facial nerve damage.
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