The neck is an area that is very subject to signs of aging. Loose and sagging skin can create the dreaded “turkey neck” look, which we all hate to see when we look in the mirror. Sometimes, significant weight loss can also cause this same problem. Very often, people will get a neck lift as part of an overall facelift, but here at Facial Aesthetic Concepts, we can also do it as an individual procedure when that is the area that is of primary cosmetic concern.
Neck lift surgery is known as a lower rhytidectomy. This procedure is used to improve and correct problems that occur in the skin of the neck. Such problems include sagging or relaxed skin that creates the appearance of jowls, excess fat beneath the chin, loose skin on the neck due to weight loss, and “bands” on the neck that create displeasing contours.
As stated earlier, it’s very common to do a neck lift as part of a traditional facelift (also known as a rhytidectomy), but the truth is that a full facelift isn’t necessary for everyone. Particularly when the neck skin problems come from things like significant weight loss in people who are under 60, the problem is very specific to this area of the body. Our plastic surgery professionals understand that, which is why we perform neck lifts as independent procedures as well as complementary ones.
Neck lift surgeries can take anywhere from two to five hours. It all depends on the particular problems you are trying to address and correct. For those who are dealing with a great deal of excess skin, longer surgeries are generally required. But the procedure of the neck lift itself is similar no matter how much of a problem is being corrected. And since this is a surgical procedure, it should only be done by a qualified and trained plastic and cosmetic surgery professional, such as the ones in our offices.
Your neck lift begins with your surgeon making incisions to the neck. The exact place those incisions will be located depends on your individual issues as well as what is being corrected or improved. Once those incisions are made, the surgery begins. During lower rhytidectomy surgery, excess fat in the neck can be sculpted, redistributed or removed (often with the help of liposuction). Tissues underlying the skin of the neck can be repositioned as needed. Also, your platysma muscle, which stretches from your pectorals and deltoids and up along the sides of the neck, can be tightened. After those steps are done, the skin of your neck is redraped and smoothed over the new, more aesthetically pleasing contours, and any excess skin is removed. Finally, your surgeon will close the incisions with either sutures or skin adhesives, depending on what is best for you.
You will definitely need some time to recover after this type of surgery. The average length of time for recovery is two to four weeks, but if you have had a neck lift as part of a face lift or have had it with any other procedure, your recovery time may be longer. You will be advised to take time off work in order to facilitate healing to prevent any postoperative complications, and allow your body to recover under the most relaxed circumstances. Your surgeon will go over your postoperative and recovery plan in detail both before and after your procedure, and we are always available to answer your questions.
For more information about neck lifts and whether one can help address your concerns, call Facial Aesthetic Concepts today.