Neck Lift Overview
While you may be diligent about putting sunscreen and anti-aging products on your face, you may neglect the equally delicate skin of your neck. Many people find that their neck starts to show their age with loose skin and excess fat before their face does. Frequently known as and resembling a turkey neck, the lines, wrinkles, pockets of fat, and sagging skin that develop on the neck can be corrected with a surgical neck lift. Also known as platysmaplasty, a neck lift removes excess skin and fat while smoothing the muscles and remaining skin for a more youthful neck profile. Dr. Alan Brackup of Cosmetic Surgery Specialists in Langhorne, Bucks County, PA is double board-certified in cosmetic surgery and ophthalmology and offers impressive results with his surgical neck lift for patients who want their neck to look as young and smooth as their face. A neck lift can also remove the excess fat and skin at the top center of the neck, also called the submental area, to eliminate the appearance of a double chin while strengthening the chin and jawline.
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Neck Lift Surgical Technique
A neck lift removes hanging skin and reshapes the neck. During the procedure, an incision is placed under the chin and/or behind or in front of the ears. If fat deposits are present and need to be removed, liposuction will be used during the surgery and performed first. The final steps of treatment will be to trim away excess skin, pull the remaining underlying tissue and muscle tight, and suture the incision.
Neck Lift During/After Surgery
This procedure is performed under sedation as an outpatient surgery at an accredited surgical clinic. The duration of the surgery usually takes around 2 hours, although it may vary depending on the case. Bruising and swelling will be visible after the surgery, but this will subside in the few short days following the procedure. Initially, patients will feel tightness and numbness. Once the neck adjusts to its new position, patients will notice a more relaxed feeling and a beautiful surgical result. It can take up to 6 months for the final results to appear.
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Neck Lift FAQs
Alternative to Lift?
Surgery is the only way to remove loose skin, especially if it is loose enough to hang and droop. Therefore, a neck lift is the only solution when it comes to redefining an individual’s neck to create a strong contour. While there are some very good skin tightening laser treatments on the market today, surgery is still the best option.
There is minimal scarring with this procedure. Since the incision is placed under the chin and near the ears, the scarring is usually hidden. A skilled facial surgeon will take great effort to minimize scarring as much as possible.
This depends on the situation and the amount of loose and sagging skin that is present. Some weight loss patients are young and may require a neck lift at a young age (for example, those between 20 – 30). For older patients who are combating loose skin due to aging, the most common age is between 50 – 70.
During the initial consultation, it may be brought up that in addition to a neck lift, the patient may also benefit from another procedure, such as a facelift or a chin implant. It is common for these additional procedures to be combined to achieve the patient’s desired contours and aesthetic goals.