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. The platysma is a superficial layer of muscle and goes from your collarbone to your jawline on both sides of your neck. As part of a neck lift, Dr. Brackup typically performs platysmaplasty to address these muscles, specifically tightening and resuspending the muscle to repair the contour irregularities know as muscle bands.
Dr. Alan Brackup of Cosmetic Surgery Specialists in Langhorne, Bucks County, PA is a double board-certified oculofacial plastic surgeon 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 is often combined with liposuction, to help remove excess fat at the top center of the neck, also called the submental area. This improves the appearance of a double chin while strengthening the chin and jawline.
Neck Lift Reviews
"Simply the Best - From my first visit to Dr. Brackup's office until my stitches were removed, my experience could have not been any better. I am so happy with my lower face lift and neck lift. Truly the best care...."- F. / RealSelf / May 17, 2019
"Looking Like Myself Again ☺️ - Langhorne, PA - After care taking others for most of my adult life I decided it was time for me to do something for myself. The appearance of my neck had been bothering me for several years and I found myself shunning pretty earrings, necklaces, etc. because I felt it drew attention to that area. At least for me, all I saw was sagging skin and jowels. I stopped wearing turtle necks for the same reason! My husband was very supportive of my decision but we both realized I was doing this for me. I asked my primary care doctor who he recommended and he told me to go to the best in the area, Dr. Alan Brackup. The day following my 66th birthday I had the neck lift performed and feel like my old self again when I look into a mirror. I'm even wearing turtle necks again three months post op!"- P. / RealSelf / Sep 25, 2016
"Don't Go Anywhere Else! Dr. Brackup is Amazing! - Langhorne, PA - I am a public speaker who at age 61 works with college students across the country. My neck and chin were starting to show my age and I want to prolong my career well into my 70's. Friends recommended a cosmetic surgery specialist on 5th Ave. in NY, but year after year my dermatologist kept telling me that Dr. Alan Brackup was the best in Bucks County. Reading his online reviews convinced me to schedule a consultation for a neck lift. The first thing I said to him is that I do not want to look like I had plastic surgery. We all know that look! He assured me that I would not. I was impressed with how natural his patients looked. Dr. Brackup also explained that the younger you are when you have the procedure, you heal faster, get better results, and they last much longer. I liked his warm, friendly demeanor, his enthusiasm for his craft, and the fact that he was willing to spend a lot of time with me. His staff is just as friendly, welcoming, and helpful. The surgery was so much easier than I imagined! I only took one prescription pain med when I got home and took Tylenol at bedtime and twice the next day, and that was it! Recovery was easy. Two weeks later I was flying again to go to work!I could not be more pleased with the results!!! I have my old chin and jawline back and my neck is smooth again. It looks so natural! The most remarkable thing is that people don't notice it until I show them the before and after photos and then they are blown away by the results. That's exactly what I wanted! The after photo shown here is only 5 weeks post op. There is still swelling which can take some time to come down, but I feel comfortable being on stage already. I have many friends who now want to seek Dr. Brackup's care and expertise. I highly recommend Dr. Brackup! I am confident that you will be as pleased as I am!"- E. / RealSelf / Sep 25, 2017
"I could not be happier with my results! I hated looking in the mirror and seeing my sagging jowls. I met with Dr Brackup and we decided to do a lower facelift and neck lift. Im not even 8 weeks out and I am so pleased with the results! The sagging is gone! Im really happy Dr Brackup suggested doing my neck as well. While it wasnt my main focus it needed to be done and it just made the results that much better! The first week of recovery is a bit tough, but not bad at all and well worth it once you get through it. I still have numbness by my ears and along my jaw line but it has gotten considerably better and I know that in the months to come it will continue to subside. Dr Brackup and his Staff are the best. The staff is there for you, do their best to make sure all your needs are met and questions answered. Dr Brackup is THE BEST at what he does! I only wish I had gotten my eyelids done at the same time. Im now looking to schedule that procedure for later this year!"- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Feb 22, 2022
"Lower face lift and neck lift - I hated looking in the mirror and seeing my sagging jowls - I could not be happier with my results! I hated looking in the mirror and seeing my sagging jowls. I met with Dr Brackup and we decided to do a lower facelift and neck lift. Im not even 8 weeks out and I am so pleased with the results! The sagging is gone! Im really happy Dr Brackup suggested doing my neck as well. While it wasnt my main focus it needed to be done and it just made the results that much better! The first week of recovery is a bit tough, but not bad at all and well worth it once you get through it. I still have numbness by my ears and along my jaw line but it has gotten considerably better and I know that in the months to come it will continue to subside. Dr Brackup and his Staff are the best. The staff is there for you, do their best to make sure all your needs are met and questions answered. Dr Brackup is THE BEST at what he does! I only wish I had gotten my eyelids done at the same time. Im now looking to schedule that procedure for later this year!"- 4. / RealSelf / Feb 22, 2022
A neck lift removes hanging skin and reshapes the neck. During the procedure, an incision is placed under the chin and/or behind or along the inner edge 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.
This procedure is performed under monitored sedation as an outpatient surgery at our accredited surgery center. General anesthesia is not necessary. 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 within weeks following the procedure. We will provide you with a regimen of vitamins and supplements to take pre and post operatively to reduce the incidence of bruising and swelling. 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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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. In our experience, the use of nonsurgical energy-based devices to tighten neck skin very limited results, and is truly only applicable to the youngest patients desiring neck enhancement. Surgery remains the only option to achieve a significant improvement for most patients..
There is minimal scarring with this procedure. Since the incision is placed under the chin and near the ears, the scarring is usually hidden. Dr. Brackup 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 40 – 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. As the neck lift is an integral part of our facelift procedure, patients who also desire improvement in the cheek, jowl and jawline often opt for this combined approach.