What is a
Neck Lift Surgery
Turkey neck or double chin can be from weight gain or loss, heredity problem, or the effects of gravity and aging taking its toll on the lower portion of the face. A number of different procedures can be used for a neck lift. The skin can be tightened via incisions made in front and behind the ear and into the hairline. Sometimes an incision is also made under the chin. If the problem with the neck is due to fat, not excess skin, sometimes liposuction alone can be used to give a more pleasing profile. However, the muscle under the neck is usually also tightened.
The results can look quite natural afterward. The neck lift can give a more youthful definition to the jawline, and remove jowls and fleshy excess skin. The best results are obtained on individuals that had a pre-existing good bone structure, together with skin that still retains a degree of elasticity.
Many of our neck lift patients combine this procedure with a facelift, eyelid lift, or both. In addition, patients with excessive signs of aging in the upper face might consider a forehead lift/brow lift at the same or later time.
Neck Lift Candidates
In general, good candidates for a neck lift include:
- Healthy individuals who do not have medical conditions that impair healing
- Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic expectations
Some people feel they are not ready for a full facelift because the upper face is still pleasing. However, many patients will note excess wrinkling of the neck skin, a double chin or “turkey neck” and jowl lines. In that case, a neck lift is a good solution.
Neck Lift Procedure
Neck lifts are generally performed under local or general anesthesia. A traditional neck lift incision often begins in the hairline at the level of the sideburn, continues down and around the ear, and ends in the posterior hair. Fat may be sculpted or redistributed from the jowls and neck. The tissue underlying the neck skin is repositioned, and commonly the platysma muscle is tightened. Skin is redraped over the uplifted contours and excess skin is trimmed away. A separate incision under the chin is often necessary for liposuction of this area and for the repair of the muscle. Sutures or skin adhesives close the incisions.
A limited incision neck lift may involve incisions only around the ear. While the incisions are shorter, the results may be more limited.
Neck Lift Recovery
When you awaken from surgery, you will probably be wearing a pressure bandage that will be wrapped around your head and underneath your chin. You will be bruised, swollen, and sore with a slight degree of numbness, however, this will resolve quickly. You will get an indication of your likely final appearance after about a week to ten days, although the scars, which are usually hidden either under the chin or in the hairline will take a while to fade.
We recommend keeping the head elevated above heart level and not twisting your head or neck too much. Scars will fade over time, and this should not be seen by the placement, which is out of sight. There should be no makeup worn, and a good sunblock used when outdoors.
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Commonly Asked Questions
Will I have scars after a Neck Lift?
With any surgery scars may appear but become unnoticeable over time. The natural contures of your skin and hair with hide most visiblel scars. Makeup can be used until scars are healed.
How long does a Neck Lift last?
A neck lift typically last 10 to 15 years. Proceedure results may vary based on an individual’s skin condition, skin care and health. The face continues to age even after surgery, results can vary based on the individual’s natural aging process.
How much does a Neck Lift cost?
Neck lift surgery costs may vary due to several factors including, age, type of lift and anesthesia expenses. After a comprehensive consultation you will be provided an estimate of costs.