As we grow older, the neck is one of the first places where we tend to show our age. Many people feel they develop fatty jowls as they age. This is sometimes referred to as a “turkey wattle” and is caused by creasing under the neck. This can make us look older than we feel. With a neck lift, the appearance of the neck is enhanced, because the skin and neck muscles are tightened. This works to improve the contour of the jaw line as well as the appearance of the neck itself.
Often, a neck lift is performed in conjunction with liposuction or a facelift, but it can be performed on its own as well.
Neck Lift Consultation
During a neck lift consultation, Dr. G will discuss the goals of the surgery as well as rejuvenation options. He will also ask about any medical conditions or drug allergies you have, current medications you are on, and any past medical treatments you have undergone.
Dr. G will also evaluate your general health status and make sure you are healthy enough for the procedure. The surgeon will examine and measure your face and take “before” photos and then discuss his recommended course of treatment.
During the consultation, he will discuss the likely outcomes, the anesthesia that will be used during surgery and any risks or possible complications. During the consultation, be sure to ask any questions you may have.
Neck Lift Surgery
The procedure generally takes two to three hours. During surgery, small incisions are made behind the ears and under the chin. Through those incisions, excess fat will be removed, usually through liposuction, but it can be done through surgical excision as well.
The neck muscles are then tightened, and sometimes a small section of the platysma muscle is removed. After this has been completed, the skin is replaced and is pulled taut. The incisions are then sutured closed. Any excess skin will be removed.
Recovery After Neck Lift Surgery
Dr. G will provide you with detailed information for your post-surgical care, and he will tell you when a follow-up appointment should be scheduled.
Right after the procedure, your neck will be bruised and it will feel tight and numb. The bruising will go away in four or five days, but the tight and numb feeling may remain for several months. After surgery, you will need to keep your head elevated above your heart in order to minimize swelling. Make sure not to twist or bend the neck excessively, and do not apply ice to the bruising, as this can compromise blood flow. The amount of time needed for recovery varies from person to person.
Potential Neck Lift Complications
Possible, but unlikely, complications and risks associated with neck lifts include bleeding, temporary hair loss along the incisions, facial asymmetry, a rare nerve injury that could cause weakness in your lower lip, hematoma, scarring, or infection. There is a low risk of deep venous thrombosis.
Contact Dr. G in Miami
If you are interested in a neck lift, please contact Dr. G today to schedule a consultation. Dr. Gershenbaum is an award-winning plastic surgeon in Miami, who was chosen by Miami New Times as the “Best Plastic Surgeon Miami” in 201