Neck Lift Questions

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What Is a Neck Lift?

A neck lift is a surgical procedure for improving the appearance of the neck and sometimes the lower face. It addresses many of the same concerns as a facelift and is sometimes described as a form of mini facelift.

What Does a Neck Lift Correct?

A neck lift can target many symptoms of aging tissue in the neck or congenital conditions that result in cosmetic complaints, including:

  • Fat deposits
  • Excess skin
  • Lax muscles
  • Jowls
  • “Turkey neck”

The goal is to improve the definition of the jawline so you have a younger-looking profile.

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Am I a Good Candidate for a Neck Lift?

Any person who has cosmetic concerns that can be addressed by a neck lift is a candidate for a neck lift. The ideal neck lift candidate is a non-smoker who is at or near his or her ideal weight, in good general health, not taking medications that may increase the risk of complications, who has realistic expectations for the procedure.

Can a Neck Lift Help Me If I Have Poor Definition Of My Chin And Jawline?

Yes. Most of the time. Sometimes, though, your bones may be to blame. If you have a receding chin and weak jawbone, you may get best results from facial implants along the bone instead of or in addition to a neck lift.

Is A Neck Lift Necessary For Excess Fat Under The Chin?

If your only problem is fat under the chin, then a neck lift may not be the best treatment for you. If you have good skin tone, no jowls, and no banding of the neck, you may be able to get the results you desire with neck liposuction.

What is the Neck Lift Procedure?

During a neck lift, you will most often be placed under general anesthesia. Incisions will be made just in front of your ears, where the faint scars will be well-concealed. An additional incision may be made on the chin. Through these incisions, fat and skin will be removed and your platysma muscle will be tightened. Then the skin will be replaced and sutured to restore a tighter, more youthful profile.

Can a Neck Lift Be Combined With Other Procedures?

Yes. A neck lift can be combined with a number of other facial rejuvenation procedures, including eyelid surgery or brow lift.

How Long Will I Have To Take Off  Work To Recover From My Neck Lift?

Most patients take off one week of work, but in some cases, it may be necessary to take off more time depending on the nature of your work and your body’s healing rate.

When Can I Return To Normal Activities?

Although you can return to non-strenuous activities within about a week after your surgery. Strenuous activities such as aerobic exercise should be resumed gradually. You should be able to be back to your normal routine by about 3-4 weeks after surgery.

When Will I See Final Results From My Neck Lift?

Although you will see some results from your neck lift right away, these results will continue to improve over time. Some aspects of your neck lift, such as the final appearance of your facial scars, may take six months or more.

If you have more questions about the neck lift procedure, please contact our office today.

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