Growing numbers of women and men are opting for neck lifts to address sagging and laxity in this highly visible area. A neck lift, or lower rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that improves visible signs of aging in the jawline and neck, such as:
- Excess fat and skin relaxation in the lower face that creates jowls
- Excess fatty deposits under the chin
- Loose neck skin
- Muscle banding in the neck, which created abnormal contours
The loss of youthful contours in the face and neck can be due to a variety of factors, including heredity, gravity, environmental conditions, and stress.
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 “turkey wattle” or double chin, and jowl lines.
When the neck area doesn’t match the upper facial appearance, a neck lift may be a good solution. Rejuvenation procedures that can be performed in conjunction with a neck lift are: a brow lift, to correct a sagging or deeply furrowed brow, fat transfer, to add fullness to the lips and cheeks and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, or eyelid surgery, to rejuvenate aging eyes.
A neck lift procedure may include:
- Removing excess skin
- Removing or altering neck muscles
- Liposuction to remove excess fat
- Botox injections to address problems with fullness or “bands”
Neck lifts are primarily done in our day surgery clinic with local anesthesia and sedation. Our Plastic Surgeon will make incisions under your chin or behind your ears depending on the degree of laxity. There is often some discomfort in the hours and days following the surgery, however, it is easily eased by the medications prescribed.
It is best to let our surgeon assess your skin condition around your neck and face so he could present similar cases of past patients for your reference.