What is a Neck Lift?
A Neck Lift is a relatively simple aesthetic procedure that can smooth your skin, tighten tissues and muscle, and when necessary remove excess skin and fat of the neck. This can help you look and feel younger. It’s an effective way to get rid of excess fat and skin around the chin, jaw line and neck with minimal risk, and it is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed. It may be done as a standalone procedure or in conjunction with a facelift. There are various surgical and non surgical techniques to perform a neck lift. These include limited facelift techniques, submentoplasty, liposuction, Kybella, etc. Dr. Gardner can explain the details of these various options.
Who Is a Good Candidate for a Neck Lift?
There are basically two types of candidates for a neck lift. The first is young or middle aged patients who desire correction of congenital or acquired deposits of adipose (fat) tissue under the chin and jaw lines. The second category is patients who develop excess laxity of skin, fat, or muscles in the anterior neck. As we age, our skin loses elasticity and tends to sag. The aging process particularly affects the neck tissues and jowls especially after the age of 50. Candidates for the least invasive options for neck lifting will have excess adipose tissue with good skin elasticity. Those with more extensive amounts of excess skin with poor elasticity may require neck lifting procedures more in line with a traditional facelift.
What to do before your procedure:
In your initial consultation with your surgeon, you will discuss your medical history and receive a physical exam. You should be healthy and have realistic goals for your procedure. Your surgeon will make recommendations based on your expectations and overall health. In some cases, a more minor procedure may be enough to satisfy your goals.
What to expect from a Neck Lift Procedure:
This obviously depends on the type of neck lift procedure performed. During more complete surgical procedures, anesthesia is administered and incisions are made, allowing Dr. Gardner to sculpt and reposition fat, tissues and muscle from the jowls and neck. Skin is then draped over the contours of the neck or face and closed using sutures or adhesives. Liposuction techniques are often done in the operating room under general anesthesia. Kybella, an injectable product, which leads to shrinkage of submental fat or adipose tissue, is performed in the office in multiple sessions over a period of months.
With most types of neck lifting, there will be some swelling and bruising. To minimize this, patients sleep with their head elevated thirty degrees from the waist up either with pillows or in a recliner for one week. For surgical procedures, a compressive garment will generally been worn during the entire first week. Discomfort is generally mild to moderate and usually well controlled with medications. Surgical techniques lead to immediate improvement with an improved slimmer neck and jaw line. Conservative injection techniques require months for final results but have minimal downtime and recovery associated with each injection.
What are the risks?
A Neck Lift is a common and safe procedure, but there are risks inherent with any surgery. These include infection, bleeding, pain, bruising, swelling, numbness, asymmetry, and skin contour irregularities. For many patients, the final results – a more youthful appearance that is long lasting and easily visible – helps restore confidence and far outweighs the possibility of any complications. You’ll appear younger and slimmer right away with a contoured, sculpted chin and better defined jaw line. Your recovery time will take several weeks to heal thoroughly.
Call Gardner Facial Plastic Surgery at (435) 628-1704 for more information or to schedule an appointment.