Neck Lift
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Neck Lift
Reduce the signs of visual aging on your neck
look fresh, energetic, and young for your age

As we age our skin tends to lose some of its elasticity and “snap”, especially in areas on the face and body where skin is very thin. The result can be loose skin hanging in unwanted areas, including around the jawline, the chin, and the neck. These folds of excess skin can cause men and women to feel less youthful, regardless of their age or level of confidence. Thankfully, a neck lift can reverse these visible signs of aging and restore the neck, chin, and jawline to a tighter, sleeker appearance.

H/K/B Cosmetic Surgery is pleased to offer neck lift procedures to our patients. To learn more about a neck lift and how it might benefit you, contact us for a consultation. In the meantime, here are some quick insights into how the neck lift procedure works.

As we age our skin tends to lose some of its elasticity and “snap”, especially in areas on the face and body where skin is very thin. The result can be loose skin hanging in unwanted areas, including around the jawline, the chin, and the neck. These folds of excess skin can cause men and women to feel less youthful, regardless of their age or level of confidence. Thankfully, a neck lift can reverse these visible signs of aging and restore the neck, chin, and jawline to a tighter, sleeker appearance.

H/K/B Cosmetic Surgery is pleased to offer neck lift procedures to our patients. To learn more about a neck lift and how it might benefit you, contact us for a consultation. In the meantime, here are some quick insights into how the neck lift procedure works.

Surgical Overview of the Neck Lift

The neck lift, also called a lower rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic procedure intended to reduce visible signs of aging along the jawline and the neck. Specifically, the neck lift removes extra fat and unwanted tissue, leaving the neck area more contoured and defined. Additionally, during a neck lift, your surgeon may tighten the underlying muscles, lending to further definition of the neck area.

Some patients choose to get a neck lift as part of their facelift, seeking a comprehensive makeover to the overall appearance of the face and neck. For other patients, however, there is no need for a facelift; they simply want to do something about the aging appearance of the delicate areas of the neck, jawline and chin. Either way, the surgeons at H/K/B can accommodate your needs for a neck lift.

What to Expect from Your Neck Lift

When you get a neck lift at H/K/B Cosmetic Surgery, the process always begins with a consultation. You will have a chance to sit down with a provider, ask any questions you may have, and learn more about the options available. Your surgeon will also share some visualizations, helping you to set the right expectations for what your end results will look like.

The procedure itself is done on an outpatient basis, and while the duration of the surgery varies by patient, you can anticipate that it will take two to three hours. Patients are under general anesthesia for their neck lift, and the procedure itself may involve the following steps:

  • Platysmaplasty: Your surgeon will tighten the muscles in the neck and restore structure to the neck’s contour.
  • Skin and fat excision: Your surgeon will then remove any loose, hanging skin or bulges of fat, usually through small incisions made behind the ears.
  • Liposuction: In some cases, it is necessary to use liposuction to suck out excess fat, especially fat deposited just below the chin.
Recovery from a Neck Lift

Recovery from a neck lift is usually very quick and uncomplicated. You can expect some bandaging along the surgical site, but these bandages are removed within the first week. Your surgeon may instruct you to take a few days to rest and recover, and to use cold compresses to keep swelling down. While pain is usually minimal, medication is available as needed to help you mitigate any discomfort.

Your surgeon will advise you on when you should return to work and to physical exercise; of course, our patients can always call with any specific questions or concerns.

Neck Lift
What Neck Lifts Do Treat, and What They Don’t Treat

Before coming in for a neck lift, it’s important to have the right expectations about what this procedure can accomplish; and, about what it’s not meant to accomplish.

What Can a Neck Lift Treat?

A neck lift can address any of the following:

  • Excess skin and fat at the bottom of the face, creating a “jowling” appearance.
  • Excess deposits of fat around the chin.
  • Loose and hanging neck skin.
  • Muscle banding in the neck, leading to unusual-looking contours.

What Can’t a Neck Lift Treat?

By contrast, there are some things that a neck lift can’t address, and it’s important to be upfront about that. Specifically, it’s important to remember that neck lifts are fundamentally restorative in nature; they can rehabilitate the appearance of your neck, but they are not meant to significantly alter your overall physical appearance. Additionally, neck lifts do not stop the aging process; they simply undo some of the most visible signs of aging along your neck.

We will also note that there are non-surgical options available to help improve the appearance of the neck. These options are not as powerful or as effective as surgical intervention, but they may help you delay the need for a full neck lift.

Are You a Neck Lift Candidate?

Do you think you might be a good candidate for a neck lift? At H/K/B, our surgeons typically recommend a neck lift for patients who meet the following criteria:

  • You are bothered by loose skin, fat or other visible signs of aging along the neck, under the chin, or around the jawline.
  • You do not smoke or have any medical complications that would impede you from healing properly.
  • You have realistic expectations about your neck lift and understand that while it may improve your physical appearance, it will not stop the aging process.
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