Neck lift surgery is an increasingly popular procedure, and there are a variety of different reasons why patients elect to have it performed. For some patients, their necks have aged sooner than their faces and what they desire is to restore symmetry between their necks and faces. Some patients have recently lost weight and they have excess skin around their neck. For other patients it is simply a matter of genetics leaving them with too much fat or skin around their necks. Many patients who complain of having a fleshy neck, jowls, neck banding, or a “turkey waddle” can benefit from this procedure. It isn’t age that determines the need for a neck lift. In Sacramento, many younger people benefit from this cosmetic surgery procedure in Sacramento as well. Occasionally, patients choose to have a neck lift with their facelift procedure in order to present a more uniform, natural look.
The effect of a neck lift may make a profound improvement in your overall appearance, without revealing that you have undergone a cosmetic procedure. Many men and women who have undergone a neck lift are often thought to have lost a lot of weight or “toned up” rather than having had surgery. You might consider a tummy tuck in Sacramento as well for a firmer abdominal area.
All About Necklift Surgery – Plastysmaplasty
Reshaping the neck can be done as an isolated procedure or in conjunction with other cosmetic surgeries such as a facelift. Patients who undergo a neck lift procedure should expect to have some swelling and discomfort that will subside within a few weeks. During the recovery period, doctors usually have patients wear a compression garment for several days. This garment helps improve blood circulation, minimize swelling, and flush out potentially harmful fluids. The compression garment can allow the patient to heal from their neck lift faster and minimize the amount of downtime while providing comfort and support to the neck.
Patients should be able to start seeing the results of their necklift within a week following surgery. Patients will notice more definition in their neck and under the jaw line.
How Necklift Surgery is Performed
The neck lift takes about 2 to 3 hours for Dr. Scott Green to perform. If combined with a facelift or other cosmetic procedure it will, of course, take longer. The neck lift is actually a combination of procedures. The first is Cervicoplasty, where excess skin is removed. The other is Platysmaplasty, where neck muscles are removed or altered. You may also wish to have Dr. Scott Green perform neck liposuction (“lipo”) in Sacramento to remove unattractive fatty deposits.
During cervicoplasty, 2 incisions are made either under or behind the ear, in an inconspicuous location. When combined with a platysmaplasty, a small incision is made under the chin. Sections of skin are trimmed, lifted into place and sutured. Then, a section of fat and muscle is removed and the ends are sutured together at the front of the neck. The skin can be brought together under or behind the ear to provide a smooth and firm skin texture.
As with any cosmetic surgery, be sure to follow your plastic surgeon’s instructions regarding taking medications and vitamins, eating, drinking and ceasing smoking.
Your First Step
If you’re considering a neck lift, this information will give you a basic understanding of the procedure: when it can help, how it’s performed, and what results you can expect. It can’t answer all of your questions, since a lot depends on the individual patient. Please request a consultation with Dr. Scott Green to discuss what a neck lift can do for you or call 916-929-1833 for your appointment.