A Tighter Neck & Jaw Takes Years Off Your Appearance!
One of the first places on a woman’s face or body to show significant signs of aging is the neck. This is because the skin on the neck is not only thinner and more delicate, but it is also positioned in a way that gravity will eventually take its toll. The result is the dreaded “turkey neck” and jowls that age years to one’s appearance.
Perhaps you – like many women – have tried every neck tightening cream on the market without luck. You may have even started wearing turtle necks and scarfs – and thrown away your low-cut blouses. But the good news is that there is a better solution to restore your neck, jaw line, and “jowls” to their once youthful appearance: neck lift surgery.
Neck lift surgery, also known as lower rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic procedure designed to address signs of aging in the neck and jawline area. This transformative surgery can tighten sagging skin, remove excess fat deposits, and correct muscle laxity, resulting in a more defined and youthful neck contour.
In this article, top board-certified Troy, MI area plastic surgeon Dr. Ali explains the various aspects of neck lift surgery, including the procedure itself, its benefits, and the recovery period.
How Neck Lift Surgery is Performed
Neck lift surgery involves the removal of excess skin, fat, and the tightening of underlying muscles to create a smoother and more toned neck appearance. The patient is typically administered either general anesthesia, but intravenous sedation may be used, to ensure a comfortable, safe and pain free surgery.
Dr. Ali carefully plans and makes incisions behind the ears and/or under the chin, allowing access to the underlying neck structures. The length and placement of incisions will vary depending on the individual’s specific needs, amount of fat and loose skin, and goals.
Dr. Ali will then tighten the neck muscles and underlying tissues, which have become loose or separated with age. This step helps create a more defined neck contour and improves muscle tone. Next, he removes excess fat from the neck area through liposuction or direct excision techniques. This helps eliminate sagging and fatty deposits, enhancing the overall neck appearance. The excess skin is then removed, and the remaining skin is re-draped over the newly contoured neck and carefully sutured into place. Surgical dressings or compression garments are applied to support healing, minimize swelling, and enhance the final results.
Benefits of Neck Lift Surgery
Neck lift surgery offers numerous benefits for individuals seeking to rejuvenate their neck and jawline. Neck lift surgery effectively addresses sagging skin, excess fat deposits, and muscle laxity in the neck area, resulting in a smoother, firmer, and more youthful neck contour. It can enhance the definition and contour of the jawline by addressing jowls and loose skin in the lower face and neck area, restoring a more youthful profile.
Neck Lift Surgery can also correct the appearance of visible neck bands or vertical cords caused by weakened or separated neck muscles, commonly referred to as platysma bands.
Neck Lift Surgery Recovery
Patients typically are allowed to come home the same day of surgery, depending upon the extent of the procedure. You will need someone to drive you home after the surgery and stay with you for a couple days.
Swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort are common in the first few weeks after the surgery. Pain medications may be prescribed to manage any discomfort during this time. Patients are typically instructed to wear a supportive chin strap or compression garment to minimize swelling, provide support to the healing tissues, and enhance the contouring results.
The amount of time needed to take off work after neck lift surgery will vary depending on several factors, including the individual’s healing progress, the extent of the surgery, and the nature of their job. However, the initial recovery period after neck lift surgery typically lasts around 1 to 2 weeks.
Strenuous activities and heavy lifting should be avoided for several weeks to allow for proper healing. Patients are encouraged to engage in light activities and gradually resume normal daily routines under the guidance of their plastic surgeon.
As with an incision, neck lift surgery results in visible scars, which typically fade considerably and become less noticeable over time. Skilled and experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Ali will strategically place the scars in places where they are the least visibly – including under the jaw and in the hairline whenever possible.
Our plastic surgery team will provide instructions on scar care techniques, such as keeping the incision sites clean and protected from excessive sun exposure, etc.
Neck Lift Surgery vs Non-Surgical Fat Removal & Skin Tightening
AMAE Plastic surgery in the Troy, MI area also offers non-surgical fat removal with CoolSculpting and Kybella – as well as and minimally and non-invasive radiofrequency and laser skin tightening procedures such as ‘Profound’ and ThermiSmooth.
However, it is important to understand that for patients with significant neck laxity, jowls, or “turkey neck” neck lift surgery remains the gold standard.
Non-surgical procedures do not provide the ability to tighten underlying neck muscles, which can become lax or separated with age. Neck lift surgery allows for the tightening and repositioning of these muscles, improving muscle tone and contour. By addressing both skin laxity and muscle laxity, neck lift surgery offers a more complete and effective solution for neck rejuvenation.
Non-surgical also may not adequately address significant skin laxity. Neck lift surgery, on the other hand, involves the removal of excess skin to eliminate sagging and restore a smoother and more defined neck contour. This surgical approach is particularly beneficial for individuals with substantial skin laxity or those who have experienced significant weight loss.
Additionally, while non-surgical skin tightening procedures can provide temporary improvements, the results are often not as long-lasting as those achieved with neck lift surgery. The surgical approach removes excess skin and tightens the underlying structures, resulting in more durable and enduring outcomes. Patients can enjoy the benefits of a rejuvenated neck contour for many years to come.
Top Neck Lift Surgery | Troy, MI
If you are sick and tired of looking old, sick and tired thanks to a sagging “turkey neck”, schedule a consultation at AMAE Plastic Surgery in the Troy, MI area today. Top Troy, MI area plastic surgeon Dr. Ali will examine your skin, listen to your aesthetic goals, and help you determine the best treatment for you individual situation. He will evaluate your specific neck condition, assess skin laxity, muscle tone, and fat deposits, and recommend the most appropriate treatment plan, whether surgical or non-surgical, to ensure optimal results – so you look years younger and love the skin you’re in!