The result is a smoother and more even-toned look in the neck.
Aging is often seen in the neck before the rest of the face and body. A neck lift procedure smooths and tightens the skin and muscle in the neck. A neck lift is often part of a facelift, but can often have a very positive outcome as a separate procedure, depending on the individual's appearance and expectations.
A first meeting with Dr. Brady is important in order to determine whether a neck lift is the only necessary procedure relative to the goals of the individual. If the goal is to have a younger and smoother overall appearance in the face, it is often necessary to look at the option of an entire facelift or the combination with other facial procedures.
- It is important to consider combining a neck lift with other facial procedures.
- The neck lift procedure begins with making a small, inconspicuous incision directly below the chin, and in some cases behind the crease of the ears as well. The neck lift includes both a cervicoplasty to remove excess skin and a platysmaplasty to remove or alter muscles in the neck. Liposuction can also be used to remove excess fat during a neck lift.
- The results of a neck lift can last up to ten years, and as you continue aging, you will always look younger than if you had never had a neck lift.
- The entire neck lift procedure takes two to three hours and may be performed under general or local anesthesia with sedation, depending on the preference of the patient.
RECOVERY / POST-OPERATIVE
The individual may experience some swelling and bruising shortly after the neck lift procedure, which may last up to ten days. Patients are advised to keep their head still and avoid turning or twisting for the first few days. After a neck lift procedure, most people can return to work and other normal daily activities within two weeks. More strenuous activities should be avoided for about four to six weeks.