Neck Lift Newport Beach
Many patients, both female and male, can benefit from a plastic-surgery procedure known as a neck lift. The neck is the primary area of concern when it comes to aging. A sagging neck can often make someone who otherwise appears their age look older than they are. Additionally, weight loss or being a naturally thin individual will lead to a looser neck.
The visible signs of an aging neck are difficult to hide and correct with makeup. Often, turtlenecks, high collar shirts, and scarves are worn to hide a hanging neck, but this may not be convenient in warm weather, especially here in Southern California. For women, favorite necklaces are unfortunately avoided to draw unwanted attention to the neck. Fortunately, there is a relatively simple solution – neck lifting can restore your youthful self.
WHAT IS A NECK LIFT?
A neck lift is a surgical procedure used to improve the appearance of the neck. It addresses excess fat, loose muscle bands, and excess skin. By addressing these multiple issues, the neck will look tighter, smoother, and more contoured.
First, the excess fat under the chin is liposuctioned to get rid of the double chin. Next, the platysmal muscle bands are tightened with internal sutures to get rid of the turkey neck. Excess muscle tissue may also be removed. Finally, the excess skin is lifted and removed to tighten the sagging neck. Once these techniques have been performed, the incisions are closed with sutures.
WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR A NECK LIFT?
An aging neck is inevitable. Typically, one will start to see the neck bands and/or a double chin. Then loose skin develops and the skin starts to hang down. At this point, one is a good candidate for a neck lift. When it becomes more severe, the loose skin hangs from the chin to the collarbone and there is loss of definition.
Ideal neck-lift candidates are in relatively good health and have realistic expectations. Excellent candidates are non-smokers, since smoking can lead to recovery complications.
Patients who would like to avoid a surgical solution may be good candidates for minimally invasive options such as Botox.
WHAT DO THE INCISIONS LOOK LIKE?
There are three incisions: one under the chin and one behind each side of the ear and into the hairline. The chin incision is a small horizontal one that hides under the chin (submental) crease. The ear incision starts from the earlobe then moves up behind the ear crease then towards the hairline and down and along and into the posterior hairline.
*Individual results may vary
HOW DOES A NECK LIFT DIFFER FROM A LOWER FACELIFT?
A neck lift primarily treats the neck. A lower facelift, on the other hand, focuses primarily on the jowls and loose jawline and secondarily on the neck. The lower facelift will have additional incisions that travel up in front of the ears and sideburns.
A neck lift is often combined with a lower facelift for optimal results in both the lower face and neck. This combination allows for greater results in the neck than a neck lift alone.
WHAT TYPE OF ANESTHESIA IS USED FOR A NECK LIFT?
You have a couple options for anesthesia. Dr. Lee at FACEOLOGYMD® performs neck lifts and other facial procedures under local anesthesia and oral sedation. You take a relaxation pill and the neck is numbed with a local anesthetic called lidocaine.
This makes patients very relaxed and sleepy. In fact, most patients will drift to sleep during this procedure. Dr. Lee has performed thousands of neck lifts in this manner.
The other anesthesia option is IV (intravenous) anesthesia. Here, we have an anesthesiologist help you drift off to sleep with the help of IV medication. Rest assured, all procedures under any type of anesthesia are performed in an accredited surgical center.
HOW LONG DOES THE NECK-LIFT PROCEDURE TAKE?
Neck recontouring will take about one hour to perform. This may vary depending on the degree of aging in the region and the specific anatomy of the patient. Also, a male patient’s neck lift will take a bit longer to perform than a female patient’s neck lift.
HOW LONG IS THE RECOVERY?
The acute recovery is typically seven to nine days. You will not be completely healed by this time, but by about a week, enough of the swelling and potential bruising will have gone down that you can be out without anyone noticing.
You are seen one day after your surgery to remove your dressing during a follow-up appointment, then one week later to remove your sutures, and then one month later. You can return to exercising two weeks after your neck lift.
CONTACT US TO FIND OUT MORE
If the appearance of your neck is of concern, call FACEOLOGYMD® for a neck-lift consultation with Dr. Raymond Lee, who will give his expert opinion on what treatments would be best for you. We will review your non-surgical and surgical options so that you can achieve your best results. Experience Beauty with a Neck Lift in Newport Beach and Orange County.