The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery released its 2013 report. Facelifts and necklifts related to drastic weight loss increased by 13 percent last year. Losing weight is a remarkable step to take, but one thing many patients report is that following weight loss, the excess skin and tissue that’s left behind has a negative impact on their self-esteem and can also cause physical discomfort from chafing and body oils and sweat that get trapped in the rolls of skin and become inflamed.
While people who lose weight often hide loose skin and tissue behind baggy clothing, it’s not easy to hide loose skin when it’s on your face. Facelifts and necklifts become the most effective way to help you embrace your new, more slender self. Dr. Edward Buckingham, an Austin, Texas, facial plastic surgeon, specializes in both procedures.
What is a Facelift?
If loose skin on the jawline and part of the neck are problematic following massive weight loss, a facelift is a corrective measure that address the problems. At Buckingham Center, Dr. Buckingham customizes every facelift to address his patients’ goals.
During a facelift, incisions are generally made in the hairline near the temples, around the ears, and back into the hairline behind the ears. Once the incisions are made, skin is gently lifted from the muscle and then the underlying muscle and tissue are addressed to correct the sagging. Excess skin is removed, and the incisions are sutured.
What is a Necklift?
While a facelift targets loose skin on the lower cheeks, jawline, and below the chin, a necklift alleviates loose folds of skin on the neck and below the jawline. Liposuction may be paired with the necklift to help reduce extra stores of fat that diet and exercise have not helped. At the same time, the surgical procedure tightens the neck muscles to help reduce the signs of aging and provide a better frame for the skin on the neck.
The necklift involves incisions made below the chin and sometimes around the ear. After the incisions are made, the facial plastic surgeon gets to work addressing the weakened neck muscles, excess fat, and loose skin. After those issues are corrected, the surgeon uses geometric broken line closures to suture the incisions while leaving as little scarring as possible.
Following a necklift, you need approximately a week before you return to work and social activities. During this time, swelling and bruising are expected, but the use of cold compresses and pain medications suggested by your surgeon will help keep your discomfort to a minimum. After 14 days, you should be ready to get back to normal fitness routines.
Dr. Buckingham offers comprehensive consultations to any patient interested in a facelift or necklift. This allows you to ask questions, determine what procedure best addresses your loose skin after weight loss, and learn more about the cost of a facelift or necklift. Email Buckingham Center through the contact page or call (512) 401-2500 to schedule the consultation.