People commonly experience loosening or sagging skin on the neck and under the jaw as one of the first cosmetic signs of aging. Neck lift surgery is a valuable tool for healthy patients of all ages to achieve a younger and refined appearance. In a neck lift, Dr. Buckingham can remove excess skin or fat, as well as tighten the muscles of the neck, all with the goal of producing a tighter, smoother jaw and neckline.
Current surgical techniques allow for a much more natural result than techniques of the past. In young patients with good skin tone, fat deposits can develop between the skin and muscle, creating a double chin appearance. These deposits can be addressed with liposuction and a tightening of the underlying muscles called a platysmaplasty and the skin will re-drape to the improved contour. In patients with too much redundant skin or poor skin tone, the neck must also be lifted through incisions around the ear or in certain cases by direct excision of the skin under the chin utilizing a scar camouflage technique called a geometric broken line closure. However, the utmost care is always taken to ensure minimal visible scarring. The muscles of the neck and face, which often loosen over time, can be tightened as an aspect of neck lift surgery if that suits the patient’s needs.
Recovery from neck lift surgery will generally require some down time, with most patients beginning to return to social activity within 7-10 days and normal work-out routine in 14 days. Swelling and bruising are normal side effects of surgery, and will generally subside within this initial recovery period. Some minor swelling may persist longer, but complete resolution should be achieved within three months.
Different patients will have individual needs. At your initial consultation, Dr. Buckingham can evaluate your situation and determine what type of procedure would be best. It is important to be sure you discuss all your health concerns so the physician can make an informed decision. He will be sure that you understand what a neck lift surgery can and cannot achieve, as well as potential risks.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Buckingham to determine whether neck lift surgery is right for you.