Our experienced plastic surgeon understands the importance of making a good first impression, and that the face plays a significant role in how we are perceived. As a result, we offer facial rejuvenation procedures designed to reverse the signs of age that affect the entire facial aesthetic – including changes to the neck. The neck is one of the first locations that shows signs of aging. Some of the more common age-related changes to the neck include:
- Loss of skin and muscle tone resulting in a loss of a crisp crease between the neck and chin and a loss of jawline definition
- Development of a double chin or “turkey wattle” due to increased deposition of fat in conjunction with loss of skin tone
- Loss of subcutaneous fat with increased skin wrinkling
- Changes in the position of underlying musculature resulting in muscular bands along the mid-portion of the neck
To address these common cosmetic concerns, Richmond Aesthetic Surgery offers neck lift surgery to help restore your youthful appearance and give you a smoother, more contoured neck.
About the Neck Lift
The neck lift is a surgical procedure that seeks to correct the age-related changes of the neck. The procedure can be performed as an isolated rejuvenation procedure, although it is frequently combined with other facial aesthetic procedures to achieve a more holistic treatment of facial aging. The operation typically involves a variety of incisions that are typically placed behind the ear and adjacent to a skin crease under the chin. Through these incisions, the skin is elevated to expose thin underlying fan-shaped muscles of the neck (the platysma). Once exposed, the underlying muscle can be tightened through a combination of suturing and suspension techniques. The tight bands of the platysma at the midline can be released, and the muscle edges can be sutured together. The portion of the platysma adjacent to the ear can then be advanced and suspended to tissue behind the ear. The net result of these maneuvers is to reestablish the muscular support of the neck that is typically lost in the aging process. Excess neck fat can be removed through a combination of liposuction and direct excision. The neck skin is then redraped over the newly-tightened neck, and excess skin is removed. Prior to incision closure, a soft drain is placed under the skin to collect any fluid or blood that persists after surgery.
For more information on neck lift surgery, or to schedule a consultation, please contact us today.
Neck Lift Consultation
Ideal candidates for neck lift surgery include healthy men and women who seek to rejuvenate the neck and jawline. A successful neck lift procedure depends on clear and open doctor-communication to help ensure each patient has realistic expectations for what a neck lift can achieve. After a facial examination, a customized surgical plan is designed to address each individual patient’s concerns. For patients desiring a more comprehensive approach to reversing the natural signs of age, Dr. Zemmel may recommend a neck lift in conjunction with a facelift.
Your Neck Lift Procedure
All neck lift surgeries are performed by Richmond Aesthetic Surgery’s board-certified plastic surgeon at St. Francis Hospital’s Ambulatory Surgical Center or at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital – Forest Campus. During this outpatient procedure, patients typically receive general anesthesia to maximize safety during surgery and minimize discomfort. A neck lift typically takes about two hours, depending on the goals of the individual patient.
Your Neck Lift Recovery
While some swelling and bruising is common after neck lift surgery, these symptoms usually resolve in one to two weeks. Though you will be able to see a significant change in the appearance of your neck immediately after surgery, the full results will become noticeable as swelling continues to decrease. Dr. Zemmel recommends that patients keep their heads elevated during the first week to further reduce any swelling. Any discomfort is often easily managed with oral pain medication. Surgical drains are typically removed within the first 2-4 days, and sutures are removed after 1 week. Shortly after surgery, you will be placed in a soft compression garment that will help decrease swelling and bruising and that will provide some gentle support. Though uncommon, some patients will experience temporary numbness or muscle weakness after surgery, which typically resolves within a few weeks.
To learn how neck lift can achieve your aesthetic goals, or to schedule a consultation, please contact us today.