We might not think about it a lot, but the neck actually plays a major role in our overall appearance. Unfortunately, the neck is very susceptible to gravity and aging. Over time, we lose elastin and collagen in our skin and the neck begins to droop, creating what many call a “turkey neck.”
At Cosmetic Surgery Associates, we understand that lack of contour and excess skin on the neck can really take a toll on one’s confidence. Our doctors are proud to perform neck lifts in order to restore the youthful contour of the neck and help patients regain their self-assurance. Contact our offices in Maryland or Virginia today to request a consultation!
About Neck Lifts
A neck lift, also known as a lower rhytidectomy, addresses signs of aging in the neck and jawline.
Some of these signs include:
- Excess or loose skin hanging from the neck
- Overly prominent jowls
- Stubborn fat deposits
Using small hidden incisions, the doctor tightens the skin on the neck, sometimes also removing fat deposits, to restore the patient’s jawline and neck profile. Often, this is combined with a full facelift in order to ensure harmony between all facial components.
Our Neck Lift Technique
At Cosmetic Surgery Associates, neck lifts are one of our most commonly performed procedures, in part due to our unique and effective approach. Other practices may utilize a long incision across the underside of the neck, which results in more scarring. Our doctors, on the other hand, have been able to achieve incredibly transformative and natural results with much smaller incisions around the ears and hairline.
Furthermore, with just these small incisions, our doctors are able to not only excise excess skin, but also tighten and reposition the platysma layer below the skin. This allows for enhanced natural looking results that don’t appear too taut or overdone.
Lastly, at Cosmetic Surgery Associates, neck lifts can be performed comfortably without the need for general anesthesia and just sedation. This makes the procedure especially safe and also reduces recovery time for patients, so they can return to their regular routines faster.
In general, patients should be in good health and be non-smokers. Smoking can negatively impact the healing process and adversely affect the results.
Good candidates for a neck lift are patients who have excess skin on their neck that has started to droop, which may also be accompanied by stubborn fat deposits. They may feel self conscious about the appearance of their neck and believe that it makes them look older.
Patients should have realistic expectations for the outcome of a neck lift procedure. In some cases, Dr. Richards, Dr. Jabs, or Dr. Magge may recommend other procedures in combination with a neck lift to ensure facial harmony. These options can be discussed at the time of the consultation.
Preparation for a neck lift procedure is straightforward, yet very important. Patients should stop taking any anti-inflammatory medication two weeks prior to their operation date. If the patient smokes, they should also plan on quitting smoking at this time. As safety is our number one concern, all patients are required to complete a medical evaluation with their primary care doctor prior to the surgery date.
Patients should fill their prescriptions and make arrangements for a ride home prior to their date of surgery. The patient will be given more detailed information about preparation when they schedule their surgery date.
Because we have an an in-house state of the art operating room, all surgeries can be performed safely and comfortably right in our facility. Since it is an outpatient procedure, we ask all patients to make arrangements for a ride home.
The doctor will make discreet incisions, similar to that of an S shape. Fat and muscles may be repositioned for a more attractive contour. In some cases, the patient may also choose to undergo liposuction in the neck area, which will be done at this time.
Then, the skin is redraped and excess will be removed. The skin will be sutured in its new position. Depending on the individual’s case, the doctor will either utilize standard sutures, which will need to be removed at a follow-up appointment, or dissolvable sutures, which will go away on their own.
Additional and Alternative Procedures
While a neck lift can offer comprehensive and flattering results, it may not be the ideal solution for every patient’s unique circumstance. Some patients may want to consider additional procedures, such as a facelift, brow lift, or liposuction, in order to ensure that there is total harmony in their facial rejuvenation.
On the other hand, some patients may not require an invasive surgery like a neck lift to get the results they desire and may benefit from Kybella instead.
Kybella is a nonsurgical injectable that diminishes fat from the lower chin and neck areas. Once injected, the solution targets and destroys fat cells. These fat cells then exit the body as they are naturally eliminated.
Kybella is a good option for patients who have excess fat deposits under their neck or the appearance of a double chin. However, they should not have “drooping” skin or a lack of elasticity in their skin. This is because the skin needs to be able to snap back into position as the fat deposits diminish.
It is also important to note that Kybella takes some time to effectively work. In general, patients should plan on scheduling six treatment sessions over the course of six months. It will also take some time for the fat cells to break down and naturally make their way out of the body.
Liposuction is another option for patients who have fat deposits in their neck and jawline, but strong skin elasticity. Fat deposits in the neck area are especially difficult to get rid of despite diet and exercise. Liposuction has the advantage over Kybella that results are seen immediately. However, it is an invasive procedure and will require more recovery time than Kybella.
Liposuction is frequently performed in conjunction with a neck lift. At the time of the consultation, one of our esteemed doctors will be able to help the patient determine whether or not they would benefit from liposuction alone or in combination with their neck lift procedure.
Facelift / Brow Lift
Facelifts are often performed in combination with neck lifts, as performing one without the other can create a startling contrast between the appearance of the face versus the appearance of the neck. In some cases, the doctor will not need to perform a full facelift in order to create harmony in the facial region. Depending on the individual’s case, they may only need a lift in one region, such as the brow.
A facelift can be easily performed at the same time as a neck lift as the incisions are also typically made along the ears and hairline. The tissues and fat are repositioned and the skin is redraped, removing excess.
Following surgery, patients will be appropriately bandaged. Some patients may require a tube to drain excess fluid following the procedure. All patients will be properly instructed in how to replace their aftercare garments in order to ensure positive results.
During the recovery time, there may be some discomfort around the operational site. Patients will be provided with prescription medication that they should fill prior to their day of surgery. In order to help alleviate bruising and swelling, patients should sleep and rest with their head elevated.
Due to the neck lift technique that our doctors use, patients will benefit from a relatively fast recovery. Most patients will need to take about one week off from work. It will be okay to start wearing makeup again after one week.
We ask all patients to return for a follow-up appointment approximately two days to one week after their procedure. We typically schedule a few follow-up appointments in order to ensure that the patient is healing properly. Our doctors are adamant about maintaining long-term relationships with our clients and making sure they are comfortable with their procedure far beyond the surgery date.
Following a neck lift procedure, bruising and swelling will dissipate over the course of a few weeks to a month. At this time, the patient’s final results will start to appear. The incisions from the procedure are hidden along the hairline and in the natural folds and creases around the ears. These will also continue to fade over the course of a year.
At Cosmetic Surgery Associates, the consultation is an integral part of giving the patient a look they love. During the consultation at our Virginia or Maryland office, patients will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with one of our board certified plastic surgeons and discuss their concerns and goals. They will also be asked why they are interested in undergoing a neck lift procedure.
The doctor will then determine whether or not the patient would be a good candidate for a neck lift procedure. To do this, the doctor will ask about the patient’s medical history and examine the patient neck and face, including taking measurements and photographs as necessary.
In some cases, the doctor may recommend alternative or additional procedures. Please feel free to ask the doctor about any other procedures of interest, even outside of those regarding the face and neck.
The cost of a neck lift will vary depending on the extent of the patient’s condition and any additional procedures they may plan to undergo. In order to receive a price quote, please request a neck lift consultation with Dr. Richards, Dr. Jabs, or Dr. Magge at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Associates!