Sagging skin, wrinkles, changes in skin pigmentation, and other signs of aging can make the face appear tired and worn out.
The aesthetics of the aging face arealso affected by similar changes to the skin on the neck, which can significantly change the facial appearance and increase the perceived age of the person in question.
This is why, when planning plastic surgery for facial rejuvenation, neck rejuvenation often must also play a role for good results from the treatment plan. Let’s take a look at how a necklift can play a major role in facial rejuvenation.
The Effects of a Neck Lift
The loss of elasticity in the skin of the neck can cause major aesthetic problems, resulting in excess, sagging skin that is often severe enough to be described as a “turkey wattle.” This can create a loss of definition in the chin and jowls, as well as unwanted fat deposits in the area.
A neck lift is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat while tightening the remaining skin for a refreshed appearance and youthful contour. Neck Lift surgery is often an essential procedure in overall facial rejuvenation, or it can be performed as a standalone procedure.
The Procedure and Recovery
There are two major kinds of neck lift that can be performed, depending on the patient’s needs. The first is the least invasive submentalplatysmaplasty procedure, a “mini” neck lift performed through an incision in the chin crease. This procedure involves tightening the neck muscles through the incision. This method often involves liposuction to remove any unwanted fat in the area, and is usually better for younger patients as the results are more subtle than a full necklift.
A full neck lift takes the mini lift to the next level, adding further tightening of the neck muscles through incisions made behind the ears. Excess skin and fat is removed for an attractive contour.
Depending on the procedure, most patients are back to work and most normal activities in about 10 days.
Combination Procedures and Treatments
Necklift is not always performed on its own. Often, it is more advantageous for the patient to consider combining the procedure with another surgery to promote the most consistent, successful results. It is rare that signs of aging are limited to the neck area alone, and patients often wish to pursue full face rejuvenation along with a neck lift. Here are some procedures and treatments that can be combined with a necklift, depending on the needs of the patient.
A comprehensive anti-aging surgery, a face lift involves the tightening of skin and repositioning of facial fat throughout the face for a more youthful appearance. Face lifts often include a neck lift for overall facial rejuvenation. The procedure is completely customizable, and is tailored to suit each patient’s needs. Face Lift results are dramatic, but the procedure is highly invasive and requires several weeks of initial recovery. Results of a face lift can last more than a decade.
A quick, convenient, and affordable temporary fix for lines, wrinkles, and facial volume loss (depending on the treatment), injectable wrinkle treatments are the most popular procedures in the United States. A quick session results in improvement that lasts 4-18 months, depending on the treatment.
A neck lift can tighten and contour the excess skin in the neck, but Pelleve is a great option for mild to moderate facial skin sagging and wrinkling, and can be used in conjunction with a neck lift to refresh the face. The procedure is nearly painless, and uses radiowave technology to stimulate collagen production deep in the skin. This collagen stimulation results in positive anti-aging changes that can continue to develop for up to 6 months. The treatment takes about an hour and involves no downtime.
For some patients, a full face lift is not necessary, but some other area of the face besides the neck is showing signs of aging. In this case, other surgeries like a brow lift, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) or a cheek lift may be appropriate. Your surgeon can help you tailor a surgical plan to fit your needs.
Speaking With a Surgeon
The best way to figure out if a neck lift is a good fit for you is to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon about your options. He or she will be able to answer your questions, provide an assessment, and recommend the neck lift as a standalone procedure or in combination with other rejuvenation treatments, depending on your needs and goals. If you are ready to speak with an expert about your procedure, then it is time to schedule consultations with board certified plastic surgeons.
Dr. Stuart Bentkover is a renowned facial plastic surgeon practicing out of two facilities in the Boston area. If you would like advice from an expert who offers a range of surgical and non-surgical treatments, then call Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery & Laser Center in Worcester(508-363-6500) or Stoneham(508-363-6500), MA, to schedule your consultation today.