While most think about the face as showing the most signs of aging, it can be surprising how many aging changes may be visible in the neck as well. As we age, wrinkles, folds, excess fat, and sagging muscles in the neck can significantly affect the aesthetics of the face and neck. As we advance in years, the skin in the neck loosens while the underlying muscles can also begin to droop. The result is an aged appearance that may cause self-consciousness and make someone look much older than they feel.
A necklift can dramatically improve the appearance of the neck, which in turn returns focus to the eyes and the smile. The result should be natural such that friends, coworkers, and acquaintances may comment that you look refreshed, rested and more youthful without necessarily knowing why. During your necklift in Charlotte, Gastonia, Shelby, Hickory, Lake Norman and surrounding cities, the skin and muscles are toned, tightened and firmed while unsightly fat deposits are removed, resulting in a more youthful contour to the neck. Neck lift is usually performed as part of a facelift, to address aging changes of the lower face at the same time. However, for some patients the aging changes of concern may be limited to the neck and for them only a neck lift may be required. Sometimes a more extensive makeover is indicated and the facelift and neck lift may be performed along with a browlift or blepharoplasty.
Why Choose PPSD For Your Necklift?
At PPSD, we have years of experience offering comprehensive cosmetic plastic surgery and other skincare services. Each of our skilled, board-certified plastic surgeons has many years of experience performing a wide range of cosmetic surgery procedures. Our surgeons specialize in providing natural results with high levels of patient satisfaction.
Your necklift begins with a detailed consultation at one of our offices in Shelby, Gastonia, Hickory, Denver, Huntersville and Charlotte. The doctor will examine your neck, inquire about previous surgeries and any medications you may be taking, review before and after photos with you, and provide clear explanations for any questions or concerns. We will work with you to craft a treatment plan best suited to your individual needs. During your consultation, we will review any additional procedures that may interest you, such as a facelift or eyelid surgery. Combining surgeries can greatly reduce overall downtime and provide more comprehensive treatment for some patients with other aesthetic concerns.
Understanding the Necklift Procedure
The necklift is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia at one of our state-of-the-art AAAASF-accredited facilities in Charlotte, Gastonia, Shelby, Hickory, Lake Norman and surrounding cities. It typically lasts 2-3 hours depending on the patient’s individual needs.
There are three elements that may be part of a neck lift procedure (outlined below) and these may be used in combination or alone to achieve optimal results. Your cosmetic surgeon will choose the best approach for you based on your individual concerns.
When the flat, broad muscles in the neck (platysma) become separated, it can cause the telltale “turkey neck” or “bands” that one usually associates with aging. To combat this condition, the muscles are tightened, restoring structure to the contour of the neck.
Skin & Fat Excision
When the neck has a surplus of loose, hanging skin the excess skin is removed using incisions that are concealed behind the ears. This is a common method of addressing loose skin damaged through over-exposure to the sun and as a result of aging. It is also appropriate when a patient has experienced significant weight loss.
Liposuction is used for the removal of excess fat in the neck, usually found below the chin. Fat tissue is suctioned out through a slender, steel “cannula”, or straw-like tube. Liposuction targets the subcutaneous and deeper fat layers, leaving the outer skin layers intact.
PPSD patients can generally expect a swift and uncomplicated recovery. Bandages may be applied to protect the treatment areas, but these, along with sutures, are removed within the first week. Pain medication is available to you should you experience any discomfort.
Your doctor will provide a complete aftercare plan for your convenience, including instructions on the use of cold compresses to the treated areas, elevating your head and neck after surgery, showering, returning to work and reengaging in exercise. As always, don’t hesitate to call the office should any concerns arise during your recovery.