Balance and harmony are two of the most critical aspects of a youthful appearance. Often, cosmetic procedures only address facial aging from the chin up, yet some of the most telling signs of aging are present below the chin and along the neck. Vertical neck banding, loose skin under the chin, and an undefined jawline can affect the overall appearance of your face by bringing unwanted attention to the neck. Neck lift surgery combats the negative aesthetic effects of gravity, heredity, sun damage, lifestyle, and weight fluctuations while providing a slimmer, more contoured neck that accentuates facial features instead of hindering them.
Candidates for neck lift surgery experience dissatisfaction with hanging skin and excess fat beneath the chin, vertical banding on the neck, and lack of definition along the jawline. These patients desire firmer, smoother skin, the elimination of excess fat, and a more youthful and balanced aesthetic. Neck lift surgery is invasive, and candidates should be in good general health and have realistic expectations of their results. To limit complications and promote proper healing, candidates should refrain from smoking for at least four weeks before and after their surgery.
Neck lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia to ensure comfort. The procedure usually takes about two hours to complete unless it is combined with another facial procedure. Incisions are made under the chin and behind the ears to tighten and reposition underlying muscles, resculpt fat, and excise excess skin. The incisions are then closed. While it can be performed alone, neck lift surgery is commonly performed in conjunction with a facelift or QuickLift® to ensure balance and harmony between the face and neck.
Bruising and swelling are common and expected after neck lift surgery. A support bandage is placed around the neck to reduce swelling, increase blood circulation, and promote healing. It is important for patients to keep their head elevated and straight for at least a week following the procedure, especially while sleeping. Most patients can return to work within one to two weeks depending on the nature and physicality of their job, but they should refrain from exercise for four to six weeks.
Patients who undergo neck lift surgery desire a more toned and youthful neck as well as defined jaw and neck contours. These results will become apparent once the swelling and bruising subside, which can take up to three months. Neck lift surgery won’t halt the natural aging process, so it is essential that you follow your procedure with a healthy diet and skin care routine that includes wearing sunscreen and limiting sun exposure. When paired with a healthy lifestyle, your neck lift surgery results can remain visible for years.