One area that begins to show aging signs sooner than the face is the neck. Often, the skin of the neck becomes lax and saggy, creating the appearance of a ‘turkey neck’. Despite the best non-surgical treatments and products, it can be difficult to find results. This makes the neck lift one of the best options when it comes to rejuvenating the neck.
There are generally three soft tissue changes that contribute to aging of the neck: laxity of the platysma muscle, excess subcutaneous fat, and loose skin. Often, all three of these require some surgical correction for best results, and a neck lift can tighten and excise these tissues for a lifted, defined neckline. Patients usually opt for a neck lift on its own because they begin to see the first signs of aging but do not yet require a facelift (although they can be performed at the same time).
The best candidates for a neck lift procedure are those with significant signs of aging in the neck and under the chin. Since the neck lift is a surgical procedure, it is important to discuss your medical history with our plastic surgeons during your consultation. We can also recommend effective non-surgical options if you are not yet ready for surgery.
A neck lift can be performed at our fully accredited outpatient surgery center. It is performed under general anesthesia, and surgery takes about one hour. A neck lift can commonly be performed along with other facial rejuvenation surgeries for excellent results.
The facelift addresses the rest of the face, jowls, and neck, while the neck lift addresses the neckline alone. These procedures can produce transformative results. Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir can recommend whether you might benefit from a combination procedure to achieve your anti-aging goals.
During a neck lift, liposuction can be used to further contour the surrounding jawline and neckline if you have stubborn pockets of fat. This can be an effective combination since liposuction can remove fatty tissue while a neck lift removes excess skin for a refined, contoured neck.
You can return home with a friend or family member after surgery. You will wear a comfortable bandage for two days, and you can expect bruising and swelling to last about one week. Most patients take about one week off work and social engagements to take time to rest and recover. During your follow-up appointments with our plastic surgeons, we can assess your progress and recommend when you can return to normal activities.
The neck lift is a great option to lift and rejuvenate the neck if you begin to notice signs of aging like sagging and poor definition. To begin discussing your options for facial cosmetic surgery with Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir, contact our Phoenix office by calling or filling out our online form.