Neck Lift Surgery
Facial Enhancement Procedure
Due to loss of skin elasticity, a neck lift is a surgical procedure which may offer a smoother and more toned appearance to skin under the chin and neck. Dramatic results may be provided by a neck lift on its own or when performed in conjunction with other procedures, such as liposuction. Patients with visible banding on the neck may undergo a neck lift to reveal smoother and more toned skin. Liposuction may also be used to remove fat deposits in the neck area.
Who is a Candidate for a Neck Lift?
Dr. Jason R. Hess will consider many factors for each patient including age, health factors, diet and family history. A reasonable expectation level is also important. Prospective candidates should be in good health and have no serious illnesses or allergies. Usually the best prospective candidates have good skin tone, have retained some elasticity in the neck area, and have the ability to heal after the procedure.
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How is a Neck Lift Performed?
Neck rejuvenation procedures are usually performed on an outpatient basis using local anesthesia. During a consultation, Dr. Hess will determine how the procedure will be performed based on the physician’s advice and the patient’s goals. Depending on the patient’s skin elasticity and overall situation, a full neck lift may be recommended.
The specific procedure being performed will require either local or general anesthesia to keep the patient comfortable. When a neck lift is performed, the skin surrounding the chin and neck is examined and marked to determine where the neck contours should lay post-surgery. Any excess skin beyond those contours is removed.
The removal of excess skin offers an even more refined neck and jaw line. Incisions are carefully placed where scars are least visible, usually behind the ears. The exact location of incisions may be thoroughly discussed with the surgeon so the patient can fully understand the entire procedure.
After surgery, there may be swelling, discomfort and bruising. Swelling and bruising are generally gone within a week . However, each patient heals at a unique rate based on a number of different factors. An elastic garment may also be worn around the chin and neck area to support the healing process. Following post-operative care and the surgeon’s directions is crucial for a successful recovery.