Aging and gravity not only affect the face, but emphasize loose skin, excess tissue, and deep creases or lines in the neck. As the skin loosens and sags, the fat pads of the face can shift downward to collect around the jaw and chin, and the muscles weaken, creating banding in the neck. Other factors like UV damage from sun exposure can also play a role in advancing the age of the neck.
With neck lift surgery, patients can see vast improvements in the appearance of the neck, from a smoother and firmer skin tone to a slimmer and sleeker jaw and chin. Common aging concerns like turkey neck, jowls, and neck banding can be addressed with this facial plastic surgery procedure. It is important to note that often when excess skin of the neck is removed, the looser skin of the face can appear bunched in front of the ears. This can result in an unnatural look which many patients are unsatisfied with. For this reason, the neck lift is done as a part of a lower facelift procedure for an overall natural appearance.
Benefits of Neck Lift Surgery
The neck lift procedure can do much more than remove loose skin and tighten muscles. For many men and women, it is a way to refresh their appearance, sometimes even taking years off of their perceived age. Slimming and smoothing the neck can improve self-confidence and eliminate self-consciousness about deep creases or loose flabby skin. The procedure can also easily be paired with other facial plastic surgeries to create a fully rejuvenated look.
The Neck Lift Consultation
During a neck lift consultation, Dr. Quatela will meet with a prospective patient to discuss the procedure, its benefits and side effects, the potential results, and the eligibility of the patient for surgery. Your medical history, previous surgeries, present medical conditions, and current medications and supplements will be discussed.
Dr. Quatela will take the time to examine your neck to determine the tone and elasticity of your skin, assess the side effects caused by aging, and make a recommendation for your treatment. He will offer his experience and expertise to achieve your optimum results through neck lift surgery and discuss the potential to pair it with another facial plastic surgery procedure.
Ideal Candidates for Neck Lift Surgery
All candidates for neck lift surgery must be in good physical health, not smoke, and have realistic expectations for their potential results. Prospective patients have complaints about loose, excess skin, including a turkey wattle, jowls, and double chins. Through discussion with Dr. Quatela, you can learn more about what factors qualify you as a good candidate for neck lift surgery.
The Neck Lift Procedure
During a neck lift procedure, the patient will be under local anesthesia with IV sedation for the duration of the surgery. Typically, neck lift surgery takes about three hours for Dr. Quatela to perform. The surgery can be performed as a two-step process: the removal of excess skin and the tightening of neck muscles to ward against future sagging and banding. Dr. Quatela will make small incisions at the hairline, just behind the ears, through which he can manipulate the skin and tissue to become tighter and smoother. The process will smooth away deep creases and wrinkles from the neck and jawline, although some surface wrinkles may remain.
Some patients also experience an excess of fatty tissue below the jaw and chin. In these instances, Dr. Quatela may apply liposuction techniques to the chin and neck to remove unwanted pockets of fat and create a smooth contour. Discuss the specifics of your neck lift procedure at your consultation with Dr. Quatela to learn more about what steps will be taken to achieve your optimum results.
Recovery from Neck Lift Surgery
Neck lift surgery patients return home following their procedures, where they will begin their recovery. Swelling, bruising, and moderate discomfort are typical side effects of the surgery, along with a feeling of tightness around the jaw, chin, and neck. These symptoms will fade with time and can be managed with proper care, including pain medication, keeping the head elevated, applying cold compresses as directed, and getting plenty of rest at home. A drain is often placed beneath the skin which is removed at your post-operative appointment the day after surgery.
Most patients are able to return to work between one and two weeks of recovery, although exercise may be limited for longer. Speak to Dr. Quatela and your pre-operative nurse for more information about downtime after surgery.
Choosing the Right Facial Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Quatela is double board certified and specializes exclusively in facial plastic surgery. His mission is to improve people’s lives by aesthetically enhancing their appearance and increasing their personal confidence, and he is well-known in the cosmetic surgery industry for his natural results.
Neck Lift Frequently Asked Questions
How long does the neck lift procedure take?
The duration of your neck lift surgery may vary based on the amount of loose skin or the presence of excess fatty tissue. Typically, the surgery lasts around three hours.
Where does Dr. Quatela perform neck lift surgeries?
Dr. Quatela performs his outpatient surgeries at the Lindsay House Surgery Center, a fully licensed multi-specialty ambulatory surgery center located at the Quatela Center in Rochester, New York.
Will liposuction be added to my neck lift procedure?
Patients with an excess amount of fat cells may be advised to add liposuction to their neck lift surgery in order to enhance their final results.
Will I have scarring after neck lift surgery?
The small incisions made during a neck lift surgery are well hidden in the natural creases around the ears and hairline. While they will be visible, they will be less noticeable in these locations. Over time, the scars will heal and fade.
How long will I be out of work from neck lift surgery?
Most patients are able to return to work and other activities around one to two weeks following surgery. Discuss the specifics of your own recovery with Dr. Quatela before surgery.