Women sometimes focus on the obvious telltale signs of aging that appear on their face, around their eyes, and across their mid-section; and they sometimes forget about the neck. The neck can quickly give away a woman’s age, no matter how smooth her face or flat her stomach. The neck is prone to wrinkles and laxity, just like any other area of the body, due to the effects of sun damage, smoking, hormone fluctuations, and weight loss. In fact sometimes it leads the way in signs of aging making out of sync with the rest of the body.
A necklift is a surgical procedure designed to lift and tighten the skin of the neck, jawline, and lower chin. Lax tissue will be smoothed to look young and snug. Sometimes the musclulature under the neck skin requires some tightening to optimize the anlge of the neck in profile. That extra maneuver is a master’s touch which is often left out of the approach especially in first-time necklifts.
A necklift can be performed alone, or it can be combined with the other facial rejuvenating procedures such as a Face Lift , Chin Augmentation, or Liposuction of the neck to maximize the results.
The Necklift Procedure:
There are several techniques available for a neck rejuvenation procedure; at your consultation, Doctor Basile will help you decide which techniques will be most valuable to you.
Liposuction of the neck: Tiny cannulas and vacuum suction remove excess fatty deposits. Neck Liposuction alone will work for young patients with good skin elasticity; otherwise the procedure should be used in combination with a ‘lift’, to address the excess skin.
Cervical Lipectomy: Through a small incisions under the chin, fat is surgically removed, eliminating bulky fatty tissue.
Platysmaplasty: This surgical procedure combines Cervical Lipectomy, and tightening the muscles of the neck; like a corset this reshapes the angle of the neck optimally.
Cervicoplasty: Excess skin looseness is drawn diagonally back and up through an approach hidden mostly behind the ears.
Necklift surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure, usually under general anesthesia. The procedures will take between one to two hours to complete, depending on the approach(es) chosen.
The recovery time and level of discomfort depends on the type and extent of the necklift procedure performed. Some patients may experience soreness and pain after a necklift; Dr. Basile will make sure the appropriate medications are prescribed to keep the recovery period a comfortable time. Patients should expect the recovery time to take between seven to ten days, although most people are comfortable returning to work after the first week. Strenuous activities and exercise should wait until after four to six weeks of recovery.
To discuss your individual situation, and find out how your neck contour can be improved, contact Basile Plastic Surgery. During the complementary consultation, Doctor Basile will discuss your expectations for a necklift, and will design a surgical plan tailored to your needs. Call our office with questions, or to set up your first appointment.