In your anti-aging efforts, what areas have you given the most attention to? Many people focus on early wrinkles, getting Botox injections to help relax the lines between their eyebrows or at the corners of their eyes. Others focus on using dermal fillers to plump up areas of diminished facial volume. You might have even considered facial plastic surgery to deal with drooping skin or excessive sagging.
While many people focus on rejuvenating their faces as a way to turn back the clock and feel more confident about their appearance, one area often gets neglected. That’s despite the fact that it’s an area that is likely to be one of the first to show signs of aging or damage to the skin: the neck.
Like the skin on your face, the skin on your neck can become wrinkled, thin, and saggy over the years. Also, like the face, there are surgical options that can help you rejuvenate your neck, creating a more youthful look.
Depending on your particular concerns and the state of your neck, a neck lift might be the right procedure for you. Learn more about what goes on during a neck lift and what you can expect to get from the surgery.
What Happens During a Neck Lift?
The goal of a neck lift is usually to restore the youthful contours of the neck. A facial plastic surgeon will typically use several different techniques during the surgery to rejuvenate the area.
In many cases, the procedure will involve liposuction to remove excess fat from the chin and neck area. Depending on the degree of sagging and laxity in the neck, a surgeon will usually also remove excess, loose skin from the area and tighten the platysma, which is the major muscle in the neck.
A surgeon usually gives patients either general anesthesia or IV sedation before a neck lift. The anesthesia option that is right for you depends on the complexity of the surgery and how long the surgeon thinks it will take. If you have concerns about the anesthesia you’ll be receiving, you can discuss your options with the surgeon during your consultation.
What Happens After a Neck Lift?
You can expect to have a bit of downtime after a neck lift. Exactly how long depends on your body and how quickly you heal, but for the most part, you can expect to take about a week off from work or other daily commitments. You might need a few weeks after that before you feel 100% again.
As you recover from the surgery, it’s common to see some swelling and bruising in the neck area. It’s likely that the neck will feel numb and tight right after surgery. You might need to wear a compression garment for a few days after the surgery to help bring down the swelling and to help shape the neck for better results.
What Are the Pros and Cons of a Neck Lift?
Before choosing any type of facial plastic surgery, it’s a good idea to take a look at the pros and cons of the procedure. One of the biggest pros of a neck lift is that is can help to improve the appearance of an area you feel self-conscious about. Depending on your results, you might look up to 10 years younger after a neck lift.
A notable drawback of a neck lift is that it is a surgical procedure. It might offer longer-lasting results compared to minimally-invasive treatments, but in exchange for those results, you need to spend more time recuperating after the procedure. Like any other type of surgery, there are some potential risks involved in deciding to have a neck lift, such as bleeding and infection.
Is a Neck Lift Right for You?
Another thing worth noting about neck lifts is that they aren’t necessarily the right choice for everyone. If you have sagging or drooping in the neck area or if you have what’s often called a “turkey neck,” you might be a good candidate for the surgery.
But there are other factors to consider. One thing to think about is your schedule. Can you take time off from work for about a week? What about other commitments, such as children or pets at home? Would you be able to find someone to take care of them while you rest up and recover from your neck lift?
Your health in general also influences whether or not a neck lift surgery is right for you. Usually, the best candidates for the procedure are in good health, without any unmanaged chronic conditions. Neck lifts and other types of facial plastic surgery are usually only recommended to people who aren’t active smokers.
If you’re not a good candidate for a neck lift now, that doesn’t mean that you won’t be a good candidate for the surgery in the future. If you’re interested in the procedure, but your surgeon says it’s not quite the right time yet, you can discuss ways to prepare and make yourself a better candidate for the procedure.
Feeling self-conscious about your neck and want to learn more about neck lift surgery? Dr. Michael Schwartz can help. He’s a board-certified facial plastic surgeon practicing in West Palm Beach, Florida. He is always happy to help patients plan and prepare for neck lifts and other facial plastic surgeries. To schedule a consultation, call 561-655-5562 today.