Neck Lift 101: Everything You Need To Know About The Procedure

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As we age and gravity takes its toll on us, we may start to see the skin around our face and neck start drooping or developing deep wrinkles and lines. Since we can’t change the way we age, many people are electing to combat this sagging skin by turning to plastic surgeons for a procedure called a neck lift. People may get a neck lift for a variety of reasons, but the most predominant purpose is to remove the excess skin from the neck, providing a smoother, slimmer, and more youthful neck area.

What is a neck lift?

 A neck lift is a cosmetic surgical procedure that involves removing excess skin and fat from the patient’s neck to create a more youthful appearance – creating a more defined jawline and removing wrinkles to result in a longer, smoother, and leaner neck.

Benefits of a Neck Lift

Neck lift surgery has a wide range of benefits, including:

·       Reduction of a phenomenon called “turkey neck” 

·       Improvement of wrinkles around the neck area

  • A more defined jaw line

  • Elimination of double chin

What happens during a neck lift?

A neck lift may be performed in a hospital, an office-based surgical facility, or an outpatient surgery center. Because this is an outpatient surgery, you must arrange to have a ride to and from your procedure. Before the procedure, an anesthesiologist will administer anesthesia to ensure you are comfortable during the surgery.

The method used and invasiveness of the procedure will depend upon the type of neck lift you and your surgeon agree upon based on your goals. You may elect to do a traditional neck lift procedure or a method that involves limited incisions. The procedure can take up to a few hours. During this time, your surgeon will make small incisions behind each ear, and may make another smaller incision under the chin, if necessary. The surgeon carefully lifts the muscles of the neck and removes extra skin and fat, then closes the incisions and applies a pressure dressing around your head and underneath the chin.

What is the recovery time for a neck lift?

Most patients can resume their normal activities within two weeks of surgery. Swelling and bruising around the neck is common, and your neck may also feel tighter than usual for a few weeks or longer, depending on the patient. Be sure to speak with your surgeon to go over the details recommended for your recovery after a neck lift.

Neck Lift Before & Afters

A neck lift is a wonderful way to remove that sagging skin around your neck that’s been bothering you, and our chief plastic surgeon is an expert at performing the procedure. If you are looking to book a consultation for a neck lift in Orlando, call HZ Plastic Surgery at (407) 548-1231 or request an appointment online today!