Neck is one of the first areas of the body where the signs of aging will show conspicuously. A cosmetic surgeon may provide neck lift surgery to restore a youthful and attractive appearance of the neck. In some cases, neck lift may be combined with neck liposuction to reduce both sagging skin and excess fat tissue.
Dr. Paul McCluskey is an experienced plastic surgeon providing neck lift and various other surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures. Patients in Atlanta, GA and surrounding locations have an opportunity to receive neck lift from Dr. McCluskey.
Loose skin, stubborn fat pockets and unsightly neck bands may appear in the neck area due to aging and other factors. A cosmetic surgeon may correct these conditions with a neck lift surgery. If the patient has a ‘jowly’ appearance, it can be mitigated by accentuating the jaw as part of neck lift. The overall facial profile can appear more youthful with this surgery.
Although neck lift can give an impression of weight loss, but patients should recognize the limitations of neck lift and have reasonable expectations. It is only a body contouring procedure, and not a weight loss surgery. When combined with facelift, it is possible to create more dramatic outcomes with neck lift.
Neck lift is usually sought by people in the age group of 35 to 75 years. A candidate for this procedure may have one or more of the following conditions:
- Sun and wind exposure has damaged the neck skin
- Fat deposits below the chin give an appearance of double chin
- Loose skin in the neck gives the impression of a turkey wattle neck
- A jowly appearance is created due to excess skin or fat below the jaws
- Skin in the neck area is sagging
General anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation may be used to perform neck lift surgery. If the neck skin is reasonably elastic, but fat deposits are excessive, the plastic surgeon may only perform neck liposuction. However, where the skin is sagging, the surgeon will excise loose skin and may restructure the underlying neck muscles to provide a significant lift to the neck.
With new surgical techniques, the surgeon can perform a neck lift using very small incisions. The location of the incisions may be under the chin and behind the ears to keep the scarring discreet. Through the incisions, the surgeon will remove excess fat using surgical excision or liposuction. Slack muscles will be repositioned and sometimes a part of the platysma muscle may be removed.
After the underlying neck tissue is tightened and lifted, the surgeon will re-drape the skin and pull it taut. Excess skin will be excised at this point, and the surgeon will close the incisions with sutures. Dr. McCluskey receives patients from Atlanta, GA and nearby areas for neck lift.
Most patients can return to their normal routine or go to work in about a week to 10 days. Until the healing is completed, the patient should preferably wear loose fitting garments that button up the front.