Unfortunately, your neck is often the first area where the signs of aging skin appear. The skin on the neck is fine in texture, and the neck is constantly in motion. With consistent exposure to the elements and continuous motions, the neck begins to show damage early in life, typically in the 30s or 40s. As the years pass, the skin and tissue on the neck begins to sag, wrinkle, develop vertical bands, or be left with fatty deposits, adding years to your appearance. If you are tired of seeing an aging neck, you may be a candidate for a surgical neck lift – a long-lasting treatment to restore a youthful, firm look to your neck.
What is a Neck Lift?
A neck lift improves the sings of aging along the jawline and on the neck. The procedure works to resolve several cosmetic issues, including:
- “Turkey neck”
- Muscle banding
- Sagging skin
- Double chin
- Lack of jawline definition, jowls
- Lax neck muscles
- Loose, hanging neck skin
Your neck lift will be customized, as every patient is different.
The Neck Lift Procedure: What Should I Expect?
A neck lift typically requires about two to four hours in surgery. Some patients may require some liposuction to extract excess fat beneath the chin or on the neck. If you have excess skin that has begun to sag and droop, leaving you looking older and less attractive, it will be trimmed and repositioned for a smoother, more youthful appearance.
Where are the Incisions in a Neck Lift?
The incisions are carefully placed so that once you have healed, the scars are hidden. The incisions are typically behind the ears, or for some patients, beneath the chin, or both locations. A traditional neck lift is more extensive - appropriate for those with extensive sagging, drooping, jowls, and fatty deposits beneath the chin and upper neck. A mini neck lift requires smaller incisions and is appropriate for those living with the early signs of aging. Dr. Wise uses the most advanced surgical techniques and has an artistic eye that allows him to resculpt the neck area in a way that appears fresh, natural, youthful, and firm.
Am I a Candidate for a Neck Lift?
As a neck lift is a surgical procedure, you must be in good general health to undergo the procedure. If you are one of the many people who is tired of seeing a saggy, aging neck and want to restore a more youthful look, are at a healthy weight, and do no smoke (or are willing to quit) you may be a candidate for this procedure.
What are the Types of Neck Lift Procedures?
- Lower Facelift: A lower facelift works to correct saggy jowls, restore jaw definition, and subtly lift the facial muscles.
- Lower Rhytidectomy: This surgery tightens the neck and chin by removing excess skin and fat, jowls, double chin, repairs a wattle or “turkey neck.”
Why Choose Dr. Wise for a Neck Lift?
Dr. Wise is a double-board certified plastic surgeon who focuses exclusively on surgery for face, head and neck. His experience, education, and skills are above and beyond the ordinary, and he has performed over 5,000 facial surgeries to date – and experience matters.
Dr. Wise serves as a Clinical Professor of Facial Plastic Surgery at New York University School of Medicine and is one of the most accomplished facial plastic surgeons in the USA. If you are planning to rejuvenate your look with a neck lift, you want to achieve the results you envision – looking younger, more attractive, and restored, and you can’t afford any errors. Trust your surgery to Dr. Wise so you are confident in the skills of your plastic surgeon in New Jersey.
Neck Lift FAQ: Answers to Common Questions
How Long Does Neck Lift Surgery Take?
The duration of your surgery will vary, based upon the extent of the corrections needed. Typically, you can expect two to four hours.
Will I Be Under General Anesthesia?
Some patients may be under general anesthesia, while others will be comfortable with intravenous sedation, or “twilight sleep.”
How Long is the Recovery from a Neck Lift?
You should plan on taking several weeks to recover. Most patients are ready to venture out into society within about four weeks. Others may recover sooner. The length of your recovery is based upon your body’s natural healing processes, the extent of the procedure, and how carefully and thoroughly the aftercare instructions are followed.
Will a Neck Lift Resolve Saggy Jowls?
If you have lost the youthful definition of your jawline and have jowls that make you look older and less attractive this can be surgically corrected so you look far, far younger.
Why Choose Dr. Wise for a Neck Lift?
Dr. Wise is no ordinary plastic surgeon. He is one of the few double board-certified facial plastic surgeons in the country and is respected by his peers for his outstanding surgical technique and excellent results. As he focuses his practice strictly upon surgeries for face, neck, and head, he has gained an exceptional level of expertise in performing neck lift surgeries. He has a five-star rating on realself.com and is recognized as a leading facial plastic surgeon.
Will My Neck Lift Look Natural?
The results of a neck lift should appear natural – not pulled or strange. To achieve a natural, fresh, smooth look that appears as if created by nature will require an exceptional level of surgical skill. When considering undergoing a facial surgery, you must choose your plastic surgeon carefully – many plastic surgeons perform a huge range of procedures on face and body. Dr. Wise focuses strictly upon face, head, and neck, and can produce a very natural, fresh, smooth look.
Will Non-Surgical Treatments Smooth My Neck?
While there are a range of skin-tightening treatments available, a neck lift is the most effective procedure for long-term results. An older person who is unhappy with a saggy neck is not likely to achieve the results they envision with alternatives to surgery. Only a private consultation in which Dr. Wise can evaluate your skin quality will reveal if an alternative treatment could be possible.
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