Over time, our bodies begin to give in to gravity and the inevitable signs of aging become more visible. As we grow older, we begin to notice that skin elasticity decreases and we are left with excess skin that is sagging. Many individuals see this in the neck region and eventually form a “turkey wattle” or double chin, accompanied by jowl lines. Due to laxity of the platysma muscle, two paired cords in the middle of the neck cause vertical banding to occur and is considered an isolated issue.
Many individuals may be apprehensive about going under the knife for cosmetic purposes, however, Dr. Monica Tadros will thoroughly explain all processes and procedures to ensure that the patient is not only knowledgeable, but comfortable over the course of the process.
Neck Lift In Depth
by Monica Tadros, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Neck Lift Procedure
A neck lift procedure is considered to be one of the safest and most transformative surgeries in cosmetic medicine. Dr. Tadros can dramatically improve and rejuvenate the appearance of a patient by removing excess skin and fat deposits from the neck area, and if need be, restructuring the underlying muscles.
Neck lift surgery can help create a youthful, more contoured appearance of the neckline. With the advances made in modern surgical technology over the past decade, neck lift surgery can produce exceptional, natural-looking results with minimal incisions and scarring. This procedure is considered to be one of safest and most reliable in the realm of cosmetic surgery.
Ideal candidates include men and women that are in good health, 40 to 80 years of age who wish to correct:
- Turkey wattle neck – loose, sagging neck skin
- Double or triple chin – sagging skin/fat under the chin
- Jowls – fat or excess skin under the jaw
- Sun or wind damaged neck skin
- Excess neck fat/skin
Neck Lift Benefits:
Neck lift surgery is accompanied by multiple benefits that the patient will experience post-surgery, such as:
- Natural results with no noticeable signs of surgery
- Fast recovery period – one to three weeks
- Long-lasting results – typically five to ten years
- A slimmer, more youthful appearance
- Enhanced confidence
- Virtually unnoticeable scarring due to strategically placed incisions
- Safe treatment – very few potential risks
- Can be combined with other cosmetic procedures
Neck Lift Results
Typically after neck lift surgery, the patient may experience mild to moderate discomfort that may be alleviated through a prescription medication, if necessary. The patient will be required to wear compression bandages for one to two weeks post-surgery that is applied by the surgeon. Bruising and swelling will occur during the healing process and typically subsides within two weeks. To aid in the reduction of swelling, the patients are advised to elevate their head with a few pillows whenever they anticipate lying down to relax or to sleep, up to two weeks.
It is important that the patient understand that they must rest as much as they possibly can for the first 10-15 days, post-surgery. Results improve over time and will continue after the healing process has occurred for up to six months to reach optimal outcome. If a patient’s’ neck lift is performed by an experienced, reputable surgeon, scarring will be minimal due to strategic incision placement.
The patient may then return to normal, everyday activities and day-to-day routine such as driving, working and a very light exercise. It is advised that patients consult with their surgeon before returning to extensive, heavy exercise. A patient’s’ appearance will revert back to normal within two weeks or so, however, this may vary on the patient and their healing ability.
Tighter skin of the neck and a more defined jawline will last anywhere between five to ten years.