The neck is often the first place to show signs of aging, resulting in sagging skin and visible neck bands. Stubborn fat can also be present under the chin that hides the jawline. A neck lift is a surgical procedure that can address these concerns, resulting in a smoother neck and more defined jawline for a younger appearance.
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There are numerous techniques that can help you achieve your unique goals and correct your signs of aging. For patients with only stubborn fat under the chin, liposuction alone can provide effective results by removing fat cells and sculpting the chin and jawline. When wrinkled and weakened skin is the main concern, this can be addressed through well-hidden incisions behind the ears and under the chin where the tissue can be tightened, and excess skin can be removed. The neck lift is often performed at the same time as a facelift for optimal rejuvenation. Dr. Shaddix will discuss your concerns and examine the treatment area to determine which technique or combination of techniques is best for you.
A neck lift is almost always an outpatient procedure unless combined with other procedures. Your neck lift procedure process will depend on the techniques being used. Liposuction alone can be performed with very tiny incisions below the chin and behind the ears and may only require local anesthesia. If excess skin needs to be removed, well-hidden incisions will be placed behind the ears and general anesthesia will be needed for your comfort.
Recovery depends on the extent of your neck lift and which techniques were used. Immediately after surgery, a compression dressing will be placed to ensure proper healing. You will be provided with a special garment to wear at night to help support the newly positioned neck tissues. Patients should plan for at least a week off work to recover and rest at home. You may begin light activity the day after your surgery, but you should wait a week to return to regular activities. Strenuous activity should be avoided for a month after surgery as your neck continues to heal. Sutures will be removed about one week after surgery. Dr. Shaddix will provide you with detailed before-and-after surgery instructions and be available to answer your questions along the way.