Changes in the neck are often some of the first signs of aging in most people. Sagging skin lacking the elastic tone of youth gives rise to wrinkles, and fatty deposits under the chin blunt the angle of the neck and weaken the jawline. Separation of the muscles of the neck can cause visible bands. These are common complaints among men seeking a more youthful appearance with surgical solutions.
A neck lift procedure can effectively remove and resuspend tissues to restore a more youthful neck and a defined, masculine jawline. For patients with only stubborn fat under the chin, liposuction alone can provide an outstanding result. When relaxed and wrinkled skin is the main concern, it can be addressed through inconspicuous incisions behind the ears and under the chin. The muscles can be tightened and repositioned simultaneously with this approach. In some men with a pronounced “turkey gobbler” type of neck, a direct excision of the problematic tissue can be performed with a procedure known as the T-Z-Plasty. Dr. Shaddix will be able to thoroughly assess your concerns and use any combination of these techniques to tailor a treatment plan to meet your unique aesthetic goals and make you look as young as you feel.
Some of the most popular reasons that patients choose a neck lift procedure are:
- Turkey gobbler neck deformity
- Excess fat and skin that blunts the angle of the neck and weakens the jawline
- Muscle bands in the front of the neck
- Excess fat, fullness, or double chin
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During your consultation with Dr. Shaddix, he can assess your unique anatomy and intended results to recommend the best surgical plan for you, which can include which incisions and techniques will be used. You’ll be encouraged to ask any questions you may have about the procedure, recovery, and what you can expect. Dr. Shaddix will ensure you have detailed care steps to follow before and after the procedure so that you know what your process will look like.
The neck lift is almost always an outpatient procedure unless combined with other procedures. The way in which a neck lift is performed depends upon the specific concerns being treated, and Dr. Shaddix will make sure you understand what your unique procedure will look like. Liposuction alone can be performed with very tiny incisions below the chin and behind the ears, and may not require general anesthesia. If excess skin needs to be removed and redraped, well-hidden incisions can be placed behind the ears and general anesthesia will be needed to provide a pain-free experience. If a T-Z-Plasty is indicated, the skin and fat are removed directly from the front of the neck. Though this does leave a scar in a more prominent location, it generally tucks under the chin well and produces a truly dramatic result.
Many times. a neck lift can be combined with a facelift, browlift, blepharoplasty, chin implant, or other facial procedures to provide an even more dramatic rejuvenation. Dr. Shaddix will discuss your options for further facial rejuvenation during your consultation.
Recovery will depend mostly on the extent of your neck lift and any accompanying procedures. As with most surgery, planning for a week of rest is wise. You may begin light activity the day after your surgery, but returning to normal activity will take about a week. Strenuous activity should be avoided for a month after surgery as your neck result continues to refine. Immediately after surgery, a compression dressing will be placed. You will be provided with a special garment to wear at night to help support the newly positioned neck tissues and help them adhere to the new contour. 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.