Is it Time for a Neck Lift?

If you’ve ever complained of a double chin, jowls or the dreaded “turkey wattle,” a neck lift might be just what you need. As far as cosmetic surgeries go, few other procedures can have as great an impact on a person’s appearance. After all, what good is a youthful, sculpted face if your eyes are immediately drawn to sagging skin just below? Luckily, there are a number of neck lift strategies available today, making it easier than ever for your surgeon to help you achieve the results you want.

Neck Lift Strategies

Since our faces and necks tend to age in harmony, chances are if your neck needs rejuvenation, you likely feel other areas of your face need a boost as well. However, if you notice your neck has aged significantly faster than your face, a neck lift may be all you need.

There are three key issues that contribute to an aged appearance of the neck — extra fat, excess skin and deteriorating neck muscles. A neck lift, or lower rhytidectomy, can address all three issues and be performed as a stand-alone surgery, or done in combination with other cosmetic procedures, such as a face lift, brow lift or dermal fillers.

Get Rid of Extra Fat

If you have extra fat between the skin and the muscles of your neck, known as subcutaneous fat, it can easily be removed using liposuction. However, if you have excess fat that’s deep down to the muscle, liposuction won’t work. This fat can only be safely removed with your surgeon making a one- to two-inch incision under your chin so that they can clearly see the area they are treating.

Repair Muscle Damage

The platysma muscles run down the sides of your neck from your jaw to your shoulder. The edges of these two muscles meet in the middle of your neck. Often with aging, these edges can separate — creating two bands that hang between the chin and the bottom of your neck. Your surgeon can repair the damaged muscles through a one- to two-inch incision under your chin. If excess fat is also a problem, it can be taken care of at the same time.

Remove Excess Skin

If you have extra skin, the only way to treat it is to surgically remove the excess. Your surgeon will need to make incisions behind your ears extending above your hairline at the top of your neck. Because of the positioning, scars will not be noticeable. If you also have excess fat and/or lax platysma muscles, they can be treated at the same time.

Choosing a Surgeon

Choosing a great plastic surgeon is your first step toward a safe surgery with the best possible result. You should look for expertise, experience and for someone you’re comfortable talking to about your aesthetic concerns. Though it’s true a physical exam is necessary — your surgeon will evaluate your skin, fat and muscle — the discussion that happens after the examination is often even more important. Remember that you and your surgeon are a team, working together toward a common goal. Rely on their expertise and experience to point you to the best techniques, but also make your voice heard. Be sure that procedures with limited incisions and scarring are considered first, and that your surgical plan is matched to the specific aesthetic problems you want to address.

Regardless of the surgical strategy you chose, your plastic surgeon should always explain the process, and show you before-and-after pictures of patients they’ve treated in the past.

Emory Aesthetic Center

The Emory Aesthetic Center has expert surgeons experienced in cosmetic procedures, including neck lifts and face lifts. We’ll evaluate your needs, discuss your goals and guide you toward techniques that will offer you the best results. Schedule your free consultation today.

About Dr. Zubowicz

Vincent Zubowicz, MD, assistant professor of Surgery, division of Reconstructive Surgery at Emory University, is a renowned leader in the Atlanta medical community where he has practiced for over 35 years. He is triple board-certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners, the American Board of Surgery, and the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Zubowicz is not only a leader in Plastic, Reconstructive, and Maxillofacial Surgery, but also a leader in patient communication. He is one of the Top 50 Contributors on Real Self, the nation’s premier online communication resource for patients, where he serves on the national media committee. As an advocate for open patient communication, Dr. Zubowicz has written over 18,000 individual answers to patients seeking insights on both surgical and non-surgical procedures. Dr. Zubowicz is a prevailing voice of medical expertise for the Atlanta media, most recently appearing on CNN to discuss the selection and safety of free-standing aesthetic surgery centers.

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