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Is a Neck Lift Right for You?

woman caressing neckIt’s no secret that as you age your appearance will change, too. Over the years, as your skin loses its elasticity it can wrinkle and sag, making you look older than you actually are. A neck lift can help erase signs of aging and restore your youthful appearance with a smoother, slimmer profile. Learn more about neck lifts so you can decide if this common procedure is right for you.

Who’s a Good Candidate for a Neck Lift?

A cosmetic surgeon can make treatment recommendations based on your specific goals and needs. All of those options should be considered before creating your treatment plan.

There are a number of options available today, from minimally invasive techniques, such as Botox®, Kybella® injections and dermal fillers, to more traditional neck lift surgery. While less invasive techniques may work well for most, neck lift surgery will likely provide more dramatic and permanent results for common problems like double chin, neckbands and sagging jowls.

If you’re in good health and want to improve the profile and appearance of your neck, you may be a good candidate for surgery.

Does Having a Neck Lift Mean I Also Need a Facelift?

The answer depends on your unique anatomy. Most of the time, patients can address their necks without making any changes to their face at all. Simply tightening the muscles and removing excess skin can effectively create a new profile along your jawline.

What Happens During a Neck Lift?

While a neck lift can usually be done as an outpatient procedure, the surgery can take several hours. During the procedure, your surgeon will make several small incisions, which will depend in large part on how much skin and muscle needs to be tightened or removed. These incisions are generally not noticeable and will be carefully placed by your surgeon for minimal scarring. Your incisions may be placed:

  • Along your hairline
  • Around your ear
  • Under your chin

Your surgeon will discuss where your incisions will be placed prior to your surgery so you know exactly what to expect.

How Long Will It Take Me to Recover From a Neck Lift?

After a neck lift, you can expect a recovery period of about two weeks. There will be some bruising and swelling along the front of your neck and behind your ears during the first week post surgery. Your sutures will likely be removed in the first week as well – between 7 and 10 days after surgery.

How Can I Improve Recovery After a Neck Lift?

It’s important to follow your surgeon’s instructions after your neck lift to ensure successful results and a healthy recovery. Your doctor and care team will share specific instructions to follow after your surgery. These may include:

  • Asking someone to stay with you during the first 24 hours after your surgery to help you rest and recover
  • Having a supply of gauze and towels to change any bandaging as directed by your surgeon
  • Keeping your head propped up in a comfortable position to promote circulation and reduce swelling
  • Taking at least one week off from work to help your body rest and recover
  • Using ice packs to reduce swelling
  • Wearing loose, comfortable clothing that can be easily pulled over your head or unbuttoned

Neck lifts are generally safe but, as with any surgery, carry certain risks of side effects. Contact your doctor immediately if you develop a low-grade fever or have unusual bleeding or swelling along your incisions.

Emory Aesthetic Center

The Emory Aesthetic Center has expert surgeons experienced in cosmetic procedures, including neck lifts and facelifts. We’ll evaluate your needs, discuss your goals and guide you toward techniques that will offer you the best results. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and speak to a surgeon about the approach that’s right for you.

About Dr. Miotto

Gabriele C. Miotto, MD, is an assistant professor of surgery in the division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Emory University School of Medicine, and the associate program director of the Emory Aesthetic Center Fellowship Program. She is fellowship trained in aesthetic and oculoplastic surgery and certified by the Georgia Composite Medical Board as well as the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Miotto is also certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners.

 

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