Neck lift surgery is a surgical procedure elected by individuals seeking a refreshed, more youthful appearance. As we age, factors such as gravity, sun exposure and stress all contribute to signs of aging in our faces, especially in the neck region. The jawline can grow slack and jowly while folds and fat deposits may begin to appear around the neck.
NECK LIFT SURGERY: IS IT RIGHT FOR YOU?
If you are unhappy with the amount of excess skin and fat around your neck region, then you may be a potential candidate for a neck lift. The best candidates for neck lift surgery are men and women who do not smoke and possess good overall physical and mental health.
During your consultation with Dr. Del Corral, he will be able to determine whether or not neck lift surgery is a good option for you based on factors such as your aesthetic goals, medical history, facial structure and skin elasticity.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR NECK LIFT
There are several surgical techniques that can be utilized for neck lift surgery. Dr. Del Corral will be able to determine which techniques will be most appropriate for your cosmetic goals. In most cases, your neck lift will be performed under local anesthesia, combined with a sedative to make you drowsy.
Incisions are typically placed under or behind the ear and continue toward the hairline. A small incision may also be placed under your chin. Once the incisions have been made, Dr. Del Corral will gently separate your skin from the underlying fat and tissue so that the excess can be removed or tightened to improve contour. Once the procedure is complete, Dr. Del Corral will close the incisions with sutures and wrap them with surgical dressings.
RECOVERY AND AFTERCARE
You may experience some mild discomfort following surgery which can be lessened with prescription pain medication. Some numbness and swelling may also be present, but should begin to dissipate within a few weeks. Sutures should be removed within a week of surgery and you should be able to resume most normal activities within a few days following surgery. Dr. Del Corral will provide you with more specific guidelines for gradually resuming more strenuous activities after surgery.
With age, weight changes or simply hereditary factors, some people begin to develop fat underneath their chin (i.e., double chin) and heaviness of their neckline. With loss of the youthful contour of the neck, you may begin to appear older, overweight and less attractive. Liposuction of the neck directly removes excess fat in the neck in order to create a more sculpted and youthful neck contour.
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR NECK LIPOSUCTION?
People with mild to moderate excess fat and skin in the neck area may be good candidates for neck liposuction. People who want to improve their jawline definition and lower facial profile may also benefit from this procedure. Generally, people between the ages of 20 and 40 are usually the best candidates for neck liposuction because they have less skin laxity and better skin tightening capacity. This procedure may also be a great option for patients 40 to 60 years of age, depending on the skin tone of the individual patient. When there is significant skin laxity present, a neck lift may be a better option.
Before surgery, photos are taken and the neck area is marked. The face and neck are cleansed thoroughly and local anesthesia is administered. Small incisions are placed on each side of the jaw, or centrally below the chin. The fat is saturated with tumescent solution, preparing it for removal.
The fat that is situated just below the skin and above the neck muscle (the platysma) is removed with suction. This area contains no major blood vessels or nerves, so it can be removed safely.
AFTER LIPOSUCTION OF THE NECK: WHAT TO EXPECT
Recovery time with this procedure is relatively short. For the first 24 hours, the neck area will be wrapped in gauze and tape. Some swelling should be expected for about three to five days after surgery. You will be given a special elastic garment (a chin strap) to control swelling and promote skin contraction; this should be worn for about three days or until Dr. Del Corral instructs you to remove it.
You may want to plan on wearing high-necked clothing or scarves during recovery from this procedure. After healing is complete, you will have a smooth, angular definition around your neck with a clearly marked transition from your neck to your face.
POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS OF NECK LIPOSUCTION
All cosmetic surgery procedures carry a risk of complications. With neck liposuction, side effects may include soreness, bruising and temporary difficulty speaking. Complications may include but are not limited to infection, irregular skin contour due to overcorrection, poor healing, formation of fat clots or blood clots, fluid loss, tissue trauma or adverse reaction to anesthesia.
ALTERNATIVES TO NECK LIPOSUCTION
If liposuction is not the ideal solution for your needs, Dr. Del Corral may recommend a different cosmetic procedure. Possible alternatives include neck lift surgery, platysmaplasty or a chin implant.
I AM INTERESTED! WHAT DO I DO NEXT?
If you are considering a neck lift or liposuction we encourage you to contact us to schedule a consultation and/or treatment at Dr. Del Corral’s office. During this visit we will listen to your concerns and discuss your options. After careful analysis, we will tell you whether you are a suitable candidate for this procedure and inform you of the alternatives and potential risks of the procedure.