Neck Lift

Procedure: Improvement in the appearance of the sagging neck. Can be used with liposuction to improve the fullness of the neck under the chin area.
Length: 4-6 hours.
Anesthesia: IV sedation or general anesthesia.
In/Outpatient: Inpatient/Outpatient procedure. Performed in the Hospital operating room
Side Effects: Temporary bruising, Numbness of the neck and lower face, swelling, discomfort, numbness, Hyperpigmentation of surgical, lumpiness.
Possible Risks: Anesthesia risks, Correctable hair loss at the incisions, Facial nerve injury with weakness, Facial asymmetry, Skin loss, Numbness or other changes in skin sensation, Fatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis), Fluid accumulation, Pain, which may persist, Skin contour irregularities, Skin discoloration, sensitivity or swelling, Sutures may spontaneously surface through the skin, become visible or produce irritation that require removal, Unsatisfactory results may include asymmetry, unsatisfactory surgical scar location, unacceptable visible deformities at the ends of the incisions (It may be necessary to perform additional surgery to improve your results), Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications, Possibility of revision surgery.
Recovery: Back to work: 1-3 weeks. Strenuous activities: 4 weeks.
Duration of Results: Does not stop the natural process of aging.

If you are bothered by the signs of aging in your face, a neck lift may be right for you. A neck lift is a surgical procedure to improve visible signs of aging in the lower face and neck, such as:

– Sagging in the lower face
– Fat that has fallen or is displaced
– Loss of muscle tone in the lower face may create jowls
– Loose skin and excess fatty deposits under the chin and jaw can make even a person of normal weight appear to have a double chin

Rejuvenation procedures typically performed in conjunction with a neck lift are face lift, brow lift, to correct a sagging or deeply furrowed brow, and eyelid surgery to rejuvenate aging eyes.

What it won’t do: As a restorative surgery, a neck lift does not change your fundamental appearance and cannot stop the aging process.

A neck lift can only be performed surgically; non-surgical rejuvenation treatments cannot achieve the same results, but may help delay the time at which a neck lift becomes appropriate and complement the results of surgery.

Is it right for me?

A neck lift is a highly individualized procedure and you should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image.

Neck lift surgery is a good option for you if:

– You are physically healthy
– You don’t smoke
– You have a positive outlook and specific, but realistic goals in mind for the improvement of your appearance

Before your Neck Lift

The success and safety of your neck lift depends very much on your complete candidness during your consultation. You’ll be asked a number of questions about your health, desires and lifestyle.

Be prepared to discuss:

– Why you want the surgery, your expectations and desired outcome
– Medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
– Use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs
– Previous surgeries

Your surgeon may also:

Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
Discuss the options available to you for neck lift and facial rejuvenation
Examine and measure your face
Take photographs for your medical record
Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment
Discuss likely outcomes of a neck lift and any risks or potential complications
Discuss the type of anesthesia that will be used

Prior to surgery, you may be asked to:

– Get lab testing or a medical evaluation
– Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
– Stop smoking well in advance of surgery
– Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding

Special instructions you receive will cover:

– What to do on the night before and morning of surgery
– The use of anesthesia during your neck lift
– Post-operative care and follow-up

Dr. M. Patel or Dr. J. Patel will also discuss where your procedure will be performed. A neck lift may be performed in an accredited office-based surgical center, outpatient or ambulatory surgical center, or a hospital. Both Dr. M. Patel and Dr. J. Patel prefer to perform their neck lifts in a hospital operating room with Board certified Anesthesiologists to maximize patient safety and comfort.

You’ll need help

If your neck lift is performed on an outpatient basis, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery and to stay with you for at least the first night following surgery.

What happens during neck lift surgery?

Step 1 – Anesthesia

Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you in consultation with an Anesthesiologist.

A variety of other procedures can further enhance the outcome of a neck lift. They include:

– Full Face lift
– Facial implants
– Brow Lifts to improve the forehead
– Chemical Peels to improve deep wrinkles
– Eyelid lifts
– Soft tissue augmentation to recontour the facial structure
– Resurfacing techniques to improve the tone and texture of facial skin
– Wrinkle reduction by injection

Step 2 – The incision

Depending on the degree of change you’d like to see, your neck lift choices include a traditional facelift, limited incision neck lift or an extensive neck lift.

A traditional neck lift incision often begins in front of the ear near the upper third of the ear, continues around the ear and ends in the lower scalp. Fat may be sculpted or redistributed from the face, jowls and neck, and underlying tissue is repositioned, commonly the deeper layers of the lower face and the muscles are also lifted.

Skin is re-draped over the uplifted contours and excess skin is trimmed away. A traditional neck lift will pull the neck skin up and back thereby re-draping it in two different vectors to achieve the desired effect. A second incision under the chin may be necessary to further improve an aging neck. Sutures close the incisions.

Please contact us if you would like to know if you are a candidate for necklift surgery.