A neck lift is a surgical procedure to improve the signs of aging in the neck and jawline. Technically known as a lower rhytidectomy, this surgery is performed to treat excess fat and skin laxity in the lower face that causes jowls, excess fat under the chin, vertical bands in the neck, and loose neck skin.
Am I a candidate for neck lift surgery?
It is not possible to camouflage sagging skin in the neck with dermal fillers. You may be a good candidate neck lift facial plastic surgery if you are in good general health and have:
- A double chin
- A poorly defined jawline
- Sagging neck skin (“turkey neck”)
- Vertical muscle bands in the neck
- Neck wrinkles and creases
Why choose Ardesh Facial Plastic Surgery
- Dr. Ardesh has served as a college professor in the head and neck surgery, ophthalmology, and dermatology departments of Loma Linda University.
- He received his training at several highly acclaimed institutions and is a true expert in his field.
- At Ardesh Facial Plastic Surgery, we focus our practice exclusively on facial procedures.
What should I expect with a neck lift?
Neck lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. Depending on your unique needs, Dr. Ardesh may perform a traditional or a limited incision neck lift.
- Traditional neck lift: Incisions may begin in the hairline at the sideburn level and continue around the ears to the hairline in the back. Underlying tissues are repositioned, fat is redistributed, and the neck muscles are tightened, after which the skin is re-draped, excess skin is removed, and the incisions are closed with sutures or skin adhesives. A separate incision under the chin may be required for liposuction and muscle repair in this area.
- Limited incision neck lift: This technique may involve incisions only around the ear. If you are a good candidate, a limited incision neck lift can produce excellent results with shorter incisions.
Neck Lift FAQ
A neck lift is a surgical procedure that improves visible signs of aging in the neck and jawline. It involves removing excess skin, fat, and muscle tissue, resulting in a smoother and more defined appearance to the neck. Dr. Ardesh performs four types of neck lift surgeries which he an the patient discuss during consultations
Under-Chin Neck LiftTM which removes superficial fat from under the skin, deep fat from under the neck muscle, and tightens the neck musculature. The surgery is performed through a 3 cm incision under the chin.
Extended Neck Lift, which includes the Under-Chin Neck LiftTM with additional incisions around the ear and hairline, allowing tightening of the neck muscles and removal of excess skin.
Ardesh RefreshTM which includes a deep-plane facelift with the Extended Neck Lift.
Ideal candidates for a neck lift are individuals who have sagging skin, excess fat, or loose muscle bands in the neck area. Candidates should be in good overall health, have realistic expectations, and be non-smokers or willing to quit smoking before and during the recovery period.
Based on the personalized neck lift procedure that you chooseDuring a neck lift, Dr. Ardesh makes incisions around the ears and under the chin. Dr. Ardesh removes excess muscle, tightens the muscles of the neck, and trims excess loose skin. The neck lift creates a smoother, more youthful appearance.
A neck lift typically takes 2-3 hours to perform. The exact duration depends on the extent of the procedure and whether it is combined with other facial procedures, such as a facelift.
Most of Dr. Ardesh’s patients choose to have their neck lift performed under minimal sedation and local anesthesia. This type of anesthesia does not require a breathing tube nor an IV, which are required during general anesthesia. The reason Dr. Ardesh and his patients prefer minimal sedation and local anesthesia is that it allows for a faster and easier recovery. Dr. Ardesh’s patients are able to walk on their own afterwards without the need for a stretcher or wheelchair. Patient’s seldom remember any of the procedure
Following a neck lift, patients can expect some swelling and bruising, which typically subside within 1-2 weeks. Pain and discomfort are generally mild and can be managed with prescribed pain medication. Most patients can return to work within 2 weeks, but strenuous activity should be avoided for 4-6 weeks.
As with any surgery, there are risks associated with a neck lift. These may include infection, hematoma, nerve injury, scarring, and anesthesia complications. Choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon can help minimize these risks.
The results of a neck lift can last for several years. However, the aging process continues, and factors such as genetics, sun exposure, and lifestyle choices can affect the longevity of the results. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and protecting your skin from sun damage can help prolong the outcome.
The cost of a neck lift can vary depending on the surgeon's fees, facility fees, and geographic location. It is important to note that a neck lift is considered a cosmetic procedure.
To find a qualified, board-certified plastic surgeon, consider using resources. Be sure to research and consult with multiple surgeons before making your final decision.
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