Have aging and sun exposure resulted in loose, sagging skin on your neck? You can reduce the presence of neck wrinkles with a neck lift plastic surgery. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of this cosmetic procedure.
What Is a Neck Lift?
A neck lift—also called platysmaplasty—involves removing excess skin and tightening loose skin left behind. This cosmetic surgery gets rid of wrinkled, sagging skin in the neck area to restore a more youthful appearance.
Are you a candidate for surgery?
The main reason patients seek out a neck lift is because don’t like how their neck looks due to sagging skin. Ideal neck lift candidates should be healthy, as overall health leads to a safer procedure and quicker recovery. Ideal candidates are also non-smokers, which helps avoid potential surgical complications.
What is the best age to get a neck lift?
While neck lift candidates don’t need to meet a certain age requirement, most are above the age of 35. Younger candidates have typically undergone significant weight loss that results in excess, loose skin.
Is a neck lift painful?
Most patients experience temporary soreness and tightness during the first week of recovery. You may also experience numbness, tingling, swelling, or bruising. These symptoms should subside after the second week of recovery.
What is the recovery time for a neck lift?
Like with any surgery, recovery time after undergoing a neck lift procedure varies from patient to patient. Most patients feel normal after two to four months while others take shorter or longer to fully heal.
What can I expect after the procedure?
A neck lift is a semi-permanent cosmetic procedure that produces lasting results, which can be noticeable as soon as several weeks after surgery or as long as a few months after surgery. Most patients can resume light activities within three to five days after the procedure. Remember to carefully follow any of your surgeon’s post-surgery instructions to ensure proper healing.
Reverse the Effects of Aging With Neck Lift Surgery
If you’re considering scheduling a neck lift surgery to reverse the physical signs of aging in your skin, here are the results you can expect.
- Remove Excess Fat: A neck lift involves removing excess fat to allow for the removal of excess skin.
- Smooth Neck Bands: A neck lift smooths the skin on your neck to make you look younger.
- Eliminate Sagging Jowls: This cosmetic surgery removes loose, sagging skin—also known as crepey neck—from under your jawline.
- Tighten Loose Skin: Patients often suffer from turkey neck, which is the loose skin that hangs from the neck and resembles the drooping wattle of a turkey. Neck lifts tighten the neck muscles to diminish this sagging skin.
What Other Procedures Can a Neck Lift Be Paired With?
A neck lift can easily be performed alongside one or more of the following cosmetic procedures.
Also called a rhytidectomy, a facelift involves removing excess fat to lift and tighten the skin on your face.
Over time, skin on the eyelids becomes loose, droops, and weighs down one’s eyes. Eyelid surgery—also known as a blepharoplasty—removes this excess skin.
This procedure reduces the size of the ears to make them more symmetrical.
7 FAQs about Neck Lifts
Do you still have questions about the neck lift process? Check out our FAQs below.
How much does it cost to tighten your neck?
The cost of neck lift surgery varies between providers. Consult your doctor before scheduling a procedure.
Does a neck lift get rid of jowls?
The elasticity of skin decreases during the aging process, causing it to loosen and sag. The bags of loose, sagging skin located directly below the jawline are called jowls. A neck lift reduces the appearance of jowls by removing the excess skin that sags from the neck area.
Is a neck lift noticeable?
A neck lift makes a patient look noticeably younger within a few months of the procedure.
How much younger does a neck lift make you look?
A neck lift makes the average patient look ten to 15 years younger than they did before the procedure.
When can I go home after a neck lift?
You can head home as soon as you wake up from anesthesia and sign your discharge papers. For most patients, that’s just a few hours. You will need a family member or friend to drive you home from the facility, as you will still be groggy from the anesthesia.
When can I start exercising after neck lift surgery?
Don’t start exercising until at least two weeks after neck lift surgery. Check with your surgeon first to ensure it’s safe. When you do begin exercising again, start slow and don’t strain yourself.
What are the pros and cons of neck lift surgery?
The main pros of undergoing neck lift surgery are that patients enjoy younger-looking skin and a boost in confidence. The primary cons are recovery time and experiencing mild pain and discomfort.
Choose Dr. Mehdi Mazaheri as Your Neck Lift Surgeon
Schedule your neck lift surgery at Dr. Mazaheri’s clinic. As Scottsdale’s premier board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Mazaheri will create a customized surgical plan to craft your desired look. Book a consultation today to get one step closer to younger-looking skin.
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