Aging leads to loose, hanging skin and the accumulation of fat under the chin, contributing to the loss of definition in the neck. A neck lift can help you achieve a more youthful neck line by eliminating excessive fat under the chin, tightening the lax muscles, and tightening/removing sagging skin. Although they can be performed on their own, a neck lift can also be paired with other anti-aging procedures. Neck lifts are often paired with a facelift procedure to achieve a more attractive appearance in the lower face and to achieve comprehensive rejuvenation. Facial liposuction to remove excess fat under the skin may be performed in conjunction with a neck lift as well. Our expert plastic surgeons at the Plastic Surgery Institute of Miami tailor each neck lift procedure to suit each individual patient’s needs and to help them reach their aesthetic goals.
What can a Necklift do?
When a neck lift is performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon at our Miami office, it can accomplish the following:
- Remove excess fat deposits
- Eliminate a “turkey neck”
- Provide better jawline definition
- Repair neck muscle banding
Why is a Necklift a Popular Option?
Neck lifts are popular for a variety of reasons. First, they can produce great result as standalone surgeries or lead to dramatic improvement when coupled with other procedures. Neck lifts are also effective in tightening and smoothing the appearance of the skin. Finally, the results of a neck lift can last for years.
Who is an Ideal Candidate for a Necklift?
The ideal candidates for a neck lift are adults in general good health who are concerned about their excess neck skin, stubborn fat, or loose skin tissue along their jaw line. In addition, good candidates should have realistic expectations and factor in time to recover after the procedure.
If you are dissatisfied with your jowls or “turkey neck”, have undergone non-surgical treatments and seen minimal or no results, and consider yourself a generally healthy person, you may want to visit our office to determine whether a neck lift is a viable solution.
If our plastic surgeons believe you are a good candidate for a neck lift, they will take the time to design a customized neck lift for you. The neck lift will take your degree of facial aging, anatomy, and personal goals into consideration. Any additional procedures you are interested in can be built into this treatment plan as well.
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How Do I Prepare for a Necklift?
At Plastic Surgery Institute of Miami, we conduct consultations for any patient interested in a neck lift. Since neck lifts are customized procedures, you can expect one of our plastic surgeons to carefully evaluate your face, including the skin and tissues. They will educate you further on the procedure and discuss your surgical goals. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions. If you end up scheduling a neck lift, we’ll provide you with instructions on how to prepare for your surgery. The instructions will include guidelines on what you can eat and drink and which vitamins or medications you should avoid. By carefully following our instructions, you can ensure a smooth, stress-free surgery.
How is a Necklift Performed?
To begin a neck lift procedure, one of our plastic surgeons will make incisions under the chin and/or behind the ears. Then, they will tighten the platysma muscle and sew it together. Next, any excess skin and fat will be trimmed away. The tissue and skin will then be repositioned and secured with sutures. Lastly, incisions will be closed and drains may be placed before bandages are put into place. A neck lift usually takes about four hours to perform.
Recovering from a Necklift
Most patients experience minimal discomfort after surgery that can be alleviated with prescription pain medications. After a neck lift, you will likely face some skin numbness that will fade away in a few weeks or month.
We will encourage you to keep your head still and elevated for a few days after the procedure in order to reduce swelling. You may notice that your face looks puffy or bruised for the first several days after surgery. Understand that this is normal and will disappear in a few weeks. Approximately five days after your neck lift, the majority of your stitches will be removed.
The first week after a neck lift, you should relax and take it easy. Since your skin will be tender and numb, it’s important to be especially careful with your face and hair. If your job does not require strenuous activity, you will likely be able to return to work in ten days to two weeks after the procedure. In the event you work in an industry that requires you to move often, it may take longer for you to return to work. To help you feel more confident in public while your bruising heals, we can recommend makeup techniques.
Schedule a Consultation Today
To schedule a consultation, we encourage you to contact us today. You are welcome to fill out our “request consultation” form at the bottom of this page or give us a call at 305.446.7700 to speak to one of our friendly and knowledgeable neck lift specialists. We look forward to meeting you and educating you further on how Plastic Surgery Institute of Miami can take years off your appearance and restore your confidence.
Frequently Asked Questions
Patients of all ages undergo neck lifts. However, in our office, this procedure is most common among patients in their 50s, 60s, and 70s. Younger patients in their 20s, 30s, and 40s may also benefit from a neck lift, however, especially if they have lost a significant amount of weight or were born with a neck defect.
While there are non-invasive treatments that claim to produce the same results as a neck lift, these treatments almost always use energy to tighten skin and destroy fat. The results they produce can be excellent, but are nowhere near as dramatic as a neck lift.
Fortunately, complications from a neck lift occur only rarely. If complications do occur, they are usually bleeding underneath the skin, infection, poor reactions to anesthesia, or the temporary injury to facial muscle nerves. Our plastic surgeons will review your medical history and ensure that you do not have any issues such as blood clotting issues or high blood pressure that may cause issues after surgery.
A neck lift procedure is a major surgery that is usually conducted under general anesthesia to keep patients and safe and comfortable.
A small incision is placed under the chin for a neck lift. It is hidden well in a natural crease and may be used to access fat in the neck for other procedures. If you choose to pair your neck lift with a facelift or liposuction, additional incisions may be made behind your ears.
Smoking can hinder neck lift recovery by shrinking up the blood vessels that provide oxygen and nutrients to the tissue and allow the area to heal. Therefore, patients are encourage to stop smoking for at least six weeks prior to surgery in order to reduce their risk of complications. Continuing to refrain from smoking after the procedure is highly encouraged as well.
Patients who are hoping to completely transform and rejuvenate their face may consider combining a neck lift with various other procedures. We often recommend a facelift, fat transfer, and Botox.
Patients will begin to notice results from their neck lift several weeks after their procedure once they have completely recovered.
A neck lift will allow you to look much younger. However, it’s crucial to understand that a neck lift will not stop the aging process, meaning wrinkles and sagging skin will reappear years after the procedure. The process will be slowed, however.