The face and neck are not only the parts of the body that the rest of the world sees but the parts that bear the brunt of our environmental exposure such as sun damage and air pollution. Those environmental factors in conjunction with the aging changes of gravitational descent (sagging), loss of skin elasticity (wrinkles), and soft tissue atrophy (hollowing) make the face and neck prime sources of concern for people, beginning in their 40’s and getting gradually more obvious as the years go by. The good news is that neck lift surgery can help alleviate these changes.
What is neck lift surgery?
As the name suggests, neck lift surgery is performed on the neck to improve its appearance and provide a more youthful look. This plastic surgical procedure focuses on tightening the tissues of the neck, including the skin, fat, and muscle, to yield a cleaner jawline and smoother contour.
A neck lift can be performed under local anesthesia but is more commonly performed under intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. The surgery takes about 2-3 hours. Patients are usually discharged within an hour or two after the procedure. Some surgeons allow the patients to recover at home while others require patients to recover in a hotel or in the surgeon’s facility.
What are the Benefits of Neck Lift Surgery?
Neck lift surgery comes with multiple benefits, which include the following:
Skin tightening: The skin is redraped, improving the excess skin under the chin.
Consult a Plastic Surgeon
If you “face” any aesthetic issues in your neck region, neck lift surgery may help you. Consulting an experienced plastic surgeon will provide you with answers to your questions and information on whether you are a good candidate for such a procedure.
Dr. Charles Thorne is a plastic surgeon in New York City with over three decades of experience caring for patients with aging changes in the face and neck.