Fatty jowls and a “turkey wattle” neck play a part in prematurely aging your face. Sagging skin that accumulates below the chin causes a lack of facial definition, diminishing your youthful appearance. Neck lift surgery improves the contours of the jawline and neck by eliminating excess skin and tightening the underlying muscles.
Ideal candidates for neck lift surgery should be in good general health and have realistic expectations about their procedure. People seeking a neck lift can identify with one or more of the following:
- Sagging neck tissues
- Vertical neck bands
- Wrinkled skin on the neck
- Excess fat under the chin and in the neck
- An undefined jawline
Neck Lift Procedure
Dr. Corbin prefers performing neck lift surgery as an outpatient procedure with the patient under general anesthesia, although he can perform this procedure using local anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. Incisions are discreetly placed under the chin and behind the ears. Through these incisions, the neck muscles are tightened by pulling the platysma muscle together and sewing it in place. Excess skin and fat are trimmed away. The remaining tissue is draped to highlight the new neck contours. Your incisions are closed and bandaged. Drains are frequently placed to reduce bruising and swelling.
For patients with good skin elasticity, liposuction can be used as a stand-alone procedure to eliminate excess fat. It may also be combined with a traditional neck lift technique to achieve a slimmer neck and the best results possible. Liposuction uses a small hollow tube (cannula) to vacuum suction out stubborn fat deposits.
Immediately following your procedure, you will likely experience mild bruising, swelling, redness, and discomfort. Dr. Corbin recommends using ice to help reduce swelling. The skin around your neck may feel tight. All associated pain is controlled with oral medication prescribed by your surgeon. You should rest with your neck and head elevated for the first week following your procedure.
Bruising and swelling should begin to subside after five days to one week. During the first week, you should avoid strenuous physical activity and should only resume your normal routine with your doctor’s permission and guidance. Your final results should be apparent after two to three weeks.
Neck lift surgery yields long-lasting results. Additional weight gain and aging may cause new tissue to develop around the neck. Living a healthy lifestyle that includes diet and exercise will help delay the development of loose tissue.
You may develop mild scarring at your incision site. Great care is taken to place all incisions in easily hidden locations. Any visible scarring is likely to fade over time.
If you are seeking to restore a graceful, youthful neck, schedule your consultation with Dr. Corbin today. Contact our Beverly Hills office at (310) 284-8384, our Brea office at (714) 671-3033, or fill out our online contact form here for additional information.