Cosmetic neck surgery – your best options
What happened to that smoother, firmer neck you had in your younger years? Unfortunately, the neck ages as much and sometimes even more so than the face. For some people, their neck gets heavier and thicker whether from weight gain or genetics –- fuller necks and a double chin run in their family. Others are unhappy with the loose, draping skin of their neck –- typically a matter of the skin losing its elasticity as part of the natural aging process. Still others are displeased with the texture of their neck skin –– often the result of years of sun damage, smoking or poor diet, as can be the case with facial skin, as well.
Cosmetic neck surgery can improve a thick, sagging or wrinkled neck to help us look years younger, help restore self-confidence in our appearance, allow us to wear the necklines we prefer as women, and enable men to more comfortably wear shirts and ties. Here are some options for cosmetic neck surgery.
Neck Liposuction (submental liposuction)
Liposuction is a fairly simple and quick procedure used to remove excess fat under the chin. It can be an ideal procedure for people who are at a healthy weight but still have an excessively full neck or double chin. While liposuction cannot greatly improve loose, sagging skin, it can help to achieve a more defined jawline and more refined looking neck. As such, it is most often performed on younger patients who still have good tone and elasticity to their skin.
Dr. Smyth performs neck liposuction using local anesthesia allowing the patient to be entirely comfortable and without having the risks and slower recovery associated with general anesthesia. Dr. Smyth makes a tiny incision concealed beneath the chin through which he inserts a small cannula to remove excess fat and artfully contour a natural chin to neck jawline. Patients may have some minor bruising or swelling post-procedure, but most return to work within 48 hours and full activities within one week. Results of neck liposuction are permanent provided the patient does not have major weight gain or loss.
Neck Lift Surgery
If you are unhappy about loose, sagging and wrinkly skin on your neck, a neck lift procedure may be your best option. The neck lift gets rid of the “turkey neck” look and leaves the neck looking smoother, firmer and younger.
For optimal results, Dr. Smyth performs the neck lift as part of the lower facelift procedure (Timeless Lift™), thereby improving the cheek area, neck area and redefining the jawline all in one treatment for the complete and natural results that most patients want. The procedure also includes tightening of loose neck muscles/vertical neckbands (platysmaplasty), again for natural results accomplished in one procedure, one cost and one healing period.
Dr. Smyth performs the neck lift (Timeless Lift™) using local anesthesia along with light sedation. Patients are comfortable throughout the procedure and have none of the risks or slower recovery associated with general anesthesia. Dr. Smyth makes a very thin incision in front of and behind each ear, artfully placing the incision in natural creases so as to be hidden once healed. Through these incisions, he tightens underlying muscle and tissue, removes excess skin, redrapes the skin, and meticulously closes the skin with small stitches. Stitches are removed eight days post-procedure.
Minor bruising and/or swelling in front of and below the ears is to be expected along with a feeling of some tightness in the lower face and in the neck for a few weeks post-procedure. These effects cause little or no major discomfort and gradually subside over time. Most people return to work within 10 days after their surgery and to full activities within two to three weeks. Results of the Timeless Lift™ lower facelift and neck lift typically last six to 10 years depending on the patient’s lifestyle. Longest lasting results are among patients who stop smoking, protect their skin from the sun, follow a healthy diet, and get adequate rest.
The Timeless Lift provides a smoother, firmer face and neck for the entirely natural-looking, “younger-you” results most patients prefer. It’s “just the lift” the majority of people need to help turn back the clock on aging.
WATCHOUT: Make sure to discuss expectations with your face and neck cosmetic surgeon/specialist. While a facelift/neck lift can improve the face and neck area, it cannot significantly improve the neck and chest area below the collarbone.