A neck that is long, smooth and elegant has always been a highly coveted feature for both men and women. If you look at glossy magazines, you will rarely ever see a model wearing a designer necklace without an elegant neck to wear it. Simply put, a sleek, slender neck is the gold standard of a youthful appearance.
The neck is often one of the first areas where the signs of aging appear: Fine lines begin to form, skin texture begins to roughen up or becomes uneven, and as gravity takes effect, the skin begins to sag. Thankfully, these are the issues that a neck lift can correct with lasting results.
Aesthetx offers neck lift as a surgical option for patients who want to get rid of the infamous turkey neck and a double chin.
Neck Lift at a Glance
Also called lower rhytidectomy, neck lift is a surgical procedure that reduces or improves signs of aging found in the neck and jawline. It tightens loose skin, improves abnormal contours due to the banding of the neck muscles, as well as removes excess skin and fat that create jowls in the neck.
As the neck lift is a major invasive surgery, preparations are key to make your surgery a success. A consultation with our top surgeons Dr. Zeidler and Dr. Berkowitz will give you in-depth information and instructions to help you prepare for your surgery. You will also have a thorough medical evaluation so they can design a customized treatment plan suitable for your needs and desired goals.
Ideal Candidate for a Neck Lift
An in-depth medical consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon will let you know whether you are qualified for a neck lift surgery or not.
In general, neck lift is suitable for individuals who have loose, excess skin on the neck due to aging, weight loss or genetics. The following are factors that may qualify you for a neck lift surgery as well:
- Good overall health with no medical conditions that increase risks or impair healing
- Realistic expectations
During your consultation, it is crucial that you disclose your full medical history and is honest and clear about your aesthetic desires.
Neck Lift Procedure
The entire neck lift surgery generally lasts two to three hours. Before the start of the surgery, Dr. Zeidler or Dr. Berkowitz will prep the treatment area. The doctor will also administer anesthesia, which could either be local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia.
The scope of the neck lift procedure varies depending on your unique needs and desired goals. Our surgeons at Aesthetx use modern techniques to perform the procedure, so there will only be small incisions for minimal scarring and fast healing time. Through the incisions, the doctor will remove excess fat, through either liposuction or surgical excision. In some cases, slack muscles are tightened and a section of the platysma muscle in the neck is either divided or removed. Once the necessary work is completed, the skin and will be pulled taut, excess skin removed and the incisions closed with a combination of dissolving sutures and skin glue. Dr. Zeidler and Dr. Berkowitz use platelet rich plasma (PRP) , a concentrated solution of healing factors taken from a sample of your own blood to jump start the healing process, minimize bruising and swelling and reduce the recovery time.
Neck Lift Recovery
Like any surgery procedure, you will need to take some time off to help you recover. Generally, you will need to take at least one to two weeks to recover.
Upon returning to work, it is advisable to limit activities to less strenuous ones, and avoid lifting heavy objects or playing sports. Pain, bruising, and swelling is normal in the first few days after the neck lift surgery.
Dr. Zeidler and Dr. Berkowitz will provide you with post-operative care and recovery instructions to ensure that you will heal properly. The results of your neck lift will be visible once the bruising and swelling subside.
Aesthetx is renowned for extremely informative and in-depth consultations. To schedule your private consultation for the Necklift or to learn more about the procedure, contact Aesthetx by visiting HERE or calling (408) 559-7177.