Your Neck Lift Questions, Answered
As the years pass, our skin begins to lose elasticity and we tend to notice facial skin becoming lax. As a result, excess skin and fat can build along our necks, creating a tell-tale sign of age. While aging is perfectly natural, double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. John L. LeRoy provides advanced procedures such as neck lift to revive aging skin in the neck, smoothing and revitalizing a youthful appearance. As with any cosmetic procedure, it is both common and encouraged for patients to ask questions. Below, Dr. LeRoy answers your questions on the rejuvenating neck lift procedure.
What are the goals of my neck lift procedure?
Neck lift procedures improve the appearance of lax skin and muscles while restoring a youthful look in patients. Overall, the neck lift removes excess skin, addresses neck muscles, and uses liposuction if necessary to remove excess fat to help patients reach their aesthetic goals.
How will my neck lift procedure work?
This procedure may be performed under anesthesia or in-office with gentle numbing depending on the magnitude of the surgery. A few discrete incisions are made before liposuction is used to smooth and tighten skin along the jowls and chin. Depending on the level of sagging you have, excess skin can be eliminated and underlying neck (platysma) muscles can be tightened. After tissue and skin are repositioned and secured, incisions are closed and thoroughly bandaged for proper healing.
Can I combine my neck lift with another procedure?
Yes. Neck lift surgery can be performed on the lower third of the face for both men and women, and may be combined with any other facial rejuvenation treatment such as Band Aid Browlift for those seeking a more comprehensive cosmetic makeover while still maintaining a natural-looking appearance. Neck lifts also enhance the results of other anti-aging procedures, such as blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery).
How long is the recovery period following my neck lift?
Patients are advised to abstain from engaging in strenuous activity for several days after neck lift surgery so that the treated area heals properly without interruption. Any discomfort associated with swelling and bruising during recovery can be alleviated with medication. Depending on the extent of your procedure, most patients return to normal daily routines within one to two weeks after facial rejuvenation treatment. A compression garment will be required for a few days following the procedure to facilitate the healing process and stabilization of the neck.
If you would like to schedule a consultation for neck lift procedures or to learn more about our comprehensive line of Band-Aid procedures, please contact our practice today. You can also connect with Dr. LeRoy on Facebook, Twitter, and Google + for the latest plastic surgery news.
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