A neck lift is a cosmetic procedure that enhances the appearance of the neck for a slimmer and younger look. It removes excess fat and skin around the neck and corrects loose neck muscles which are commonly known as neck bands or turkey wattles. This procedure usually involves liposuction and in some cases, Botox injections. The board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Sofonio, offers neck lift to residents of Rancho Mirage and Palm Springs, CA.
Neck Lift Procedure
During the consultation, Dr. Sofonio will discuss the procedure with the patient to determine whether the problem is caused by excess fat and skin or loose neck muscles. For excess skin, cervicoplasty will be performed, but for the latter, platysmaplasty will be the appropriate technique.
Excess fat is removed by making incisions below the chin and performing liposuction, which will take about an hour. Cervicoplasty and platysmaplasty, however, will take two to four hours depending on the complexity of the procedure. In cervicoplasty, incisions below the chin or at the back of the ears are made to lift and trim excess skin for a firmer appearance. In platysmaplasty, incisions are also made to access and adjust the neck muscles to prevent them from sagging.
Neck Lift Post-Treatment Care
Sutures and stitches are used to hold the muscles and skin in place and to close the incisions. The patient will have to wear a compression bandage for at least one week. Dr. Sofonio will give instructions on proper wound care to prevent infections.
Swelling, bruising, and numbness are common sensations after a neck lift surgery, and these may last for a few days. The procedure has a downtime of two weeks and intense physical activities will need to be put on hold for about four weeks to minimize the risks of bleeding.
Neck Lift Results
A neck lift corrects problems of excess skin and loose neck muscles to instantly give the patient a younger and more vibrant look. It also gives the illusion that the patient has lost a significant amount of weight. The final result following neck lift surgery will not be seen for three to six months. After that time, you should see a marked improvement in the appearance of the neck.