Put Your Best Neck Forward
The neck is always a good indicator of a person’s age. Time, overexposure to sun, improper skin care, and a poor diet can result in loose sagging skin along the jaw line, visible banding of the muscles beneath the chin with excess skin (neck waddle), and loose jowls which decrease the definition of the lower face and the jaw line around the mouth. Unfortunately the neck is not a part of our body that we can exercise, and surgery is most commonly the only solution for optimal results.
Appropriate candidates for neck lift surgery are men and women of all ages near their ideal body weight who are looking to treat sagging and drooping skin along the neck line. For those seeking dramatic results, a mini neck lift can be combined with nose reshaping, brow lifts and other procedures that focus on the entire face to restore a youthful appearance.
Mini neck lifts are becoming a popular option for individuals who want to rejuvenate their appearance with a minimal scaring and recovery time. Those who undergo the procedure can improve the contours of the neckline and take years off of the appearance of the face. The process addresses the vertical bands or cords that form in the neck, excess fat, wrinkles, and extra sagging skin that occur around the neckline.
The two neck lift techniques that offer the longest possible correction for the jowls and jaw line are the deep plane and the extended sub-SMAS neck lift. Both procedures can be performed through small “s-lift” and “short scar” mini neck lift incisions. This lift involves an s-shaped incision behind the ear that re-suspends and tightens tissues that form the nasolabial folds, jowls, and extra neck skin. In order to reduce sagging and droopiness in the cheeks and neck, this lifting technique works best to give patients excellent long-term results.
Mini neck lifts are ideal for people of all ages with all degrees of cheek and neck aging who prefer the smallest scars with the long lasting results of advanced neck lift techniques. The surgery is done on an outpatient basis. To ensure proper, expeditious recovery from a neck lift procedure, a compression bandage is used overnight to decrease post-operative swelling in the neck area. A non-compressing wrap is used for about a week and then nightly for another week. Patients can expect to return to their normal activities after a couple of weeks. Always consult a double board certified facial plastic surgeon when deciding to undergo a facial plastic surgery.
Post provided by Benjamin Stong MD