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Often, the neck is the first place on the body to show signs of aging. It is not unusual for fine lines and wrinkles on the neck to appear years ahead of similar lines on the face. There are several reasons for this, including genetics and the different composition of the skin in these areas. But often it is simply because we tend to care for and protect our facial skin more diligently than that on the neck, even though the neck receives nearly as much exposure to the elements as the face. Once signs of aging are observed on the neck, irreversible damage has been done. A neck lift can help restore the texture of your neck and bring it into harmony with a more youthful face. Very often, a neck lift is accompanied by a face lift or rhytidectomy.
A neck lift, or lower rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure to improve loose sagging skin around the neck (waddle) or excess fatty deposits under the chin (double chin). These conditions can occur due to the natural process of aging, gravity, stress or heredity and can contribute to the loss of the youthful contours of the neck.
You may opt for a neck lift (versus a full facelift) if your only concern is the jaw and neckline that cause a "turkey neck" or double chin or if you feel that the neck line does not match the more youthful appearance of your upper facial features. Often times, a neck lift will be done in conjunction with a facelift and/or other facial surgery.
For some, it may be just a matter of a relatively small amount of loose skin under the neck, in which case Kybella, a non-surgical option, may be a good choice.
See before and after photos in our GALLERY.
Candidates for Neck Lift Surgery (Lower Rhytidectomy)
You may be a good candidate for a neck lift if:
- you are troubled by the appearance of loose sagging skin around your neck
- you are troubled by the appearance of excess fat deposits under your chin
- you feel that your neck does not match the more youthful contours of your face
As with any surgical procedure, it's a big plus for candidates who are non-smokers and who maintain good habits for nutrition and fitness.
Procedure for Neck Lift Surgery
Dr. Silberg will do your neck lift under conscious sedation that will be administered by an anesthesiologist in our accredited surgical facility. For minor revisions, he may use local anesthesia.
The method Dr. Silberg uses for your neck lift will largely depend on the degree of change that will be made and your particular anatomy. There are two types of incisions that can be used: 1) a traditional neck lift incision; and 2) a limited neck lift incision.
The type of incision used will be based on your individual situation. During the neck lift, fat and tissue may be sculpted or redistributed and underlying tissues of the neck may be repositioned and muscle tightened. Skin is redraped and excess skin is trimmed away. Sutures and/or skin adhesives are used to close the incisions.
The incision lines from the neck lift will be well concealed within the hairline and in the natural contours of the ear.
You must have a ride home after your surgery and you should plan on having someone stay with you through the first day.
Recovery from Neck Lift Surgery
After your procedure, you will be taken into recovery and carefully monitored. A bandage might be placed around your neck and face for support to minimize swelling and bruising. A thin tube may be temporarily placed to drain any excess fluid that may collect under the skin. You will need to keep your head straight and elevated to minimize swelling.
Before leaving, you will be given specific instructions for aftercare and follow-up. After you have gone home, Dr. Silberg will be available 24/7 to respond to any concerns should they arise.
You should plan for restricted activity for three weeks to a month following your procedure.
Learn More about Neck Lift Surgery
To learn more about neck lift surgery or to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Silberg, call our office at (707) 528-0911 or submit our confidential online form today!