You have begun to notice excess wrinkling of the skin and maybe even a double chin. Gravity seems to be winning the battle in the war on aging. What began as a slow battle quickly accelerated as a result of weight gain/loss, enduring sun exposure, smoking, or perhaps even an illness.
A neck lift, also referred to as a Cervicoplasty, can provide you with a long-lasting solution. By addressing the muscles and skin of the neck, signs of aging become less pronounced. Maintaining a healthy diet and consistent weight significantly contribute to your results, often extending results years beyond the initial surgery.
Both non-surgical and surgical procedures may be employed to enhance the results provided by a neck lift. Ultherapy is a non-surgical, FDA approved skin tightening procedure which over time stimulates collagen production between the underlying muscle and overlying skin to improve the appearance of skin laxity. Submental liposuction, while not a permanent solution, contours the fat under the chin helping to resolve the appearance of a double chin.
A neck lift most often involves re-draping the “turkey gobbler” by remove excess submental (under the chin) fat, recruiting fallen neck muscle bands and re-sculpting the skin of the neck. The procedure is most often performed under monitored anesthesia care (MAC). Our anesthesiologists use a BIS (brain wave) monitor to dose medications precisely. Patients experience no pain or anxiety and benefit from fast emergence, without the usual narcotic “hangover” feeling or potential for nausea and vomiting.
Similar to the recovery of other surgical face procedures, there may be some bruising and swelling post-operatively. As time progresses this will subside. Most patients feel confident returning to their normal activities around 10-14 days after their surgery.
“Dr. Chong and her staff are a delight!” – M.M. (Patient since 2014)
Neck Lift FAQs
I am having surgery to get rid of my double chin, does my current weight matter?
If you are not within your ideal BMI (Body Mass Index), you should try to lose some weight prior to your procedure. By losing weight naturally, as the fatty component reduces, the overlying skin shrinks. This process slowly produces a more defined chin-neck relationship providing a more attractive post-operative result.
Will my scars be visible?
The placement of scars for a neck lift in men can be somewhat tricky. Depending on the extent of the procedure, you may have to shave a portion of the bony area behind your ear, as the beard bearing skin is lifted and tucked behind it. We generally request patients let their hair grow just a bit to camouflage their incisions while they are healing.