The neck is one of the first areas to show signs of aging. The skin below the chin and around the neck begins to lose its elasticity and can develop lines and wrinkles that cannot be reversed through diet, exercise or cosmetic creams. Hanging skin may also occur after substantial weight loss. If you are dissatisfied with sagging, loose skin on your neck and around your jawline, a neck lift may be an excellent option for you.
Neck lift surgery, also known as cervicoplasty, tightens the skin and underlying muscles of the neck, giving you a smoother, more toned appearance. It is one of the least invasive surgical procedures available for facial rejuvenation, and because the incisions are made inconspicuously, there is little to no visible scarring.
The results of a neck lift plastic surgery procedure can be dramatic. Your neckline will appear firmer, more sculpted and contoured, giving you an all-around more youthful, vibrant appearance.
Neck lift surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia and on an outpatient basis. Though the incisions the surgeon makes will result in scars, they tend to be well-concealed and often undetectable as they are usually hidden behind the ear and sometimes under the chin. Operating through the incisions, the surgeon is able to lift and tighten the muscles and remove excess skin, creating a smoother, tighter neckline.
Following a neck lift, patients can expect a total recovery time of approximately two to three weeks. During this time, the patient should keep the head elevated and limit activity, though walking around is encouraged in order to increase circulation. Individualized instructions will be given with regard to dressings and a special jaw bandage may be worn. Patients generally do not experience much discomfort but can expect bruising, swelling and some aching.
Interested in learning more about a neck lift procedure? To schedule a consultation, please fill out the form on this page or call (949) 701-4454. South Coast Plastic Surgery serves Irvine, CA and the greater Orange County area.