The skin of the neck loses its elasticity due to age, weight loss, sun damage, and other factors. This can cause excess skin to build up in the neck and give off a sagging, wrinkled appearance, often referred to as “turkey neck.” Fortunately, Dr. Ali Sepehr can correct this with neck lift surgery, a procedure designed to tighten and smooth out the neck skin for a more youthful appearance. Neck lift from our extensively trained facial plastic surgeon can have significant aesthetic benefits and help you attain your goals with natural-looking results.
Please contact The OC Center for Facial Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation for neck lift surgery at our practice.
The medical name for a neck lift is cervicoplasty.
Neck Lift Candidates
A neck lift is designed tighten underlying muscles of the neck and eliminate excess skin, creating a much smoother and more youthful appearance. You may be a candidate for neck lift surgery if:
- You are experiencing a buildup of excess skin in the neck due to natural aging, weight loss or other factors
- You are experiencing loose neck skin that is significantly lax and/or affected by excessive wrinkling.
A neck lift can often be effectively complemented by a facelift for a complete makeover that rejuvenates the entire look of the face. Dr. Sepehr can meet with you in an initial consultation to talk with you about all aspects of neck lift surgery and how it may be the best option for your enhancement goals.
Neck Lift Procedure
The neck lift procedure begins by making a well-hidden incision underneath the chin. The skin of the neck is elevated. Any extra fat is sculpted and excess skin is removed. The neck muscles that tend to separate over time are brought back together into their youthful position creating a corset or hammock-like sling effect that tightens and tucks up the neck. The entire procedure usually takes about three hours or less to complete, unless it is combined with a facelift. Neck lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia and can be completed on an outpatient basis.
Neck Lift Recovery
Some numbness, bruising, and swelling can be expected after neck lift surgery, but this will likely fade within a few days with the help of a small drain and compression garment. Any pain and discomfort you experience after the procedure can be alleviated with medication. Many patients can return to normal daily routines about one to two weeks after neck lift surgery.
KYBELLA™ Double Chin Reduction
As an alternative to a neck lift, if there is little to no excess skin, or as a possible supplementary procedure, KYBELLA™ can be used to reduce excess fat under the chin. Submental fat, commonly called a “double chin,” can be a concern for many people. KYBELLA™ is an innovative non-surgical injectable that is designed to reduce fatty tissue specifically in this hard to treat area. The results can be very long-lasting and natural-looking, and if you maintain your weight, retreatment may not be necessary. Dr. Sepehr can discuss this option with you during your initial consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Neck Lift
As a service to our patients, we have provided answers to a number of frequently asked questions about neck lift surgery. In the event you have an inquiry that is not addressed below, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sepehr, we invite you to contact us by email or phone for more information.
When should I consider a neck lift?
As the neck begins to age, skin laxity, fatty deposits, and banding (turkey wattle), can begin to develop. If these are concerns of yours, a neck lift from Dr. Sepehr can help you smooth, tighten, and rejuvenate this area with beautiful results. During your initial consultation, our skilled facial plastic surgeon will evaluate your needs, listen attentively to your goals, and develop a customized treatment plan based on your characteristics. He will also confirm that you are in good general health, are a nonsmoker, and understand what can be accomplished by your selected techniques.
Are there non-surgical options?
Depending on your cosmetic goals, there may be. If you are bothered by excess fatty tissue under the chin and have good skin elasticity, KYBELLA® may be sufficient to achieve your desired outcome. KYBELLA® is a non-surgical injectable formula that can break down submental tissue to reduce the appearance of a double chin. If you have loose platysmal bands, significant skin laxity, or a combination of these common issues, neck lift surgery may be more effective. Dr. Sepehr will go over all your options during your first appointment, and together you can determine which procedure is right for you.
What will the scars look like?
Dr. Sepehr understands that patients want as few indications of having had a cosmetic procedure as possible, and with this goal in mind he places the incisions as inconspicuously as possible. Entry points are typically hidden behind each ear, and in many cases a third incision will be made under the chin. Your treatment plan may call for just the incisions near the ears, just the incision under the chin, or all three. Dr. Sepehr will review the benefits of each approach with you. These marks should heal very well and become more or less unnoticeable. We aso offer laser skin resurfacing to help further minimize the appearance of scars, if desired.
When can I return to normal activity?
We know you’re eager to show off your results, but patience during the healing process is essential to achieve the desired effect. Most patients find that they can return to their typical day-to-day activities after a week or two, although you should continue to abstain from strenuous exercise for another month.
How long will the results last?
While it is impossible to stop the natural process of aging entirely, neck lift surgery can help restore a more youthful appearance to this area for many years. We encourage you to protect your skin from the sun and environmental damage, use high-quality products, and avoid lifestyle behaviors, such as smoking, that could affect the results. It’s not unusual for the benefits of neck lift surgery to last as long as 10 years or more. Non-surgical cosmetic enhancements like dermal fillers and laser skin resurfacing treatment can also help extend the outcome further, which we can discuss with you during your appointment.
Contact us today for more information on neck lift surgery, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sepehr.