If you’re feeling self-conscious about your neck as years go by, you may want to consider a neck lift. This cosmetic surgery can reduce common signs of an aging neck, such as sagging skin, turning the clock back on your appearance.
Board-certified oculofacial plastic surgeon Robert M. Schwarcz, MD, and his team are pleased to offer this procedure to patients in Manhattan and Scarsdale, New York. Here’s a look at the ins and outs of neck lifts, including what happens during the procedure and your recovery.
Reasons to consider a neck lift
Aging affects people’s appearances differently, including around your neck. Genetics, environmental factors, and stress also can play a role in how your neck looks and ages.
No matter the cause, a neck lift procedure can address numerous common complaints, including:
- Excess fatty deposits under the chin
- Loose or sagging neck skin
- Jowls caused by excess fat or loose skin in your lower face
- Abnormal contours, caused by muscles banding in your neck
You may also opt for a neck lift if your face and neck don’t seem to match up. If you’re not interested in or ready for a facelift, a neck lift may be all you need to revitalize your appearance. Or if you’ve already had a facelift and your neck no longer looks youthful by comparison, a neck lift creates consistency.
What occurs during a neck lift procedure
Dr. Schwarcz creates incisions in the crease under your chin or behind your ears. Through those cuts, he removes excess skin and tissue and alters your muscles to form a tighter neckline and eliminate fleshiness or jowls. The careful placement of the incisions help prevent visible scars after your surgery.
Dr. Schwarcz and his team perform neck lifts on an outpatient basis, and you stay comfortable throughout, thanks to local and/or heavy sedation. In all, the procedure usually takes 1-3 hours.
Recovering from your neck lift
After your neck lift surgery, you need someone else to drive you home. Once you’re settled there, be sure to follow your aftercare instructions.
You also need to keep your head elevated above your heart for a designated amount of time, to keep swelling down. Meanwhile, avoid bending or twisting your neck. You must wear a special elastic “face bra” while you sleep for two weeks.
During your recovery, do not apply ice to the treatment area. While the numbness may be tempting, ice can compromise blood flow and lead to skin death. Instead, we may recommend pain medication.
To learn more about what neck lifts involve or to schedule your procedure, call one of our offices to book an appointment with Dr. Schwarcz today. You can also request an appointment through this website using our online scheduling tool.