One of the most common problem areas for people who have lost a significant amount of weight is the neck. Unfortunately, when you shed excess pounds, the neck is one of the areas of the body that doesn’t tone up from exercising. Aging can also dramatically change the look of your appearance in the neck area. Even genetics can lead to your neck being less attractive than you’d like. In any of these situations, a neck lift may be ideal for you.
In recent years, neck lifts have grown in popularity as a common cosmetic surgery procedure. If you are dissatisfied with the look of your neck, it’s helpful to know what the surgery entails.
What Can a Neck Lift Do for Your Appearance?
A neck lift can dramatically change your appearance for the better. It addresses your jawline and profile and can take years off your overall appearance. With this type of cosmetic surgery, you can be left with a more youthful appearance and a slimmer, sleeker neck. The following areas can be addressed with a neck lift:
• Turkey waddle or loose, sagging skin in the neck area
• Double chin
• Excess wrinkling of the skin on the neck
• Excess fat or drooping skin in the lower portion of the face
Are You a Good Candidate for a Neck Lift?
While most people are good candidates for neck lift surgery, it may not be appropriate for everyone. Generally, certain criteria can determine whether you are a good candidate for the surgery. That includes the following:
• You’re in overall good health
• You don’t smoke
• You don’t have any medical conditions that may impede the healing process
• You have realistic expectations regarding the outcome of the surgery
Just like with any other type of cosmetic surgery, you must acknowledge exactly what the surgery can and cannot achieve for you. You should always go into the procedure with realistic expectations and a positive outlook. When you have these attitudes, you are far more likely to be satisfied with the results of your procedure.
What Can You Expect During a Neck Lift Procedure?
Neck lifts are surgical procedures, which means you will first receive anesthesia to numb the area. You may be able to choose the option, but the surgeon will also discuss which one is best for you based on certain factors.
The doctor makes an incision that normally runs from the top of the ear to the lower hairline on either side. Afterward, they make improvements to your neck based on what level of lift you prefer. The surgeon may remove excess fat and sculpt the area to create better contours. He can also reposition and tighten the tissues below the skin, reposition the skin and eliminate any excess.
In the case of a double chin, the surgeon can make an additional, small incision so that liposuction can be performed. The area will also be tightened afterward.
What is Recovery Like?
Before you can leave after having the surgery, the doctor will provide you with instructions for your aftercare. Follow them carefully to ensure your recovery is smooth. You will probably have a drain near the incision site to prevent fluid buildup. You may have some bruising and swelling for a few weeks, but it will heal and you’ll begin to notice better contouring of your neck and jawline.
If you’re located in Maryland and want to get a neck lift, contact Allegany Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation.