A neck lift is a cosmetic surgical procedure that lifts the skin and underlying tissues of the neck into a more youthful and toned position to create a more attractive and slender appearance.
Age or sometimes a significant weight loss can create stretched out, saggy skin below the chin that resembles the neck of a turkey – what some have termed a “turkey wattle” or “turkey neck”. A neck lift is long term solution, ideal for anyone unhappy with the appearance of their neck due to sagging, excess skin, or deep and noticeable necklines (a.k.a. necklace lines).
A properly performed neck lift will include pulling tight the muscles and soft tissue of the neck to create a toned and sculpted look. Often stubborn pockets of fat can be removed with liposuction and sagging excess skin can be trimmed before the skin is draped back and re-positioned in a more attractive and youthful position. The incisions for traditional neck lifts are typically made in the hairline near the sideburns that continue down around to the back of the ear and stopping in the posterior hairline.
Recovery from a neck lift can vary depending the extent of correction that took place and whether or not it was combined with other procedures such as a face lift or liposuction.
Immediately following the surgery, the neck and face will be gently bandaged to minimize swelling and bruising. If necessary, a thin tube may be placed partially under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid from under the skin as the area heals.
As with most facial procedures, rest and keeping the head elevated and avoiding strenuous activities as much as possible will improve healing and minimize swelling.
A neck lift, such as ones done by Dr. Marshak, will result in a well-contoured, slender jawline and neck region that has a natural and youthful appearance. A properly conducted neck lift by a skilled and experienced surgeon, like Dr. Marshak can restore not only youth and beauty but self-confidence and an overall improved self-image.
Are you unhappy with excess, sagging skin in your neck region that is making you look older or heavier than you’d like? If so, contact Dr. Marshak’s Palm Desert office today for a consultation to hear the options available for you!