The loss of youthful contours in the face and neck is a significant cause of annoyance for people around the globe. This problem can occur for many reasons, including environmental conditions, stress, gravity, and genetics.
Getting a full facelift can help solve this cosmetic issue, but many people feel they do not need this treatment as their upper facial aesthetics are still pleasing. They want to treat a double chin, neck fullness, or excess wrinkling on their neck. So, instead of a facelift, a more extensive procedure, they can benefit from a neck lift.
Table of Contents
- 1 What is a Neck Lift?
- 2 How do I Know If I Need a Neck Lift?
- 3 Neck Lift Techniques
- 4 How to Prepare For The Neck Lift Procedure?
- 5 What to Expect?
- 6 How Long Does It Take To Recover From A Neck Lift?
- 7 What are the Risks of a Neck Lift?
- 8 Benefits of Neck Lift Surgery
- 9 Necklift Before and After
- 10 Necklift Treatment FAQs
- 11 Request an Appointment
What is a Neck Lift?
A neck lift or Lower Rhytidectomy or platysmaplaty is a procedure that involves surgical removal of the fat and excess skin in the neck area. This treatment aims to reduce wrinkling and creasing and help you get a slimmer profile.
How do I Know If I Need a Neck Lift?
You may need neck lift treatment if you have the following cosmetic concerns.
- Loose fat in the lower face, creating jowls
- Loose skin on the neck
- Fatty deposits in the neck area
- Abnormal contours in the neck due to muscle banding
You can discuss this procedure with your plastic surgeon to get more information regarding its candidacy criteria.
Neck Lift Techniques
Plastic surgeons use several techniques to perform neck lift surgery. The choice of the treatment method depends on the goals and preferences of the patient. The three most common ways to perform neck lift surgery are as follows.
- Platysmaplasty: Platysmaplaty, or the conventional neck lift, involves incising the skin from sideburns and moving the scalpel around the ears all the way to the back of the head. The second much smaller incision is made under the chin. This neck lift method mainly involves fat sculpting and redistribution from the jowls and neck, tissue repositioning in the neck skin, and platysma muscle tightening. The incision under the chin is made to repair neck muscles and, sometimes, perform liposuction.
- Short Scar Neck Lift: During this procedure, the surgeon makes a small incision under the chin to access fat deposits that cause fullness in the neck area. This technique also addresses muscular laxity and loose skin. After removing the tissue causing the neck fullness, the surgeon tightens the neck muscles, creating a right angle between the neck and chin. A short scar neck lift may also involve removing excess salivary glands that were enlarged due to a thick neck.
- Liposuction: Neck liposuction involves one or two incisions, usually under the chin or behind the ears, to insert a cannula under the skin. This cannula removes subcutaneous fat and sculpts the neck area to improve its contouring. Liposuction effectively eliminates a turkey neck, removes creases and wrinkles, and improves skin firmness.
How to Prepare For The Neck Lift Procedure?
The surgeon will provide you with complete instructions regarding how to prepare for a neck lift surgery during the initial consultation. This preparation guide may comprise some standard as well as personalized instructions.
Here is a generalized summary of pre-op steps you must perform before a neck lift.
- Get yourself medically evaluated through prescribed lab tests.
- Discuss your current medications with the doctor and follow their recommendations.
- Stop smoking or using tobacco in any form.
- Avoid anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin to avoid blood thinning.
Neck lift surgery is an outpatient procedure, so be sure to have someone drive you back home after the treatment.
Specific guidelines usually vary depending on the treatment technique finalized by your surgeon.
What to Expect?
Your doctor will choose a treatment from a list of procedures, depending on what may fulfill your requirements more appropriately. Here is a brief overview of the procedural steps involved in neck lift surgery.
- Anesthesia is the first step before neck lift surgery. Depending on the procedural requirements or your preferences, the doctor will administer local or general anesthesia.
- Then, they will make an incision around the ears or under the chin, depending on the excess tissue location. Based on the patient’s requirements, the surgeon will choose a technique from the above-mentioned treatment methods.
- After removing the fat and sculpting the neck area, they will close the incisions using sutures.
How Long Does It Take To Recover From A Neck Lift?
The treated region generally recovers from the impact of surgery in 4-6 weeks. There will be scars at the site of the incision. These scars fade in six months to a year.
What are the Risks of a Neck Lift?
Modern-day methods of neck lift surgery are safer than ever and, so, come with a significantly reduced risk of infections or complications. That being said, some risks associated with this treatment include:
- Rare reaction to anesthesia
- Thick scarring
- Skin loss
- Bleeding under the skin
Benefits of Neck Lift Surgery
The primary benefit of neck lift surgery is a refined facial contour. Other benefits of this treatment include:
- Reduced excess skin
- Reduced appearance of wrinkles and fine lines
- More tightened subcutaneous neck muscles
- Reduced platysmal band lines
- More contoured chin and jawline
- A more youthful appearance of the neck from the front and back
Necklift Before and After
Necklift Treatment FAQs
How much does a neck lift cost?
The average starting price of neck lift surgery is 25,000 AED. You can discuss the pricing plan in detail during the initial consultation with a plastic surgeon. Factors that determine the final cost of the treatment include the amount of excess fat and skin, degree of skin sagginess, and the aging impact.
How long does a neck lift last?
The results of a neck lift generally last 10 to 15 years, depending on the amount of neck skin sagginess at the time of the procedure. The longevity of this treatment is also affected by how soon your body exhibits the aging signs.
Is neck lift surgery painful?
As far as the surgical process is concerned, neck lift surgery is not painful as you will be under anesthesia. However, some pain will arise after surgery, which you can manage with the help of pain medication prescribed by your surgeon.
Does a Neck lift leave scars?
Yes, a neck lift will leave scars at the site of incisions, but these scars are generally not visible as they are well-concealed under the chin or behind the ears. Initially, these scars may be thick, but they fade over time.
What is better: a neck lift or a facelift?
Both the neck lift and facelift are designed to deliver specific results. So, the answer to which one is better rests upon the candidate’s requirements. For instance, a facelift gives the drooping lower face, including the cheeks and jawline, a lifted appearance. On the other hand, a neck lift helps achieve chin and neck rejuvenation.
Request an Appointment
A neck lift is an effective treatment to give your facial profile the prominence you want. However, it is imperative that you get this treatment from skilled practitioners with a proven record of successful treatments. You will find such plastic surgeons at EuroMed Clinic Dubai, a state-of-the-art medical cosmetic facility.
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