Restore Your Neck With Our Industry Leading Neck Lift Procedure
Several factors can contribute to the need for cosmetic improvements in the neck area. Weight gain is perhaps the most common cause, and far too many people are familiar with that dreaded moment of catching themselves in the mirror and seeing an extra chin where there used to be taut skin. On the other end of the spectrum, significant weight loss can also lead to the need for a neck lift, as the skin on the neck can become lax and not fully return to its taut state even after the fat beneath it has been shed. Thirdly, as we age, folds of fat deposits develop in the jowls resulting in your skin becoming droopy or saggy.
Neck lift surgery at Renaissance Plastic Surgery in St. Peters can help tighten this skin and can give you renewed self-confidence.
What Concerns Can A Neck Lift Treat?
- Excess fat
- Neck bands
- Loose neck skin
- Sagging jowls
How Is Neck Lift Surgery Performed?
Sometimes performed along with brow lifts, facelifts or eyelid surgery, a neck lift removes excess skin which diminishes wrinkles and sagging. Typically an outpatient procedure, your neck lift incisions will begin in front of the earlobe and then trace around and behind the ear to extend to your hairline. After your surgery, our surgeons may ask that you relax for the next few days while any swelling and bruising heal. You will especially want to take extra gentle care with your face and hair as you may have some tenderness and numbness.
Who Is a Candidate for Neck Lift Surgery?
The neck lift procedure is perfect for candidates who are not ready to commit to a full facelift but would like to eliminate the appearance of sagging, wrinkling, excess skin on the neck, a double chin, or jowl lines. Patients who are in overall good health and seeking to achieve more balance in the lower half of their face would benefit from this procedure.
Patients who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant should undergo a neck lift. In addition, health conditions such as heart, lung, or kidney problems that can lead to serious reactions regarding anesthesia may disqualify patients from becoming a candidate. If you are someone who suffers from a history of bleeding disorders or poor wound healing, this treatment may also not be suitable for you.
Are There Any Risks with the Neck Lift Surgery?
Just like with any surgery, the neck lift still comes with a few risks that patients should be aware of before committing to their surgery. These risks can include hematoma, infection, nerve injury, and scarring. Cosmetic risks may involve patient dissatisfaction with their results due to asymmetry or looking even more aged. However, under the care and expertise of our highly skilled team of board-certified plastic surgeons, patients can expect to avoid these risks and manage all side effects with ease.
What Is Recovery Like After the Neck Lift Surgery?
While the recovery experience will vary from patient to patient, depending on how your body heals from the procedure, the average timespan for a neck lift recovery is typically three months. Most patients request time off from work and their daily routines for about two weeks as common side effects, and discomfort may still be felt post-procedure at this time. Bruising, swelling, and redness can be expected, but these side effects will fade after a couple of weeks. However, most patients can return to their normal lives while enjoying the improved appearance of their necks after achieving full healing in three months.
How Long Will the Results from My Neck Lift Surgery Last?
While a neck lift will not prevent new signs of aging from appearing as the years go by, patients can still expect to enjoy their newly improved appearance for up to ten years. After this time, if you are unhappy with the way the appearance of your neck has changed over time, we are happy to welcome back returning patients for a follow-up procedure to maintain youthful-looking results.