Does your neck show your age before your face does? This is a common complaint. While there are creams and non-surgical procedures to target this, they only help slow the loss of elasticity in the skin. A neck lift, or lower rhytidectomy, is the only way to restore a youthful appearance. Let’s take a look at what to expect from a neck lift.
If you’re ready to rid yourself of your “turkey neck” then there are a few factors that make you a good candidate for a neck lift. It is important to have a realistic expectation and know that the surgery will improve the look of your neck and jaw but will not stop the aging process. If your neck doesn’t match your face, this procedure could be a good fit.
During your consultation, you will discuss cost, any questions you may have, your expectation of results and other general health questions. This is the time to be sure you are making the right choice in procedure and see if you need or would like to pair your neck lift with any other procedures such as an eyelid surgery or brow lift. You will also decide if you need a traditional incision or limited incision.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, “a traditional neck lift incision often begins in the hairline at the level of the sideburn, continues down and around the ear and ends in the posterior hair. Fat may be sculpted or redistributed from the jowls and neck. The tissue underlying the neck skin is repositioned, and commonly the platysma muscle is tightened. Skin is redraped over the uplifted contours and excess skin is trimmed away. A separate incision under the chin is often necessary for liposuction of this area and for repair of the muscle.”
A limited incision usually takes place just by the ear which results in less incisions and recovery but alos reaps less result.
After your incisions and repositioning is complete, the incisions are closed with sutures and aftercare will be explained.
Your recovery can take up to six weeks before you can resume normal activities. However, you can usually resume work and light activity after one or two weeks.
Your surgeon will provide tips such as how long to stay bandaged, when and how to change the bandage and any other information they think is important to your healing process.
Your results will take a few weeks to show as the swelling and bruising may not show the true appearance of your neck.
If you’re ready to have a younger-looking neck, schedule your consultation with Dr. Bernacki today.