The neck is usually one of the first areas to show signs of aging because the skin on the neck is thinner and less elastic than the skin on the face. A neck lift is a surgical procedure that can help to improve the appearance of the neck by removing excess skin that causes sagging and tightening the muscles around the region
People who choose to have a neck lift often do so because they want to look younger and more refreshed. There are a variety of different neck lift procedures that can be performed, depending on the individual’s needs.
The most common type of neck lift is called a corset platysmaplasty, which involves making an incision in front of the ear and underneath the chin. Another popular option is called a submental lipectomy, which involves making an incision along the crease underneath the chin.
These procedures usually take about two hours to complete, and patients can expect to see results within a few weeks. Recovery time varies from person to person, but most people take about two weeks before they feel completely back to normal.
Keep in mind that many people who are interested in a neck lift are also dealing with visible signs of facial aging. These signs may include sagging skin, wrinkles and folds, and the formation of jowls. In this case, a face-neck lift will provide better results.
Benefits of Neck lifts
There are numerous benefits of getting a neck lift. Below, you will find reasons why you should get a neck lift:
- Remove excess skin and fat from your neck.
- Tighten your neck muscles for a more youthful appearance.
- You can combine with other cosmetic surgeries for a more dramatic transformation.
- It can help correct particular medical conditions such as sleep apnea.
Side effects of Neck lifts
As with any surgery, neck lifts have potential risks and side effects. Here are some of the risks you should be aware of before going for a neck lift:
- Swelling and bruising. This is usually temporary and will subside within a few weeks. However, some patients may experience more prolonged swelling.
- Permanent changes in sensation are another potential side effect of neck lifts. The skin in the area around the incisions may become numb or sensitive. This is usually temporary, but it can be permanent in rare cases.
- Risk of infection after surgery. However, this risk is usually minimized by choosing a reputable surgeon and following post-operative care instructions carefully.
- Risk of scarring after surgery. However, this can usually be minimized by following post-operative care instructions and using silicone gel sheets to help reduce the appearance of scars.
Neck lift alternatives
You might not be ready to commit to surgery. In that case, non-surgical skin tightening of the neck with a radiofrequency device might be a good alternative. It is a painless office treatment that takes about half an hour. There is no recovery time. For best results, you will need to schedule multiple weekly treatments. Your results will appear gradually over 4-6 months after your sessions.
Topical creams such as Nectifirm and Nectifirm Advanced can also be very beneficial. These products are a complement to other procedures and treatments. They also help maintain your results.
The best option for you depends on how much correction your neck needs. Book a consultation for personalized recommendations.