Neck Lift Benefits
A neck lift is for individuals with excess skin in the neck area. Some individuals may have excess skin in the neck and jowl area known as “turkey wattle” that they consider unpleasing to the eye. Neck lift candidates cannot rid themselves of this excess skin by diet and exercise alone.
A neck lift can be performed by itself or with a facelift, liposuction, or chin augmentation. The result of a neck lift – either alone or with other procedures – is often a firmer, younger, and tighter appearance with a more defined facial contour.
When properly performed, the longevity of the neck lift can be even longer than the normal eight to 10 years usually obtained from having a facelift.
Formally known as platysmaplasty; the procedure involves removing excess skin and tightening the muscles located in the neck area. In this section, you will discover:
- What you can realistically expect from a neck lift.
- Whether you’re a candidate for a neck lift.
- How a neck lift is performed.
Once you’ve reviewed the benefits and details associated with a neck lift, you’ll want to set up a consultation visit with Dr. Mosser in his San Francisco plastic surgery office to discuss your specific goals. In this relaxed environment, he will be able to explain to you:
- Whether or not a neck lift makes sense for you.
- The alternatives for meeting your specific goals.
- The step-by-step procedure that you will undergo.
- The outcome you can reasonably expect along with risks and possible complications of a neck lift.
The Best Candidates for Neck Lift Surgery
Neck lift surgery can be performed conveniently for anyone in the San Francisco Bay area. Platysmaplasty is best suited for those who have healthy facial tissue and muscles and are in overall good health. In arriving at realistic goals for your neck lift surgery, you should also take into account several key questions:
- Have you recently had dental surgery?
- Do you have diabetes?
- Do you suffer from cardiovascular disease or high blood pressure?
- Do you have an under-active or over-active thyroid?
- Do you suffer from Graves’ disease?
- Are you a nonsmoker?
- Do you have any medical conditions that could impair healing from surgery?
- Are you committed to proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle, including moderate amounts of physical exercise?
- Can you fully disclose your health history to Dr. Mosser, including current medications, your use of vitamin and herbal supplements, as well as your use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs?
Surgery Specifics—What You Can Expect from a Neck Lift Surgery
Dr. Mosser performs neck lift surgery in several locations in San Francisco. Plastic surgery procedures may be scheduled for the surgery center at 450 Sutter in Union Square, as well as California Pacific Medical Center, and St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco.
The specific surgery you will undergo depends on the unique characteristics of your face, realistic goals that you and Dr. Mosser have agreed on, and the specific conditions you want to correct.
For those undergoing neck lift surgeries, Dr. Mosser uses a modern technique called the isolated neck lift, to reposition neck tissue and tighten excess skin. Using two small incisions behind the ears and one under the chin, Dr. Mosser trims the neck of excess skin and lifts the remaining skin into place.
If necessary, Dr. Mosser also removes loose or weakened neck muscles that contribute to the “turkey wattle” appearance. The skin is then stitched together behind the ear to produce a firmer appearance in the neck. The surgery is generally completed in two to three hours.
It is common for patients to combine neck lift surgery with a facelift, liposuction, and/or chin augmentation to produce a more defined facial appearance. Should you choose to engage in more than one procedure, Dr. Mosser will consult with you on estimated surgical time and the transitions among procedures.
Post Neck Lift Recuperation
Immediately following neck lift surgery, compresses may be applied to reduce swelling. Before you are released, Dr. Mosser will explain:
- How to care for your neck.
- Medications to take orally in order to reduce pain and the risk of infection.
- How to monitor the surgical site for specific problems.
You may be groggy for the first day or two from the anesthetic and/or pain medications. You will also need to sleep with your head elevated with two pillows or a foam wedge for however long Dr. Mosser suggests, probably around two weeks. It is important to remember to keep your head and neck as still as possible.
Your neck and lower face will become swollen for the first three days following your procedure; however, the swelling will resolve within a few weeks. You may notice a change in your smile, in addition to tingling, pulling, burning or cold sensations, but these too diminish over a few weeks. You can return to most normal activities within several days of your neck lift surgery.
Sutures will dissolve themselves or be removed 7-10 days following the procedure, depending on your healing progress. You should not participate in any strenuous physical activity until cleared by Dr. Mosser.