Neck Lifts without Surgery
The neck tends to be one of the first places we show signs of aging. But just because you are gaining life’s wisdom does not mean you have to look old. Neck lift surgery corrects the signs of aging on the neck and the jawline. It often accompanies face lift surgery for a full facial rejuvenation. The benefits of neck lift surgery include:
- Removing loose, sagging skin from under the chin
- Correcting visible vertical bands on the neck
- Eliminating areas of fat from under the chin (double chin) and on the neck
- Restoring a smooth, youthful-looking neck
Our plastic surgeons perform neck lift surgery as an outpatient procedure for patients in Fort Worth. Loose skin is pulled up and back and removed; neck muscles are often tightened as well. The incisions are hidden inconspicuously in front of and behind the ears. The result is an enhanced, more pleasing neck and jawline.
A neck lift will address several issues including the removal of excess fat, the trimming of sagging skin and the tightening of loose skin around the underlying neck muscles. An incision is made under the chin, and in some cases, behind or in front of the ears. If fat removal is part of this surgery, liposuction will be the first step. Next, the neck muscles (platysma) are pulled tight, and the overlying skin is stretched and re-draped to achieve the desired definition. Sutures are placed deep within the neck wall and a drain may be inserted to control bleeding.
A neck lift is considered an outpatient procedure, performed under general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility. This surgery typically takes 2 hours to complete, but that will vary by surgical case. After surgery, there will be some bruising and swelling. Patients will feel tightness and a pulling sensation as the neck adjusts to its new position. Most patients can return to work within 7-10 days. It can take several months for the optimal results to appear and for the neck to look and feel natural.