Neck lift surgery can correct the appearance of age-related cosmetic concerns on the neck and along the jawline, contributing to an older and worn down look. These concerns include vertical neck banding, a double chin, and loose and sagging skin.
With a neck lift (lower rhytidectomy), underlying muscles and tissue are repositioned and tightened, excess skin is removed, and the remaining skin is pulled taut for a contoured neckline.
How Is Neck Lift Surgery Performed?
Neck lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure, meaning that you can return home soon after your surgery. Most neck lift procedures take anywhere between one and three hours to complete. Depending on the extent of correction needed, Dr. Hadeed will choose from two techniques.
At your consultation, you can discuss your cosmetic concerns and goals, and Dr. Hadeed will evaluate your condition to determine which neck lift is best for you.
Traditional Neck Lift
With a traditional neck lift, Dr. Hadeed makes an incision starting in the hairline (near the sideburn) that continues down the face and behind the ear, ending at the posterior hairline. An additional incision may be made beneath the chin to address submental fat, if necessary.
After the incision, Dr. Hadeed will remove and/or redistribute fat in the area. Underlying muscle and tissue will be repositioned and tightened to create a more contoured structure. Liposuction surgery may be necessary for patients with fat beneath the chin. Next, Dr. Hadeed surgically removes excess skin from the sides of the neck, redrapes the remaining skin, and closes the incisions.
Limited Incision Neck Lift
With a limited incision procedure, Dr. Hadeed only makes an incision around the ear. Once the incisions have been made, Dr. Hadeed will tighten underlying tissue and muscle, remove excess skin, and tighten the remaining skin.
While this procedure minimizes recovery time and scarring, it limits potential results. It is important to understand that a limited incision neck lift is not recommended for every patient, as women and men requiring extensive corrections will be better served by undergoing a traditional procedure.
What Will My Neck Lift Recovery Be Like?
Most patients require four to six weeks for their neck lift recovery. You will have a thin tube placed in your neck to drain excess blood and fluid and will be required to wear a compression wrap around your lower face and neck.
You can expect swelling, bruising, and some discomfort in the surgical areas during your recovery; however, these side effects usually dissipate within two to three weeks. Many women and men can return to work after this time.
During your recovery, you must allow your body the rest it needs to heal. This means refraining from strenuous activities, including exercise and lifting weights. You will also need to ensure you eat healthy food and drink plenty of water. Taking slow, short walks can help speed up your recovery.
What Results Can I Expect From Neck Lift Surgery?
While you may see some improvements to your neck, chin, and jawline immediately after your procedure, much of the improvement will be hidden by the compression wrap and the swelling and bruising. It can take up to six months for you to see your final results.
Frequently Asked Questions About Neck Lift Surgery
If you are frustrated with the aged appearance of your neck, jawline, chin, and/or lower face, a neck lift may be right for you. Ideal candidates are non-smoking women and men, in good general health, and realistic in their expectations for their results.
Most neck lift patients are women and men between 40 and 60.
If you think you are a candidate for a neck lift, schedule a consultation with Dr. Hadeed today.
While a neck lift can be performed as a standalone procedure if the age-related concerns are isolated to the neck, many women and men address other areas of the face to achieve more comprehensive results.
Some of the most common combination procedures include:
After your neck lift, you can expect a more contoured and youthful neck, chin, and jawline. You should understand that a neck lift cannot keep away the natural effects of age. Because of this, most patients can expect their results to last 10 to 15 years. By maintaining a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet and regular exercise (as well as a good skincare routine), you may improve and extend your results.
Because a neck lift requires incisions, you will have resulting scars; however, much of the scarring will be hidden within the hairline and behind the ears.
Though extremely rare, there are some risks and complications that can occur with neck lift surgery, including:
- Adverse reactions to the anesthesia
- Temporary or permanent hair loss along the incisions
- Fluid accumulation
- Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
- Persistent pain
- Poor wound healing
The cost of your Miami neck lift will vary depending on the specifics of the surgery, including the technique used and the extent of correction needed. Dr. Hadeed will provide you with an accurate cost estimate at your consultation.
Contact Us to Learn More
If you have questions about neck lift surgery or any other procedures we offer in Miami, Florida, contact Dr. Josef Hadeed.