What is a Neck Lift?
Neck lift surgery tightens sagging skin on the neck and improves muscle integrity and banding. This lifting of the neck creates a more youthful look by improving the jawline and removing a “turkey neck”. A Neck lift is often sought by people who are aware of disproportionate aging of the neck, or who have had facelift surgery and are noticing some recurrence of sagging neck skin. A neck lift doesn’t have any effect on the cheeks, although it will tighten your jawline.
Neck lifts can be performed alone, but are often performed at the same time as eyelid surgery, since so many people notice aging changes in both places at once. It can also be done in conjunction with other procedures such as:
Am I good candidate for a Neck Lift?
You are a good candidate, if you’re:
- Over 30
- In good general health
- Realistic in your expectations of the outcome
Can I have other procedures performed at the same time?
A Neck Lift is often done in conjunction with other procedures, such as:
- Eyelid surgery
- Chemical peels
- Laser skin resurfacing
You can ask Dr. Fante about combinations you’d like to have, and discuss the possibilities before anything is done.
What can I expect during the procedure?
A necklift is an outpatient procedure. You can go home the same day, so make arrangements ahead of time for somebody to drive you home.
What sort of anesthetic is used for a Neck Lift?
A neck lift can be done with either a local anesthetic combined with some IV sedation, or with general anesthesia. Dr. Fante will discuss this with you.
What can I expect during recovery?
Dr. Fante will give you written instructions for your recovery period. He’ll also prescribe an antibiotic for a short period and a pain medication.
Will there be any scarring?
All incisions leave scars. The unknowns are: where will the scars be, how visible, and how large? For a necklift, incisions are placed near the ears, so the small residual scars can be easily covered by your hair. If you have liposuction done under the chin, there’ll be a small incision there as well.
We’re all different when it comes to scarring, and it’s partly determined by our heredity. Some of us form small, faded scars rather easily. Others form larger, more pigmented scars. This is not easily predictable.
However, any over-large scars can be treated by minor follow-up surgery.
Dr. Fante makes the incisions as small as possible, and as discreetly placed as possible, for the best overall outcome for you. Each necklift is individualized, and you can discuss scarring questions with Dr. Fante before any procedure is started.
When will I see results?
Schedule a consultation
If you are interested in a neck lift, contact our Denver office today! Call (303) 839-1616 to schedule a consultation with facial plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Fante.