Neck Lift

Starting in our 40s, the effects of age, sun exposure, and general stresses start to become apparent in our necks. The neck lift procedure is designed to try to reverse these changes and give the neck a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance. Loose and sagging skin in the neck is difficult to treat with non-surgical methods. A neck lift helps to improve the contour of the jawline and slim the neck, giving a more youthful appearance. This procedure is often performed in conjunction with a face lift. Some of the main benefits of this procedure are that it tightens skin and muscle in the neck, greatly improves your neck contour and jawline, removes unwanted double chin fat, and provides you with a more youthful profile.

Is a Neck Lift Right for Me?

If you notice that your neck skin is sagging, or that you have vertical bands in your neck, then a neck lift may be the right procedure to help rejuvenate your appearance. If sagging and laxity are limited to the neck area, a neck lift may be all that is required. This procedure involves an incision under the chin, through which the excess fat is removed and the neck muscles are tightened. Excess skin also may be trimmed away to create a smoother, more youthful appearance.

A neck lift may be right for you if:

  • You feel you have a fat neck or double chin
  • Have lost the definition of your jawline and you want it restored
  • Have excess skin bands, wrinkles, creases in your neck

There is a large amount of information to review during a neck lift consultation. Dr. Dawes will usually spend approximately an hour with you during this consultation to go over all of the surgical details and options prior to creating a custom surgical plan for you that addresses all of your concerns and goals. He will go over risks and complications and give you an idea of what you should expect in terms of results and recovery.

Recovery Expectations

You may experience a feeling of numbness around the incisions. This is normal and may persist for weeks to months. Swelling normally subsides after three weeks, but can occasionally persist longer. Bruising may be extensive. It will be worst at 3-4 days post and may persist for up to 3 weeks. You will need to avoid prolonged exposure to sun and heat for three months to prevent swelling of your face. Your compression garment should be worn full-time for two weeks following your surgery.

Patient Testimonial

“I would recommend anyone that has been interested in any plastic surgery or in skin care to go see Dr. Dawes and his staff. He was very informative answering all my concerns and questions, very professional, and thorough since my first appointment. He made me feel comfortable and I don’t regret anything at all! I’m so happy I went through with my procedure and would recommend him to anyone! Thank you all!” – C.C.

Neck Lift FAQs

What can I expect for my recovery?
Recovery varies from patient to patient, and depends on the extent of the face lift procedure you choose. After your outpatient procedure, you will leave our surgery centre with your head and neck lightly wrapped in dressings, which are usually removed the next day. Most patients find that their discomfort is easily managed with oral medications. You will have some swelling and bruising, and sutures that will be removed approximately 10 days after surgery. Swelling usually subsides after three weeks, but can occasionally persist longer. Bruising may be extensive. It will be worst 3-4 days and may persist for up to 3 weeks. Avoid prolonged exposure to sun and heat for three months to prevent swelling of your face.
When can I return to normal activities?
Most patients take 10 to 14 days off before returning to work or regular social activities, but sometimes less with the more limited face lift approaches. Your final results will be apparent after approximately 6 weeks, with subtle changes continuing for several months.
Where are the incisions?
Incisions are made under the chin as well as around and behind the ears. All incisions lie within skin creases or in the hair so as to be barely perceptible once healed.
What steps can I take to ensure my results last?
It is important to note that neck lift surgery does not stop the ageing process. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and skin care regimen are strongly recommended to help patients get the most longevity out of their surgery results.

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