The neck lift is a general term used for rejuvenating the neckline to create a more youthful attractive appearance. Consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in neck lift procedures is important to ensure you are receiving the best advice, care, and surgical experience possible. An experienced plastic surgeon will explain all of the neck lift options available and will help guide you through the decision making process.
At Pacific Center for Plastic Surgery the best neck lift recommendation for you will depend on your needs, desires, overall health, and most importantly a physical examination of your face and neck.
Five main features will be evaluated to determine the best options for improving your neckline.
If present, liposuction will be recommended to remove the fat. Younger individuals with good skin quality are usually candidates for liposuction alone. Their skin has the ability to contract after surgery. Older individuals with skin laxity issues may require a skin tightening procedure in conjunction with liposuction, because their skin won't have the ability to tighten on its own.
In some cases the banding is quite evident and in other cases the banding may be hidden beneath large amounts of excess fat and skin. In either situation a platysmaplasty will be necessary to correct the problem and provide the best long term results. Patients with minor banding can be treated non-surgically with Botox® or Dysport®, but requires a minimum of 3-4 treatments per year.
These two factors help determine the best overall treatment plan for rejuvenating the neck.
During the examination the chin will be evaluated along with the neck and jawline. A weak chin means there is not adequate chin support for the skin along the neck line. In younger individuals a chin implant alone is usually all that is needed to improve the appearance of the neck. Subsequently, it will also improve the overall balance of the face and can create the illusion of a smaller nose. As a stand-alone procedure, chin augmentation can be performed in the office under local anesthesia. For individuals with signs of aging in the neck, a chin implant added to one of the recommended procedures above, will provide optimal results.
Although not commonly seen in most patients, if present, then partial resection is usually the best solution for contour improvement.
In summary, selecting the most experienced and qualified neck lift surgeon is essential to ensuring you will have not only a positive experience, but a long lasting natural result. The best neck lift surgeon will evaluate both your anatomical features and aesthetic goals to determine which neck lift procedure best suits your individual needs. In some cases your plastic surgeon may give you more than one option to choose from. Understanding the pros and cons of each option is key to making your decision.
Contact us for a consultation with a Newport Beach plastic surgeon at our office.