Doctor’s Thoughts on Neck lift

Excess fat, loose and sagging skin, and prominent neck bands are some of the hallmarks of the aging face. These can appear following weight loss or weight gain, but more often, are due to age, gravity, and heredity. At Pacific Center Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach neck lift has helped hundreds of patients restore a more youthful appearance while adding definition to the face and jawline. We strive to provide men and women with the best, long-lasting neck lift results. That’s why we want to understand your unique concerns and goals to find the right treatment plan for you. When it comes to a surgical procedure like a neck lift, we will be honest about the pros and cons of this treatment option. As board-certified plastic surgeons in Newport Beach, we aim to deliver the best care, from your consultation to your final result. To get started on your journey or learn more about your surgical and non-surgical options, contact our office and request a consultation.

What is a Neck Lift?

A neck lift is a surgical procedure to improve the lower face and neck area. The neck is often one of the first places to show signs of aging, with sagging, wrinkles, and prominent neck bands among the most common concerns. With a neck lift, this area can be tightened and restored to a more youthful appearance. A neck lift can be performed alone or in combination with other facial rejuvenation procedures such as a facelift for optimal results.

Top Five Characteristics of the Neck

Amount of Fat Under the Chin: If your loss of a clean neckline is due to a buildup of fat under the chin, known as submental fullness, then liposuction, an injectable treatment like Kybella, or another non-surgical fat reduction treatment may be considered. Sometimes referred to as a “double chin,” this common sign of aging can typically be reversed and provide a tremendous improvement in your appearance.

Chin Support: A weak or recessed chin cannot support the neck skin, which leads to a “double” chin. A chin implant or precise fat transfer to the area can enhance the neck and jawline. Providing better chin support can improve facial harmony and create better proportionality with other facial features.

Platysmal Bands: There is a muscle on the right and left of the neck called the platysma. The two bands are attached on the upper portion and can separate over time. When that happens, pulling and stretching the skin occur, causing the neck to have a sagging appearance. Surgery typically involves reattaching these muscles to their more youthful position to correct this issue.

Amount of Excess Skin: Both non-surgical and surgical techniques are available to improve skin laxity, depending on the degree of laxity. You may be a good candidate for a laser procedure, or a neck lift may be the best option for you. Excess skin around the neck and lower face is also a very common concern.

Appearance of the Skin: Skin texture and fine or coarse wrinkling can be addressed to bring a youthful appearance to the neck. There are treatments for this, including lasers, injectables, and chemical peels. A non-surgical treatment may be recommended alone or in combination with a surgical procedure.

Other Features: During consultations, our plastic surgeons may pinpoint other factors contributing to your concerns. Many times patients simply express that they “look old” or say, “I don’t feel like myself anymore” but are unsure why. While you may believe that a neck lift is the right solution, our expert team of facial rejuvenation specialists will provide a comprehensive evaluation before recommending a personalized treatment plan to address your concerns.

Who can Benefit from a Neck Lift?

The neck lift can benefit those who are experiencing signs of aging to address the following concerns:

  • A double chin appearance
  • Sagging around the jaw and neck
  • Prominent neck bands

During a neck lift procedure, the area under your chin and around the jawline is tightened, revealing a well-defined chin and jawline. Both men and women can benefit from a neck lift, which can truly turn back the hands of time. To be a successful candidate for a neck lift, it’s important to prepare for some downtime and allow yourself the proper time to heal after surgery. While a neck lift can address part of the lower face, facial aging in the mid or upper face may be better treated with a facelift or brow lift. Dr. Nichter and Dr. Horowitz can help you choose the right procedure or combination of procedures for you.

How is the Neck Lift Performed?

The specific techniques utilized for your neck lift procedure will depend on your concerns and the personalized treatment plan created to achieve your desired outcome. In general though, for most, the procedure involves limited incisions around each ear and another incision under the chin. Through these incisions, Dr. Nichter and Dr. Horowitz will reposition the neck muscles and soft tissue to a more youthful position and remove excess skin. Liposuction techniques are also used in some cases to remove stubborn fat from under the chin and recontour the jawline.

The procedure may be performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with oral sedation, which will be discussed during your consultation. As with any procedure, we work to ensure your complete comfort during the process.

What options do I have for my neck lift incision?

Your neck lift incision(s) will look different depending on which techniques are utilized, which also affects their placement. Our expert facial rejuvenation specialists aim to minimize the appearance of any incisions by carefully and precisely placing them within your hairline, behind the ears, or other inconspicuous areas.

Ultimately, the type of incision(s) depends on whether you choose a traditional or a limited neck lift.

Traditional Neck Lift Incision. This kind of incision usually starts in the area where sideburns are seen, follows the curve of your ear, and ends within your hairline. At times, another small incision is needed under the chin. This is common if liposuction is performed or if the muscle in this area needs to be repaired.

Limited Neck Lift Incision. This technique involves making smaller incisions around the ear and aims to avoid the hairline above and below altogether. This may be chosen for smaller areas, for a small degree of skin laxity, or when performed in combination with another procedure.

Recovery After a Neck Lift

Recovery from a neck lift will depend on the techniques used, whether other procedures were performed and may vary slightly depending on your individual healing process. However, you can typically expect to be back to your regular routine, including work, within two weeks to three after your procedure. During this time, you may experience some swelling, tightness, and general discomfort. This can be managed with pain medication for the first several days. You will be given certain exercise restrictions that should be followed closely to ensure proper healing. Swelling and tightness will continue to fade over the next several months following surgery.

Neck Lift Results

The results of your neck lift will continue to become clear as lingering swelling fades. After this time, you can enjoy your improved neck contour, defined chin and jawline, and overall rejuvenated appearance. The results of a neck lift are natural-looking and will age naturally along with the rest of your body over time. A neck lift typically provides lasting results for more than a decade and increased confidence.

Why choose PCPS in Newport Beach for your neck lift?

While there are many different choices available for your cosmetic procedures, not all plastic surgery centers are created equal. To get the best possible neck lift results, it’s essential to choose the best plastic surgeon. There’s nothing worse than investing time and money into your future and then feeling dissatisfied with the results.

Pacific Center Plastic Surgery we strive to deliver the best neck lift Newport Beach has to offer, we provide the highest level of expertise with our team of renowned board-certified plastic surgeons. Offering over 100 years of combined experience along with the latest innovative and cutting-edge techniques, we provide customized treatment plans to meet your individual, unique goals. We are also forthright about the pros and cons of any specific procedure and how effective it may or may not be to achieve your desired outcome. We take our time to get to know you and your aesthetic concerns and commit to providing the best possible results to live your life with confidence.

Your Consultation at Pacific Center Plastic Surgery

To learn more about your neck lift options at Pacific Center Plastic Surgery, conveniently located in Newport Beach, contact our office and request a consultation today. Our experienced group of board-certified plastic surgeons and knowledgeable staff can meet with you to determine if a neck lift or other facial rejuvenation procedures is right for you.