We live in a time and age in which virtually any part of the human body can be altered or reformed to your exact liking and specifications. Medicinal science gives those of us seeking to increase self-esteem and self-image an advantage. One procedure that is making some noise in the world of cosmetic surgery world are neck lifts. We have all heard about breast, face and even thigh lift, but not many are acquainted with the neck lift procedure (Lower Rhytidectomy). The purpose of this article is to help you understand the neck lift procedure and to shed some light onto the benefits, costs and risks associated with the neck lift procedure.
What is a neck lift?
Despite what many may believe, a neck lift procedure entails more areas than just the neck. The jowls and chin areas are also incorporated with this procedure. Through age, weight gain and environmental factors, the neck and lower facial areas can appear aged, saggy and withered. A neck lifts assists in tightening the loosened skin in these areas to produce a “lifted” effect that gives the appearance of a tighter younger and natural looking face. A neck lift is achieved through the removal of excess skin thus producing the lift effect. This accomplished through a surgical procedure that will be explained in detail in this article.
Who benefits from a Neck Lift
Now it’s time to explore who would benefit the most from a neck lift procedure. As aforementioned, a neck lift does not just refer to the neck area but also includes the jowls and chin. Weight gain is a major contributor to the stretching and sagging of these particular areas. With weight gain usually comes excess skin. It is this excess skin that in turn causes the sagging of the chin and neck areas. A neck lift procedure is surgically designed to remove this skin and make the face tighter and shaped to your specifications. Another major contributor to loose, droopy skin of the neck areas is age. As we age, the skin loses its elasticity. This, in turn, causes the skin to droop and sag increasing the appearance of wrinkles in these areas. With a neck lift procedure, the skin can be reformed to not only remove excess skin but to also assist with the appearance of and development of new wrinkles. Extreme weight loss can also cause the skin to appear flaccid and excessive. The re-tightening achieved with the neck lift procedure ensures that our skin does not droop if you have lost weight in these areas. If any of these factors are causing your neck, jowl and chin areas to appear flaccid and unappealing, then you would most likely benefit from a neck lift procedure.
Consultation and Scheduling- As with any procedure, the first step is getting informed. Finding the right surgeon can be a confusing and grueling task. In the end, you must go with a surgeon with a prestigious reputation but also that you are comfortable with. Once you have chosen your surgeon you must set up a time to consult with him/her. The surgeon will explain the procedure in detail and will schedule you for the procedure if you are and ideal candidate.
Procedure – The procedure may vary depending on the extent of the work that needs to be done and your specifications. The first step of the procedure is administering anesthesia via a general (intravenous) or local (injection/ointment) method. Anesthesia is administered for your comfort and to reduce pain. Once the sedation process is complete, the surgeon will proceed to make the necessary incisions in order to remove the excess skin from the jowl, neck and chin areas. The final step is the suturing of the operated areas ensuring to tighten as the area is sutured.
Recovery/Follow-up – After the procedure, comes the recovery phase. During this phase, it is difficult to see the final results due to swelling and bruising of the operated areas. It may be several days or weeks before the results are apparent and visible. During this time, you may experience pain or discomfort. It is important to voice any concerns or complications to your surgeon during this time. Your surgeon may also schedule several follow-up appointments to check on the status of your recovery and to ensure that there are no signs of infection or other complications. Once the recovery period is complete you should see the apparent results of the procedure and should have a tighter and rejuvenated neck, jowl and chin area.
The benefits of a neck lift vary from person to person. Everyone has their own desire for what they want their physical appearance to be like. However, the general benefits include a tighter, younger and appealing skin on the neck, jowl, and skin. This can lead to a boost in confidence and self-esteem that can ultimately lead to a better self-image. The benefits of a neck lift are particularly effective for those that have experienced extreme weight loss and are left with sagging and flaccid skin. It is also important to have realistic expectancies for the surgery to ensure that the proper goals are set and met.
As mentioned at the beginning of this article a neck lift procedure is not commonly understood. It entails much more than just the neck area. The lower regions of the face, i.e. jowl and chin, are also important regions of the neck. The benefits are achieving a younger and tighter looking skin that looks natural. As with any procedure, it is important to weigh the risks involved versus your desires for your overall body image. Before even considering any procedure, it is important to research and become well acquainted with it in terms of procedure, recovery and results. It is also important to find a surgeon that you comfortable with and that meets all of your expectations. Remember that in the end, you are ultimately the one that holds the reigns of your body’s future image in your hands.
Dr. Amjadi MD, DDS, FACS
Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons
915 Gessner Rd #870
Houston, TX 77024