As people age, it’s not uncommon for the muscles and skin of their neck to relax and deposits of fat to form around the jaw, neck, and chin. This relaxing of the muscles and formation of fat deposits often leads to loose skin that causes the jawline to lose definition and bring an aged and drooping look at the neck.
Restoring a youthful appearance to these areas is possible through a neck lift, which helps to tighten loose muscles, remove unnecessary skin, eliminate double chins and reduce unwanted fat in these areas. Often combined with a facelift the neck lift is also possible to perform on its own to isolate specific concerns. The result, in either case, is a more youthful appearance and a firmer, more defined jaw and neckline.
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When performed as an isolated procedure the neck lift can be performed in an office under local anesthesia, rather than requiring a hospital stay and the application of general anesthesia. These procedures typically last between one and three hours and are performed through a hidden incision in the chin, resulting in a flawless, unscarred appearance after the procedure. Neck Lifts have been being performed for well over 100 years, and have come a long way in that time.
Like all medical procedures, there are some inherent risks with having a neck lift performed. When performed by an experienced facial plastic surgeon, like Dr. Amber Allen, these risks are largely reduced, and the procedure is considered safe and routine. Possible risks include potential nerve damage in the area around the mouth, a risk that is primarily eliminated by Dr. Allen locating the nerve before the surgery, a standard practice. Typically the only side effects are numbness and swelling around the ear that disappears with time.
There are two possible incisions made during a neck lift, one hidden under the chin and the other behind the ear. These incisions are used to tighten the muscles of the neck and jaw to eliminate laxness and restore a taut jaw and neckline to the patient. During the procedure liposuction may be done to remove unwanted fat, resulting in a sculpted and reshaped appearance. Following these procedures, excess skin is removed, and the incisions are closed. There is a particular procedure performed for men to treat skin laxity where a deliberately uneven incision is made in the chin to remove skin in the area directly beneath the neck. The irregular nature of the incision reduces scar visibility as straight line scars are more noticeable.
The procedure itself only takes one to three hours if performed as an isolated procedure. The duration is dependent mainly on the amount of work needing to be done. Recovery typically takes two weeks for all the swelling and bruising to pass. In most patients, a sense of tightness will be reported in the skin under the neck, a sensation that fades with the passage of time.