As we age, gravity takes its toll on the tissues of the neck. The skin becomes loose and tends to sag, collecting fat deposits and jowling. The neck loses its overall youthful contours, and the jawlines loses its definition. A traditional neck lift is one way of correcting these problems. A neck lift will remove excess skin, stiffen skin and muscle tissue, lift and tighten jowls, reduce submental fat, and restore youthful curves to the neck. Rejuvenation procedures that can be performed in conjunction with a neck lift are: a brow lift, to correct a sagging or deeply furrowed brow, fat transfer, to add fullness to the lips and cheeks and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, or eyelid surgery, to rejuvenate aging eyes.
Dr. Malek will choose the best option for anesthesia however intravenous sedation and general anesthesia are generally administered. Neck lifts effect the lower face and jawline as well as the neck.
With an incision made at the front of the earlobe, it continues around the ear and down the lower scalp. The skin is lifted and drawn tighter, slimming the neck and jaw lines. Excess skin will be trimmed, and fatty tissue removed for a younger more defined jaw. This procedure effects the lower face along the jaws and neck.
Generally, it will be safe to return to daily activities after 2 weeks of proper recovery. Bruising and swelling are common for the first two days and will begin to fade after. Patients are usually up and about 1-2 days after surgery and bandages are removed on the second or third day. Patients can shower and wash hair normally after the bandages are removed. Keeping your head elevated 2-3 days after surgery will help reduce swelling. It is a good idea to be relatively inactive for the first week of recovery, but patients usually return to work in about 7 to 10 days. Energetic activities that elevate blood pressure should be avoided for several weeks. It is important to protect skin from the sun during the recovery period.
Ideal candidates have realistic expectations for the procedure, are in good medical health, can commit to proper recovery time, desire a sleeker neck with a distinct jawline, have excess skin and fat in your neck, and/or your neck has developed folds and lines.
The laser face lift is an excellent procedure for those who just need a little snugging around the neck and jaw line, but it does have its limits. Those with moderate to severe sagging should consider a more traditional approach as the non-surgical face lift can only tighten the skin moderately.
As with any operational surgery, scaring is unavoidable. The incision will be placed in the most inconspicuous locations so that they can be well hidden in the natural folds of the body. They can also be minimized with proper care and recovery to the point that they may be unnoticeable.
Pricing varies based on body and skin types along with combined procedures performed. Please call or schedule a consultation for more information.
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