As you get older, your skin begins to produce collagen more slowly, which results in loss of elasticity. Throughout the years, the combination of this loss of elasticity and the forces of gravity can cause your skin to loosen, particularly in areas like your neck. If you have extra skin in this area that is making you look older than you’d like, there’s a procedure called a neck lift that can help you feel much better about your appearance.
What Is Involved in a Neck Lift?
A neck lift is a series of procedures designed to enhance the overall look of your neck. Some of the procedures your surgeon may perform include:
- Removing extra skin;
- Altering or removing muscles in your neck to enhance aesthetics;
- Using liposuction to remove extra fat;
- Injecting Botox into the area to reduce the appearance of fullness or banding in areas; and
- Using products like Kybella to help break down and remove unwanted fat under your chin.
A neck lift can help with excess fat, the “turkey wattle” that results from loose skin, and too much skin. Candidates must be healthy and in good shape to qualify.
Get Ready for the Procedure
Before your surgeon can perform this procedure, you may need to stop taking certain medications that could interact with anesthesia or the healing process. You must also quit smoking at least four weeks prior to the procedure to boost your body’s ability to heal. Staying hydrated and eating a healthy, balanced diet will also help you get the best possible results, and you should plan ahead to take at least a week off work or away from your typical activities. Have things like bandages, ice packs, anti-inflammatory medicines, and comfortable clothing ready at home.
During the Procedure
A neck lift can take anywhere from one hour to several hours depending on the complexity of the procedure, and almost all surgeons will utilize general anesthesia, which means you will be asleep during the surgery. After performing the required procedures according to your needs and goals, you will spend some time recovering, and your vital signs will be carefully monitored. Most patients can go home the same day.
At first, the area will be bandaged, so you will not get a good assessment of your results. Over the next few days, bruising is likely to develop, and this lasts about 10 to 14 days on average. Once this period has passed, you will be able to see your results. You should notice less loose skin and a better overall appearance. During your recovery, you should not return to work or strenuous activities until your doctor releases you to do so. You should see the full result of your surgery in about a month, and depending on your lifestyle, these results could last for the rest of your life.
If loose skin or extra skin on your neck is making you feel self-conscious, there are several ways to address this issue. A neck lift is by far the most permanent option, and per patients, it provides the best possible results, as well. To learn more about these procedures and to find out if you are a good candidate, schedule a consultation with your plastic surgeon.