A lower rhytidectomy or neck lift is a procedure that rejuvenates and enhances the neck, creating a smoother, more youthful contour from the face to the chest. This procedure is primarily used to reduce signs of ageing, including a double chin, turkey neck and horizontal banding known as platysmal bands. It is frequently performed with a facelift to provide a dramatically refreshed appearance.
Both men and women who have noticed signs of ageing appearing in the neck area might be good candidates for a neck lift. These changes are often due to loss of an underlying dermal structure, which leads to skin laxity and the formation of wrinkles. This surgical procedure reverses those changes, tightening up the muscle while removing loose skin and recontouring the jawline.
Candidates should be in reasonably good health without medical conditions that could complicate the safety or results of surgery. Your surgeon will assess your concerns, expectations and general health status to determine whether a neck lift is the right choice for you.
The neck lift eliminates loose skin, tightening and smoothing the neck contour. At the same time, the muscle of the neck, known as the platysmal muscle, is tightened to create a natural appearance. Small pockets of fat can be excised or eliminated via liposuction, which further enhances the outcome. You will see a slimmer, smoother neck profile, with a visible reduction in submental fat underneath the jawline that is often referred to as a double chin.
At your initial consultation, you will have the opportunity to share your concerns, issues and cosmetic goals with your surgeon. Through a full medical history and examination, your surgeon will determine whether you are a good candidate for surgery and if a neck lift will be the best choice to help you meet your aesthetic goals. You will receive the facts necessary to make an educated decision about your procedure. If you decide to proceed with your neck lift, you should feel comfortable with the upcoming surgery and know what to expect before, during and after your procedure.
We will provide you with a set of instructions to help you prepare for your procedure, which might include:
Your surgery will be performed at one of our private hospitals, and you will be asked to bring a few items with you to ensure your comfort throughout the day. These might include toiletries, medications you are currently taking and comfortable clothing. You will need to stop all food and beverages a few hours before your surgery as well to prevent complications during your surgery.
Our staff will provide assistance throughout the process, so you know what to expect through every step of your surgery. Most neck lifts are performed using general anaesthesia so that you will be comfortably asleep throughout your procedure. Incisions for a neck lift are placed under the chin and behind the ears, with care taken to minimise visible scarring afterward. Liposuction may also be performed with the lift procedure to remove stubborn deposits of fat and further enhance the results.
The recovery process from a neck lift will go much smoother if you know what to expect and you can plan for your recuperation. Some of the factors to keep in mind include:
Potential side effects from a neck lift might include:
Risks are associated with surgery of all kinds, including a neck lift:
At Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery, we will take every step to minimise your risks, so you enjoy a safe and successful surgery and recovery process. With our extensive experience and expertise in this procedure, you can rest assured we will help you achieve the best possible results. Results from a neck lift are considered long-lasting, particularly if you care for the skin after your surgery by using regular sun protection and high-quality skin care products. Over time, the effects of ageing may begin to creep in once again, necessitating another treatment or procedure to maintain your more youthful appearance.
Whether you opt for a neck lift in combination with a facelift or alone, this surgery can go far in helping to refresh your appearance and restore your youthful vitality. To learn more about the surgery or find out if you are a candidate, contact Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery today on 03 9508 9508.
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