The neck reveals a lot about the aging process. Loose skin and excess fat makes you look older. Many factors contribute to the aging of the neck including genetics, weight gain, and sun exposure. Turn that around with a neck lift.
Don’t waste your time and money with products that claim to lift the skin in the neck area. They don’t work. Certain non-surgical procedures may have some effect in tightening the skin. As with most areas of the body, true rejuvenation of the neck requires surgical intervention. Based on a clinical exam, Dr. Martin will recommend the procedure best suited to your particular problem. Below you’ll learn about the different procedures for rejuvenation of the neck.
What types of neck lifts are there?
Most neck lifts require some form of fat removal. For patients with excess fat and a good cervicomental angle, liposuction only will yield a superior result. The removed fat has many uses, including soft tissue augmentation in another location. One of the most common questions regarding liposuction of the neck is “Will the neck skin sag?” The definitive answer is no.
During the procedure, the entire neck area undergoes surgical undermining. This process causes the formation of scar tissue in between the skin and deeper tissue. As this scar tissue (collagen) matures, it causes shrinkage and contraction of the skin. Liposuction of the neck takes less than 1 hour. The procedure does require local anesthesia in the office. You wear a garment for 1-2 weeks and complications are minimal. Diluted steroids are placed into the surgical area to speed up the healing process. To view photos of neck liposuction, click here.
Mini neck lift
This procedure consists of liposuction of the neck, jowls, and lateral jaw area. Additionally, tightening of the neck muscles occurs. To start, the doctor makes a small incision just under the skin. Next, the doctor tightens the neck muscles. This creates a sharper, more attractive angle of the neck. Skin typically doesn’t get removed in this procedure. However, the skin may shrink up due to liposuction. Post-operative recovery is similar to liposuction. If you have a large amount of skin in the neck area, you shouldn’t have this procedure. Complications include some wrinkling of the neck skin, seromas, and hematomas. Click here for pictures of mini neck lifts.
For patients with large amounts of skin, an excisional neck lift may be indicated. This procedure begins with liposuction of the neck and tightening of the platysma muscle followed by removal of excess skin via incisions around the ears. Usually, a facelift is combined with a neck lift because of the possibility of abnormal vectoring (wrinkles) in the face.
Direct neck lift
If you have large amounts of skin, this procedure helps. This procedure involves liposuction of the neck followed by removing extra tissue in a vertical fashion. This results in a very tight lift. However, this creates a scar from under the chin to the base of the neck. Most often the scar heals very well and therefore is very inconspicuous. The direct neck lift is a 1-hour in-office procedure under local anesthesia with minimal recovery. Dr. Martin prefers this technique for massive weight loss patients. For pictures click here.
If you are considering a neck lift in the Cincinnati area, Dr. Kurtis Martin has the experience and skills necessary to achieve the results you desire. With a 1 hour in-office procedure, you can look 10 years younger and 10 pounds lighter!