Neck Lift Cincinnati
One of the most apparent areas to reveal the aging process is the neck. Loose skin, excess fat, jowling, and wrinkles can all lead to a heavier, older appearance. Many factors contribute to aging of the neck including genetics, weight gain, and sun exposure.
Don’t waste your time and money with products that claim to lift the skin in the neck area. They simply don’t work. Certain nonsurgical procedures (Thermage, Fraxel, etc.) 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 is a discussion of the different procedures for rejuvenation of the neck.
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 fat that is removed can also be used for 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 which causes 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. A liposuction of the neck takes less then 1 hour and is accomplished under local anesthesia in the office. A garment is worn 1-2 weeks and complications are minimal. Dilute 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 plus tightening of the neck muscles (platysma). This is all accomplished via a small incision just under the chin. The neck muscle is tightened to create a sharper and more attractive angle of the neck. Skin is usually not removed in this procedure but allowed to shrink up due to the liposuction. Post operative recovery is similar to liposuction. This procedure is not indicated for patients with large amounts of skin in the neck area. 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 excision of excess skin via incisions around the ears. Usually a face lift is combined with a neck lift because of the possibility of abnormal vectoring (wrinkles) in the face.
Direct neck lift
Indicated for patients with large amounts of skin, a direct excision neck lift can produce quite dramatic results. This procedure involves liposuction of the neck followed by excising the excess tissue in a vertical fashion. This results in a very tight lift but has the disadvantage of creating a scar from just 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 Sharonville or Dayton 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!