Neck is one of the most exposed parts of the body and at the same time it is particularly vulnerable to showing signs of age. Thus, sagging skin and wrinkles may occur rather early. Sun exposure, weight fluctuations, genetic predisposition and of course gravity greatly contribute to all this.
Neck lift, or lower rhytidectomy, significantly improves the appearance of visible signs of skin aging in neck and facial contour. Neck lift ensures a uniform facial contour, especially in mandible, i.e. the lower third (chin, jawline, and neck).
Extensive and short scar neck lift
Neck skin, which is by nature rather thin and elastic, is restored by neck lift so as to respond to the increased head–neck kinetic needs.
Depending on the severity of sagging, neck lift can be either mini or more extensive. An extensive neck lift can be combined with facelift and accompanied by liposuction in the area under the chin.
Ideal candidates for neck lift are those exhibiting signs of aging such as:
- Excess fat in the chin, the so-called “double-chin” or “jowls”
- Skin sagging resulting in skin folding during neck movement
- Neck muscles sagging resulting in protrusion during neck movement
During neck lift surgery by means of well-hidden incisions, local tissue is redistributed to restore skin firmness facial contour. Platysma muscle is retracted and all excess skin is removed to ensure long results. Neck lift is achieved through incisions around the ear and, depending on the extent of the operation, up to the lobe. Incisions may also be made around the scalp, and, if necessary, a small incision can also be made under the chin.
Neck lift surgery can be performed under either general or local anesthesia – the method being selected by the physician and the subject, aiming at subject comfort and safety during the operation.
After neck lift surgery, a special elastic bandage is used for the first 24 hours to fight edema. In addition, drains might be fitted on the incisions for up to two days.
For the first few days, subjects are recommended to keep their head high (on a second pillow) when lying down and avoid wide range neck movement and throat bending.
Results and Recovery
The next day following neck lift surgery, subjects can return to their daily activities, e.g. shampooing. Edema shall be resolved in 10-15 days and any sutures shall be absorbed or removed. The final result is evident a few months later, when scars fade, and with the right care it can last 10-15 years.
Neck lift cost depends on the extent of the area operated and each individual case (subject). Furthermore, the cost of hospitalization, any pre- or postoperative medical tests required and medication should be taken into account as well.