Many times, patients are so focused on their facial aging that they overlook one of the first areas to often show even more dramatic signs of aging — their neck. Your neck has two disadvantages when it comes to aging. First, it is exposed most of the time to the sun and other environmental issues. Second, it is at the mercy of gravity virtually all the time, without underlying bone to support it. The result is sagging skin and banding that can very pronounced.
A neck lift with Dr. Beaty can fix things.
What is a neck lift?
A neck lift is a surgical procedure that aims to reposition the skin and the underlying support tissues of the neck to improve structural definition and tighten the skin. Neck lifts address areas including the jowls and down the neck.
Who should have a neck lift?
Women or men can have a neck lift. Anyone who is in good physical health, but wants a tighter profile and an end to neck banding could benefit from a neck lift.
How does Dr. Beaty do a neck lift?
Neck lifts involve incisions made behind both ears to provide access to the muscles and skin of the neck. Usually, Dr. Beaty repositions underlying fat so as not to create a gaunt look on the neck. But if there is a good deal of fat, it will be removed. Once the extra fat has been removed, the muscles are repositioned, and the skin is re-draped. Excess skin is trimmed and the incisions sutured.
In most cases, Dr. Beaty uses submental jowl liposuction to target fatty deposits under the jowls as an addition to a neck lift. To gain access to these fat deposits, he makes a small incision under the chin. Removing this fat creates a much-improved profile.
Neck lifts don’t involve a great deal of swelling. The majority of your swelling and bruising will subside in a week. Interestingly, unlike most other surgeries, patients are not to use ice packs for swelling during neck lift recovery. Dr. Beaty will then remove your sutures after one week. You’ll feel some tightness in your lower face, so you should plan on eating a soft diet for the first week or so. You can return to work and most activities in about two weeks.