Your neck is one of the first places to show age. The thin skin on the neck is highly susceptible to age, not to mention environmental damage and gravity. Over time, the neck may develop deep lines, folds, and even sagging skin that detracts from one’s appearance and draws attention away from the face. ‘Turkey neck’, ‘jowls’, and ‘double chin’ are just some of the terms used to describe the problems most associated with aging around the neck. This is especially frustrating when the neck begins to look years or even decades older than the face.
When age begins to take its toll, it may be time to talk to Dr. Bose about a necklift. A necklift is a surgical procedure used to lift, tighten, and smooth the skin and muscles between the chin and collar bone. It is often used in people who feel that more conservative treatments, such as anti-aging creams, are not achieving desirable results. A necklift might be right for you if:
- You have deep lines or wrinkles around your neck
- You have skin that sags and pulls away from the muscle
- You have developed excess fatty deposits in your neck
- You lost a significant amount of weight that resulted in loose neck skin
A suitable necklift candidate is someone who is bothered by the appearance of their neck. They are typically in good health and are non-smokers. They also have healthy and realistic expectations about the outcome of surgery and are not undergoing the procedure in an effort to please someone else or achieve ‘perfection’.
What To Expect From A Necklift
If you think a necklift could be right for you, the first step is scheduling a consultation with Dr. Bose and the team here at Bose Plastic Surgery. Our goal would be to restore more youthful features and turn back the hands of time on your appearance. Your consultation will include a review of your medical history, a discussion about your goals, and an examination of your targeted treatment area. At this time, you can ask Dr. Bose any questions you may have and discuss whether additional cosmetic procedures, such as a combination face lift, might provide the rejuvenation you are looking for.
On the day of surgery, you will be given an anesthetic to ensure your comfort during the procedure. Dr. Bose will create an incision – usually behind the ears or along the hairline. Sometimes a small incision may also be required within the chin crease if there is separation of the neck muscles. Through these incisions, the neck muscles can be repositioned, and any excess skin or fat can be trimmed away. In most cases, this process only takes a couple of hours, and most patients can go home the same day.
Most patients experience a very fluid recovery following neck surgery. While it is normal to experience some pain, swelling, and bruising, this is typically well-managed with the use of pain medications and cold compresses. It is important to follow all of Dr. Bose’s instructions following your procedure to ensure optimal healing. This might include keeping your head elevated when sleeping and avoiding vigorous activity in the days following surgery. You can likely return to work within a couple of weeks, although you may not be able to engage in heavy labor for up to a month or more after surgery.
If you think it may be time to consider a necklift, trust a cosmetic surgeon who is committed to delivering natural-looking results that enhance your appearance rather than change it. Call us today to schedule your consultation. We look forward to serving you soon.