Neck skin may sag as a result of aging or weight loss, and is often the first thing a person notices regarding their aging face. Loose neck muscles (platysma) can lead to the appearance of bands on the neck or drastic drooping of the skin. A necklift is a surgical procedure that can smooth and tighten the skin on the neck and provide a more toned and youthful appearance. The results of this procedure offer a drastic improvement to the appearance of the neck and subtle changes to overall appearance. A necklift may be performed alongside the QR Mini-Lift, a traditional facelift, or may be performed alone, after which your friends and family may not even realize that a surgical procedure was performed.
A necklift procedure includes both a cervicoplasty to remove excess skin and a platysmaplasty to remove or alter muscles in the neck. Liposuction can also be used to remove excess fat during a necklift. This takes two to three hours and may be performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation, depending on the preference of the patient. Most procedures are performed within an outpatient basis.
- Minimal bruising and swelling usually resolves within ten days
- Tightens the under-chin angle
- Performed on an outpatient basis
- Often combined with a QR Mini Facelift and submental liposuction to address the entire lower 1/3 of the face and neck
- No drains or tubes placed during surgery
Necklifts take approximately two hours and are performed under general anesthesia with a licensed anesthesia provider. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, and you go home the same day.
Meticulous incisions are hid behind the hairline and in the natural ear contours. The skin is elevated off the underlying neck ligaments and muscles (called the platysma). The platysma is tightened, and the skin re-draped over the newly contoured neck. Excess skin is removed, the skin edges are expertly closed with specific sutures, and a sterile dressing is applied.
After surgery, a light compression dressing is worn overnight on the head and neck. The dressing is removed the next morning in the office. Sutures are then removed five days and eight days after the procedure. Recovery time ranges from seven to fourteen days. Strenuous activity, including all “cardio” exercise, is limited for six weeks. Blood thinners such as aspirin, NSAIDS (ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve, Motrin, etc), fish oil, vitamin E, and others are to be avoided for at least two weeks after surgery. Your doctor will give you specific instructions for your individual recovery, and following these instructions can help speed your recovery and reduce the risk of post-operative complications.
Necklifts improve and restore a youthful appearance to the neck. They address excessive neck skin, banding, and double chins. It can enhance a patient’s appearance and confidence, and improves the sharp under-chin angle of youth. Results are seen immediately upon removal of the dressings, and will improve as facial and neck swelling subsides over the next three to seven days. Scars fade over time with significant long-term results settling in after four to six weeks.
Though rare, post-operative complications from any surigical procedure are possible. They may include infection, bleeding, blood clots, and poor healing (including scarring), all which may require further surgery.
Risks specific to facial surgery also include asymmetry, numbness or parasthesias (tingling or pins-and-needles feeling), and damage to the facial nerve resulting in partial or complete facial paralysis.