Four Things Patients Should Know About Neck Lifts

The neck area is one of the first places on a person’s body to reveal signs of aging.  Over time, the thin skin on the neck can become loose and wrinkled, which creates a drooping or saggy appearance. In many cases, this can make patients appear older than they feel. The neck lift procedure, also known as neck surgery, smooths and tightens the skin on the neck for a more taut, youthful contour. This procedure can also benefit patients who have a drooping neck as a result of drastic weight loss.

Here are some of the top facts patients interested in neck lift surgery should know:

  1. It can be combined with other procedures. A neck lift can be performed as a standalone surgery to produce subtle overall results. However it can also safely be combined with a number of other procedures for a more dramatic improvement. Some patients choose undergo a facelift in addition to a neck lift in order to achieve complete facial rejuvenation with the benefit of a combined procedure and recovery period. Patients interested in combining a neck lift and facelift should discuss these options with a board certified plastic surgeon during the consultation process.
  2. Results are long-lasting. Patients who opt for neck lift surgery enjoy a more youthful profile for many years. Results typically last for a decade or more, and beyond that, a patient will continue to look younger than if they had not undergone the procedure.
  3. It doesn’t just tighten skin. The neck lift is performed in two parts: A cervicoplasty, which trims excess skin, and a platysmaplasty, which removes or tightens the muscles in the neck. This two-fold approach ensures the best results, as it not only smooths out the outer appearance of the skin, but also the underlying muscles.
  4. Liposuction can be involved. Certain patients have pockets of excess fat in the neck area, which can be removed using liposuction. This creates further definition along the jawline, and a slimmer appearance in the neck. Liposuction can be performed at the same time as the neck lift for more dramatic results.

Contact Dr. Smith To Learn More About Neck Lift Surgery

For more information about the neck lift procedure, contact us today at 843.705.8940. Our offices are located in South Carolina, serving the communities of Hilton Head, Bluffton, Beaufort and Okatie. We look forward to hearing from you!


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