A neck lift is also known as a lower rhytidectomy. The goal of the operation is to improve the contour of the jawline and neck. Often, we address excess skin and fat in the lower face that creates the jowls. As well, we sometimes remove excess fatty deposits beneath the chin. Occasionally people have muscle banding in the neck (platysmal bands) that need to be addressed.
We aim to give a more youthful appearance to the face by correcting the specific problems of your lower face and ensuring there is balance with your upper face.
The Best Way to Prepare for Neck Lift Surgery
It is important that you are a nonsmoker before your operation. This reduces the risk of poor wound healing and gives you the best result possible. Having an active and healthy lifestyle is also important. Avoiding medications that could increase bleeding such as aspirin, anti-inflammatories, or herbal supplements is also important. This reduces the chance of a blood collection or hematoma. During the consultation we will discuss your preoperative instructions.
What Operations are Often Combined with a Neck Lift?
The most commonly combined procedure is a facelift. It is important to prevent an imbalance between the upper and lower face. Occasionally upper face procedures such as eyelid surgery are necessary to achieve balance. For the right patient, fat grafting is also a good option to replace volume lost from aging.
Won’t Injections Work Just the Same?
Unfortunately not. There are some injections that can help. Belkyra, for instance, is a non-surgical injection that dissolves fat underneath your chin. However, it cannot address extra skin, jowls or muscle banding. During your consultation, Dr. Robin Evans will suggest treatments that could include non-surgical and surgical solutions unique to you. By seeing a plastic surgeon, you will be able to have every option and their risks and benefits explained to you.
What Can a Neck Lift Not Do?
A neck lift does not stop the aging process. Having a healthy lifestyle with good nutrition and good skin care is important in having a lasting youthful appearance.
What are the Risks of a Neck Lift?
During your consultation we will discuss in detail the risks of your specific operation. There are general risks associated with having an operation. These include infection, bleeding, scarring, and a general anesthetic. Risks specific to a neck lift include temporary or permanent hair loss along the incisions, facial asymmetry, nerve injury that could cause weakness to the lower lip, and numbness to the lower face. Gravity and aging still continue after the operation and we will discuss ways to make your results last as long as possible.
What are the Incisions in a Neck Lift Like?
The incisions and a neck lift depend on what needs to be addressed. Often the incision begins just behind the sideburn, continues around the base of the ear and into the scalp. This allows for access to the lower face. Occasionally an incision underneath the chin is required. This could be for liposuction or to address tight muscle bands. Incisions are usually closed with dissolving sutures and covered with skin glue. Once healed, the incisions tend to be difficult to see.