Neck Lift Surgery


A neck lift is a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure through which excess skin and fat are removed from the neck and jawline to address visible signs of aging, such as wrinkling, creasing, and a loss of firmness in the skin, to produce a refined and contoured profile. Neck lift surgery comprises customized techniques that are tailored to each patient in order to effectively address their unique desires for facial plastic surgery. A number of plastic surgery procedures focus only on the face — and while the face is among the most prevalent areas of the body in which age becomes apparent, so, too, is the neck. Our Gainesville plastic surgery office offers all-encompassing cosmetic surgery procedures with comprehensive treatment, rejuvenation, and youth-restoration for seamless, enduring results.

What Can Neck Lift Surgery Treat?

Often performed in conjunction with other types of facial plastic surgery, such as a facelift, eyelid surgery, or brow lift, neck lift surgery is performed to reduce common signs of aging in the lower part of the face, which may include: jowls due to excess fat and the loss of firmness in the lower part of the face; excess fatty deposits and tissues under the chin; loose, excess skin in the neck region; and abnormal contours in the neck due to muscle banding. In addition to natural aging, the loss of youthful contours in both the face and neck may also result from heredity, environmental conditions, and stress, among a number of other factors.

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Neck Lift Surgery FAQs

Neck lift surgery, or platysmaplasty, may be performed while a patient is sedated with local anesthesia or general anesthesia, depending upon a number of factors which regard the degree of skin and fat which must be removed and the patient’s medical history, among additional factors. The neck lift procedure typically requires several hours to perform, during which a Gainesville plastic surgeon makes small incisions around and behind the ears as well as a small incision under the chin. The surgeon then lifts the muscles of the neck and proceeds to remove extra skin and fat. Following the removal of fatty tissues and excess skin, the lower tissues of the neck and lower face are tightened to produce a smooth and firm profile. Once the incisions are closed, a pressure dressing is applied around the head and under the chin.
While the advantages and benefits of neck fat removal and neck tightening vary among patients, many enjoy results which appear natural and complement a more youthful aesthetic. Patients who seek to alter the appearance of their lower face due to a double or triple chin, loose or slack neck skin, jowls, or vertical bands in the neck can benefit from immediate, enduring results following the procedure. The procedure has a relatively short recovery period with permanent results. What’s more, a neck lift can additionally be combined with other types of facial plastic surgery procedures to maximize the benefits derived from a singular operation. Patients who undergo a neck lift may also experience increased self-confidence as a result of a more defined jawline and slimmer neck profile.
Prior to the neck lift procedure, patients will discuss with our plastic surgeon their goals for cosmetic plastic surgery, medical history, general health, skin condition, previous surgeries, and scarring tendency, among a number of additional details which regard the patient's desired outcome for a neck lift. The neck lift surgeon will also discuss the patient’s options for augmenting the rejuvenation with additional procedures; inspect, photograph, and measure the face and neck; discuss the likely outcomes of a neck lift as well as any potential risks or complications; and determine the type of sedation to be used during the procedure. Once the surgery is scheduled, patients will be provided with specific preparation instructions to optimize the results of their impending procedure, which may include avoiding foods with high salt contents and eliminating certain vitamins and herbal supplements, among other instructions.
  • Anesthesia complications
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Temporary or permanent hair loss at incision sites
  • Infection
  • Unfavorable scarring
  • Prolonged swelling
  • Skin irregularities and discoloration
  • Changes in natural skin sensation
  • Poor healing of wounds
Candidacy for neck lift surgery will be determined during the pre-surgery consultation. Generally, good candidates for neck lift have excess skin around the neck and jawline and sagging skin below the chin as well as an adequate degree of skin elasticity, in order to facilitate the requirements of the procedure. The majority of candidates are typically between 40 and 80 years of age; are in good physical health; do not have any medical conditions which might impair healing; do not use any form of tobacco; and have a positive outlook and realistic expectations for cosmetic plastic surgery. To determine whether you are a candidate for a neck lift, contact John W. Tyrone M.D. Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery and schedule a consultation.
During the recovery phase of neck lift surgery, a bandage will be placed gently around the patient’s face and neck to minimize swelling and bruising following surgery. A thin tube may be present to drain any excess blood or fluid which has accumulated under the skin. Each patient will be provided with specific instructions prior to their surgery, which may include how to care for the surgical site; which medications to apply to the surgical site or take orally to aid healing and reduce the possibility of infection; and when to return to the office for a follow-up appointment to ensure optimal results for healing and the overall procedure. It is important that patients keep their head elevated above the heart to minimize swelling during recovery and refrain from bending or twisting the head or neck following neck surgery. For more information about neck lift recovery and recovery requirements, contact our office today.
Results from neck lift surgery may take several weeks or months to fully appear, due to swelling and bruising during healing. The majority of patients notice the fading of incision lines within six months following surgery. In order to promote proper healing of incision sites, and to prevent neck lift scarring, patients should exercise caution with regard to exposure to sunlight, clothing which requires contact with the incisions sites, and any other situation in which any degree of trauma may occur to the face, neck, and incisions sites. Life-long sun protection and a healthy lifestyle will serve to extend the results of a neck life. Once swelling and bruising subside, the visible improvements of the neck lift will appear. The final result may not only unveil a more youthful and rested appearance, but it may also help patients enjoy greater self-confidence. Contact us for more information regarding neck lift results and to schedule a consultation.

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