A neck lift can firm and tighten the skin below your chin that has begun to sag. As we age, our skin loses elasticity, its ability to fight gravitational effects, or snap back into place after weight fluctuations. For younger patients with more elasticity in their skin, neck liposuction alone will probably solve the problem of excess fat under the chin or a double chin. With patients whose skin doesn’t have the elasticity, a neck lift can be performed to gently pull this skin below the chin back into place, restoring a more youthful and contoured neck and jawline.
Depending on the extent of surgery needed, Dr. Verga will perform your neck lift using one of three incision types.
A submental (under the chin) neck lift involves a small incision in the submental crease. Excess fat is then suctioned out, and any excess muscle is removed and the edges sutured together.
Candidates for a “submental” approach frequently have a small or weak chin. This should be addressed using a chin implant to restore support for the neck tissue, and creating a balanced profile.
An incision in the crease posterior to the ear and in the posterior hairline is ideal for candidates with excess skin of the neck and relatively good facial contour. Patients presenting favorably for this technique will not have a scar in front of the ear. This incision can be also combined with a submental one. Men who want to improve their necks and are happy with the way their overall facial aesthetic are good candidates for this technique
A full-scar face and neck lift is usually best for patients who have the most sag in their skin due to age. The incision starts at the sideburn, follows down and around the earlobe to the hairline on the back of the neck. The neck muscle (Platysma muscle) is tightened and the excess skin is removed, the skin is pulled to shape the contour of the jawline.
Though not as extensive as a full facelift, neck lift is still surgery and requires dedicated recovery time. Typically, patients will need to plan to take at least one week off work. Dr. Verga will consult with you to discuss your options so you can decide your best course of action based on your physical evaluation and aesthetic goals.