Achieve a Sleek, Beautiful Neck with a Necklift
Since the skin on your neck is so delicate, it is especially susceptible to developing signs of aging, but a necklift can reverse this problem. Long Island cosmetic surgeon Dr. Stephen T. Greenberg can create a customized surgical plan designed to address your unique concerns over sagging muscles, excess skin, or extra fat on your jaw and neck. We can use a variety of techniques to help you achieve a slim, well-defined neck. To learn more about this procedure or schedule a necklift consultation with Dr. Greenberg, contact our office today.
Patients typically have three major cosmetic concerns about their necks: sagging bags of skin often referred to as a “turkey wattle,” excess fat in the neck, and a general lack of contour. Many patients possess all of these concerns. Fortunately, we have surgical techniques to address each of these issues.
To address a “turkey wattle,” we typically recommend a platysmaplasty, which repairs the platysma, the muscle band that extends below the jaw. During surgery, Dr. Greenberg will make incisions either behind your ears or under your chin (sometimes both) to access the muscle and reshape it or remove part of it. This is the most traditional kind of necklift. We also use liposuction, either on its own or in combination with other techniques, to remove excess fat through an incision under the chin. To remove excess skin, Dr. Greenberg will perform a cervicoplasty. During this procedure, he will create incisions behind the ears and under the chin, gently tighten skin, removing any excess, and secure it with either permanent glue or sutures. Dr. Greenberg is often able to use tiny camera-controlled endoscopic instruments and smaller incisions, which result in a shorter recovery time. Necklifts are often performed with BOTOX® Cosmetic injections or facelifts for even more comprehensive results.
Who is a Candidate for a Necklift?
Necklift candidates are specifically concerned with excess skin, fat, or bags along their necks and chins. Patients must refrain from smoking for a month before their operation to ensure their skin is at its healthiest and should schedule a week to heal at home. You should be in good health, and able to receive local and general anesthesia for the surgery. Your skin must also be thick and elastic enough to achieve your desired results.
Benefits and Risks
Necklift surgery can help patients feel more youthful, slender, and confident. The benefits of necklifts should be fully evident six months after surgery and can last for years, especially if you take proper care of your skin. Necklifts have a relatively short healing time, usually several weeks. Scarring from necklifts is typically unnoticeable, meaning your results will look completely natural.
Necklifts are typically very safe, simple procedures, so there are few risks. However, anytime you undergo surgery, there can be potential complications. Normally, patients experience some bruising, tingling, and swelling for the first few days after their procedure. Choosing an experienced surgeon can reduce your already low risk of undesirable side effects.
Take Your First Step Toward a Youthful Neck
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