If you are concerned with excess fat and skin isolated to your neck area, you may be an ideal candidate for a neck lift. When performing a neck lift, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. George P. Chatson restores a defined contour and a toned and appealing appearance to your neck.
The Neck Lift Procedure
A neck lift may be performed as an isolated procedure, or it may be included as part of a facelift. A neck lift is designed to reduce fullness in the neck due to fat deposits and improve a moderate degree of skin laxity. If a greater degree of skin laxity is present, the re-draping of the loose neck skin requires that the facial skin also be contoured with a facelift in order to achieve a balanced, natural appearance. In consultation with Dr. Chatson, you will discuss the right combination of procedures tailored to your unique needs to achieve the results you desire.
A neck lift can often be accomplished with liposuction alone when localized fat in the neck is the main concern and you still have good skin tone in the neck. For some patients, a surgical procedure is ideal. With a surgical neck lift, Dr. Chatson makes a small incision under the chin through which excess fat and skin can be removed. The neck muscles and remaining skin are tightened to create smoother, more natural contours for your neck.
Issues Addressed by a Neck Lift
A neck lift can address issues such as:
- Loosened or weak neck muscles
- Vertical neck bands
- Loose neck skin
- Excess fat deposits under the chin
Diet and exercise often are insufficient to tone the neck. In one of the most difficult places to lose excess fat, a neck lift is frequently the best method for achieving a more toned appearance. During your initial consultation with Dr. Chatson, the appearance and quality of your neck will be evaluated and your candidacy for this procedure will be determined.
Neck Lift Results and Recovery
Depending on the technique used for your neck lift, recovery may take up to 7-10 days. During that time, a neck support garment is worn to provide support to the healing tissues of the neck. Some mild pain, swelling, and bruising are expected following a neck lift. Swelling and bruising should subside within one to two weeks. You should be able to resume most of your normal activities within one week.
Following your neck lift, you will be able to enjoy a smooth and contoured neck for years to come. The benefits of this procedure and what you may expect during recovery will be discussed in detail during your initial consultation.
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