Sagging skin, loose hanging muscles, and deep wrinkles in the cheeks, jaw and neck create an aging profile that many people refer to as a turkey neck. Dr. Coundouriotis performs different types of neck lift procedures based on each patient’s individual needs.
What is a neck lift?
A neck lift, or a lower rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that improves these visible signs and restores a more youthful jawline and neck. The procedure tightens underlying muscles, removes excess fat deposits under the chin, and removes excess skin. A neck lift is frequently an option when patients are happy with their mid and upper face but the neck area doesn’t match the appearance of face. Instead they see the neck with more of a “turkey wattle” appearance. Including liposuction as part of the neck lift is also a consideration depending on the amount of excess fat under the chin. The isolated neck lift is more commonly performed for the male patient and is rarely appropriate for the female patient.
Another neck lift procedure Dr. Coundouriotis performs is a Direct Excision Neck Lift. This procedure may be an appropriate option for the male patient with more rugged neck skin which will best hide and minimize the incision which is made in the front of the neck.
Extended Dissection Platysmaplasty is another neck lift procedure to reduce the banded appearance of the neck. This procedure may be appropriate in younger patients with healthy elastic neck skin but noticeable muscle bands. The incision is placed in the chin crease, and wide undermining is used to allow the skin to re-drape smoothly. The muscle bands are sutured together under the chin creating a crisp, sharp neckline. No skin is excised.
It is common to combine other facial rejuvenation or surgical procedures such as a facelift with a neck lift.
What is the recovery from neck lift?
Recovery time with the neck lift varies depending on the type procedure Dr. Coundouriotis performs and the extent of correction necessary. Most patients are socially presentable within two weeks.
Post operative bruising and swelling is common, but this is minimized as patients follow post-op care instructions and come in for pre and post operative appointments for Lymphobiology and Hivamat Lymphatic Therapy.
How long will it last?
The duration of a neck lift varies on many factors including lifestyle, sun exposure, poor skin care, cigarette smoking and nutrition, With that said, typical results should last 5 to 10 years. Although aging process continues after a necklift, this procedure makes a dramatic change in that undesirable “turkey neck” and takes years off the face.