When you meet new people, the first thing they notice about you is the upper part of your body. This includes the face and neck area. One of the best ways to see someone’s age is by looking at their neck where the aging process, or signs of aging, are often most visible. Although every individual ages differently, the neck will always be an area that is affected. This is due to the skin that is located in this area. The skin on the neck is very thin and delicate. When weight is gained or lost, the neck can stretch or become saggy. Stress, gravity, and environmental conditions can influence the appearance of the neck. The condition of the neck is also affected by hereditary conditions that may occur in the family. This can have a large impact on your appearance and rejuvenating the neck can make you appear younger in many other areas as well.
What can a neck lift do for you?
Neck lifts can improve many of the visible signs of aging in the neck and tighten the muscles underneath it while removing extra skin that may droop or sag. The jaw line can also become more defined and will no longer have extra skin around it. Neck lifts will smooth out the skin and provide a youthful appearance by contouring the neck. A neck lift can be combined with other procedures such as a facelift, brow lift or eyelid surgery that can also influence the youthful appearance of the face.
What neck lifts cannot do
It is important to understand that having a neck lift procedure will not stop the aging process. It will improve the appearance at that point in time, but the aging process will continue as usual. The neck lift procedure will not change the fundamental appearance of the person. This procedure is considered a restorative surgery and will be completed in a surgical setting.
Good candidates for a neck lift
Good candidates for the neck lift are those who:
- Do not smoke.
- Are in relatively good health.
- Have a positive outlook on the procedure.
- Have realistic expectations.
- Do not have any conditions that can affect the healing process.
Neck lift procedures are performed while the patient is under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. The procedure can last two to three hours long. The incisions for the neck lift will be located under the chin and behind the ears. There are times when only incisions under the chin will be made. Working through the incisions, the neck muscles can be tightened and excess skin can easily be removed. The incisions will then be closed and the recovery process will begin. There may be a small drainage tube placed in the area to allow blood or fluids to be drained. This should be kept clean and handled with caution.
After the neck lift procedure is completed the area will be swollen and bruised. Keeping the head straight and elevated can help with this. This may be uncomfortable and soreness may occur. The area may feel numb which is a normal part of the recovery process. Medications will be prescribed so that some form of comfort can be obtained. Compression garments may need to be worn so that the new contour of the neck can be supported. This may need to be worn for multiple weeks, but after two weeks regular work may be resumed. Exercising caution in daily routines is always recommended. Bending and twisting the neck is not recommended.
The results of your neck lift will be great. The new youthful and rejuvenated appearance will be recognized by others and make you more confident. It is important to be aware of the sun and apply sun protection in the neck area to make the procedure results last. Taking care of your neck will extend the results of the procedure. The youthful appearance of your new neck will become visible once the swelling and bruising have subsided. After the procedure it is important to remember that it could take up to six months for the incision lines to heal and mature, revealing the final results of the lift.
If you are ready for a new look and a rejuvenated appearance, Dr. Mounsey can help. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Mounsey and discuss your neck lift procedure. Contact his office at 416-438-2499 today to get started.