Are you experiencing loose skin and loss of muscle definition in your neck? At Georgia Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, our neck lift procedure not only reverses the visible signs of aging, it is also completely customizable depending on your individual needs and concerns.
Contact either of our locations in Marietta or Atlanta today to schedule a consultation and find out how a neck lift can help you look and feel better.
What is a Neck Lift?
For those individuals who want to combat visible signs of aging but do not want a complete facelift, a neck lift may be an appropriate solution. In a traditional neck lift procedure, or lower rhytidectomy, excess fat deposits are removed and loose skin is redraped in order to create a tighter, smoother appearance in the neck and jawline.
In addition to a double chin, jowls and “turkey wattle”, muscle banding in the neck area can also be treated, restoring natural-looking contours.
How Does a Neck Lift Work?
As our neck lift procedure is individualized depending on the patient, there are several ways a neck lift can be performed.
The most common neurotoxin injectable on the cosmetic market, BOTOX® Cosmetic is often used to reduce the visibility of lines and wrinkles. In this case, it is used on the platysma – the vertical bands of muscle that extend from under the chin to the base of the neck. BOTOX® temporarily disables activity in these muscles, causing them to relax and restoring the naturally smooth contours of the neck.
Neck Liposuction for Fat Removal
This is an option for those who suffer less from loose skin and more from excess fat in the neck area. A small incision will be placed below the chin and behind each earlobe, and a liposuction cannula will be used to gently extract localized fat deposits. If the patient’s skin elasticity is good, the neck skin will simply adjust to the new contours during healing.
Traditional Neck Lift
In cases where a full neck lift procedure is required, incisions will be made under the chin and either in front of or behind the ears. These areas allow the plastic surgeon to tighten the underlying muscle structures and remove excess fat and skin. The neck skin is then lifted and redraped, and the incisions are closed with sutures that will dissolve on their own.
We also offer the new iGuide® minimally invasive neck lift procedure. Skin laxity, muscle banding, and fatty deposits are common problems associated with aging of the neck. These aging effects are exacerbated by excessive sun exposure, smoking, and dramatic weight gain or loss.
Are There Any Risks?
All surgical procedures carry some risk, but generally, neck lifts are safe. Possible side effects include a reaction to the anesthesia, swelling and numbness, which are temporary. Other complications or side effects will be discussed with you during your consultation.
Contact Georgia Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery today to schedule a consultation and find out if a neck lift is right for you.