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There are many places to point fingers when it comes to the causes of skin degradation. Sun exposure, gravity, the natural aging process; all of these factors and more take a toll on your skin’s ability to remain as taut and youthful as the year before.

When these factors have taken enough of a toll, gravity causes the skin to droop downward. The effects are noticeable throughout the body, but because of the jawline’s natural curves, sagging skin on the lower portion of the face causes particularly evident facial aging. In these cases, many men and women turn to neck lift surgery for correction.

If you want to discover more about neck lift surgery, our expert staff at The Almonte Center is looking forward to helping you get started. Please fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation.

What Is a Neck Lift?

A neck lift, often known as a lower rhytidectomy, is a surgery that is typically performed as an outpatient procedure. Its goal is to eliminate and reduce signs of aging along the jawline and neck, two areas that gravity and the aging process have substantial impacts on.

In most cases, a neck lift is used to correct excess fat, muscle banding and skin ptosis in the lower portions of the face, providing a significantly more youthful and tight appearance.     

Am I a Good Candidate for Neck Lift Surgery?

If you are experiencing unwanted drooping skin or fat in the lower portion of your face and would like to improve your appearance by creating a more taut facial structure, then you are likely a strong candidate for neck lift surgery.

In the case of any cosmetic surgery, the best applicants:

  • Are in good general health
  • Have maintained a healthy, normal body weight
  • Do not smoke
  • Have realistic expectations about their results
  • Are free from conditions that impair healing

The easiest way to determine your candidacy for a neck lift procedure is to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Almonte, a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon with a wealth of experience in facial cosmetic surgery.

How Should I Prepare for Neck Lift Surgery?

Depending on your unique medical history, anatomy or condition, you may be asked to do any of the following:

  • Begin or adjust certain medications
  • Avoid taking anti-inflammatory medicines like aspirin or certain herbal supplements
  • Have lab work or a medical evaluation performed

During your initial consultation, Dr. Almonte will review your full medical history, conditions and anatomy. Then he will work with you to determine a treatment plan that will be the most successful way to achieve your desired results.

You may be given a list of pre-operative instructions to follow in the weeks or days leading up to the surgery. Those instructions could include dietary or medicinal restrictions or even orders to refrain from smoking. It is vital that you follow all pre-operative instructions you are given to ensure that you receive the safest and most effective neck lift possible.

Since you will not be able to operate a vehicle after your surgery, you will need to plan to have someone take you to the procedure and to drive you home. It is also a good idea to prepare a recovery hub with any of your essentials wherever you will be resting to minimize the moving around you have to do.

What Should I Expect from a Neck Lift Procedure?

A neck lift procedure can be divided into three steps: anesthesia, incisions and incision closing. When you first arrive at your surgery room, you will be given intravenous sedation or general anesthesia, depending on what was previously determined by you and your physician.

Once the anesthesia has set in, Dr. Almonte will begin making incisions throughout the face that will be used to remove excess skin and fat. If you have a full, traditional neck lift done, your incisions will begin in the hairline near your sideburns and continue back around the ear. If you only need a limited incision neck lift, your incisions may only be made around the back of the ear.

Once the incision is complete, Dr. Almonte may reposition the skin and tighten the underlying muscles. Then, the skin is draped over the lower portion of the face, and the excess skin is excised. The skin is then closed using sutures or skin adhesives. A thin tube may be placed inside the skin to help mitigate swelling and fluid build-up.

What Should I Expect During Neck Lift Recovery?

After your procedure is complete and you are ready to return home, Dr. Almonte will provide you with a list of post-operative instructions. Like the pre-operative instructions, you must follow them as closely as possible to have the safest recovery and best results.

You will experience minor pain and discomfort during the first week or two of your recovery, but these side effects can be mitigated through prescription or over-the-counter medication from Dr. Almonte. You should keep your head elevated above your chest and use compression garments when possible to keep the swelling minimal. We also advise against applying ice to the skin because it can cause skin necrosis in some instances.

Most patients return to their jobs after a couple of weeks, but this will ultimately be decided during follow-up appointments with your surgeon. With every week that passes, you will get closer to returning to your everyday routines and exercise. A typical full recovery is usually made within six weeks.

What Kind of Results Can I Expect from a Neck Lift?

You can expect to see a very noticeable improvement in the lower portion of your face. You will have drastically less drooping skin and excess fat in the neck area and a more defined jawline. Most patients feel as though they have shaved decades off of their appearance.

While a neck lift addresses skin ptosis that has already developed, it cannot prevent additional ptosis from developing. This means that future retouches may be required to maintain the most optimal results.

Can I Combine My Neck Lift with Other Procedures?

There are many different procedures you can combine your neck lift procedure with. When appropriate, Dr. Almonte will recommend combining multiple procedures to maintain harmony throughout the entire face.

Some surgical and non-surgical procedures that are commonly combined with neck lift surgery include:

Neck Lift in Roseville

If you are interested in learning more about how a neck lift can help you take decades away from your facial appearance, please give our office a call at 916-771-2062 or fill out our online contact form to get started today. We look forward to meeting you and helping you reach your aesthetic goals!