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Reversing the signs of aging on your neck is achievable with a neck lift in Pasadena. As each successive generation lives longer, more active lives, we can feel vibrant and active long after our faces and necks begin to betray signs of aging. The neck helps to frame the face, and over the years, exposure to sun, gravity, and other environmental factors can cause sagging, unflattering hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin), and heavier wrinkles.
What Is a Neck Lift?
The necklift is performed to tighten the neck skin only. In general, this is not frequently performed without a facelift as well, since tightening only the neck without addressing the jowls and lower face can produce unsightly and folds in the junction between the face and the neck.
Many patients desire a return to the smooth, natural contours of their younger years. Some want to elevate sagging cheeks (midface lift); others may be more concerned with jowling around the chin and sagging in the neck. When patients visit the Chow Center, they frequently focus on a single aspect of their appearances rather than the overall look of the face and neck as a whole. Therefore, many patients may ask to correct a “turkey neck,” or sagging neck that truly troubles them. However, patients are rarely satisfied with a neck lift alone. In fact, should you be told during a consultation that a neck lift alone will fully address your concerns, Dr. Chow recommends that you seek a second opinion.
Am I a Good Candidate?
If you start to notice sagging skin and excess fat on your neck, then you may be a good candidate for a neck lift. If you want a more youthful and rejuvenated look, undergoing a neck lift surgery may achieve that with the removal of wrinkles and creases. You must have realistic goals to be a good candidate for surgery.
Healthy individuals without any underlying conditions which may impair healing are ideal candidates, as are non-smokers.
Your Neck Lift Consultation
During your initial consultation, Dr. Chow will evaluate the soft tissues of your face and neck, as well as the underlying bony architecture. You will have ample opportunity to discuss your personal cosmetic concerns and aesthetic goals. After examination of your head and neck, Dr. Chow will be able to provide you with a global assessment of your facial aging (including the neck) and suggest possible solutions.
The first step to a neck lift procedure is the administration of an anesthetic. Dr. Jen Chow will then make incisions behind the ears and/or under the chin.
Excess skin and fat may be removed or repositioned to achieve a tighter look. Drooping muscles will be tightened with internal sutures. Finally, the incisions will be securely closed with sutures, and a bandage will be applied.
Recovery and Healing
After your neck lift surgery, you may need some recovery time. The bandage will help lessen the bruising and swelling. Keep your head straight for several days, and refrain from twisting or bending your neck.
To aid in healing, it is important to keep your neck above the level of your heart, especially when lying down. Avoid applying ice packs to the treated areas, as it can inhibit blood flow and result in complications.
Cost of a Neck Lift
The cost of neck lift surgery depends on the extent of the work done. The total price will include surgical fees, additional cosmetic facial procedures, and anesthesia.
Schedule a Consultation
Get rid of that turkey wattle with a neck lift in Pasadena. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Chow to find out how you can eliminate your double chin and neck folds.