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What is a Neck Lift?

Neck Lift Plastic Surgery

body 8Lower rhytidectomy, popularly known as neck lift, is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to enhance the neck appearance and mitigate the signs of aging. Sagging neck skin, unsightly neck bands, loose muscles in the neck, and excess fat deposits in the neck can be corrected with neck lift, which may sometimes be combined with neck liposuction.

Facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Eric Yavrouian provides neck lift surgery to patients in Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank, Greater Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, CA, and surrounding communities that stretch across Southern California.

Aesthetic Benefits

A neck lift is a prominent procedure that can create a sculpted and slimmer neck appearance, and make a person look more youthful. In many cases, neck lift is combined with facelift surgery to create more significant and natural looking aesthetic results. In addition to tightening loose neck skin and sagging underlying muscles, neck lift can also improve a jowly appearance to reveal a more defined jaw line.

A neck lift can give an impression that the person has gone through a weight loss, and is looking slimmer. However, patients should be aware that neck lift is only a body contouring procedure, and they should have realistic expectations from it.

Suitable Candidates

The surgeon will carefully evaluate a patient’s candidacy for neck lift cosmetic surgery. The procedure is usually sought by people in the age group of 40 and above. Individuals with one or more of the following conditions will typically make good candidates for neck lift surgery:

  • Sun and wind exposure has led to skin damage in the neck region
  • An unsightly double chin appearance due to excess fat tissue deposits is bothering the patient
  • Sagging skin in the neck area is creating a turkey wattle neck
  • Jowls appear very pronounced due to the presence of excess fat and skin beneath the jaws
  • The neck is marked by significant wrinkles, fine lines, creases, and folds

Surgical Procedure

If the skin laxity in the neck area is minimal, but a double chin appearance is showing because of excess fatty tissue, the surgeon may only recommend neck liposuction. However, if the skin elasticity is poor in the neck area, the surgeon will perform neck lift to remove the loose skin and tightening underlying loose or separated muscles to give a subtle lift to the skin.

Only small incisions will be placed behind the ears and under the chin to minimize the visibility of subsequent scarring. Excess fat tissue may be eliminated using surgical excision or neck liposuction. If the neck muscles are slack, these may be repositioned and tightened using the same incisions. In some cases, the surgeon may remove a portion of the platysma muscle.

Once the neck tissue is lifted and tightened, the surgeon will re-drape the remaining skin over the neck and pull it smooth and taut. Loose skin will be excised and the incisions will be closed with sutures. Facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Yavrouian receives patients from Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank, Greater Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, CA, and nearby areas for neck lift surgery.

For more information about treatments and procedures by Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Dr. Eric J. Yavrouian, serving patients in and around Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank and the Greater Los Angeles, CA area call 818-241-2150 or click here to contact him for a consultation.

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