A neck lift is a cosmetic surgery that can produce striking results. New York City plastic surgeon, Dr. Sherrell J. Aston, performs neck lift surgery for patients who have skin laxity in their neck due to weight loss or aging. Loose skin, sagging muscles, and fat deposits in the neck may be present even when the remainder of the face and jawline show less signs of aging. There are several ways to correct these sagging features. This procedure may be done independently or in conjunction with a facelift. New York neck lift surgeon, Dr. Aston, examines each individual and determines the best technique to give the correction the patient desires, according to his or her anatomy. Sometimes, liposuction alone can be used. For some patients, the neck can be corrected with an incision that is limited to the skin crease under the chin, while others may require an incision hidden behind the ear in order to correct significant skin laxity on the neck. This procedure creates a more defined neck, which results in a softer, tighter, younger-looking neck.
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A neck lift removes hanging skin and reshapes the neck. During the procedure, an incision is placed under the chin and/or behind or in front of the ears. If fat deposits are present and need to be removed, liposuction will be used during the surgery and performed first. The final steps of treatment will be to trim away excess skin, pull the remaining underlying tissue and muscle tight, and suture the incision.
This procedure is performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation as an outpatient surgery at the accredited surgical facility at Dr. Aston’s office. The duration of the surgery usually takes around 2 hours, although it may vary depending on the case. Bruising and swelling will be visible after the surgery, but this will subside in the few short days following the procedure. Initially, patients will feel tightness and numbness. Once the neck adjusts to its new position, patients will notice a more relaxed feeling and a beautiful surgical result. It can take up to 3 months for the final results to appear.
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Surgery is the only way to remove loose skin, especially if it is loose enough to hang and droop. Therefore, a neck lift is the only solution when it comes to redefining an individual’s neck to create a strong contour. While there are some skin tightening laser treatments on the market today, surgery is still the best option.
There is minimal scarring with this procedure. Since the incision is placed under the chin and near the ears, the scar is usually hidden. Dr. Aston will take great effort to minimize scarring as much as possible.
This depends on the situation and the amount of loose and sagging skin that is present. Some weight loss patients are young and may require a neck lift at a younger age. For older patients who are combating loose skin due to aging, the most common age is between 50 – 70.
During the initial consultation, it may be brought up that in addition to a neck lift, the patient may also benefit from another procedure, such as a facelift or a chin implant. It is common for these additional procedures to be combined to achieve the patient’s desired contours and aesthetic goals.