One of the first locations that show signs of aging on the body is the neck. Your skin may begin to sag and wrinkle. Extra folds of skin create the appearance of a “double chin” or “bands” under the jawline. Fortunately, the youthful appearance of your neck can be restored with a platsymaplasty, or neck lift.
With a neck lift procedure, Dr. Philip Miller in New York, is able to diminish the toll that time and gravity have taken on the neck. Often, patients may undergo neck lift surgery in conjunction with a facelift for a comprehensive rejuvenation of the head region.
About the Neck Lift Surgery
During this surgery general anesthesia is administered for the removal and tightening of the excess skin, muscles, and tissues. Fat may also be removed. When a neck lift is performed on its own there are different options for techniques that can be used. Liposuction may be used to remove excess fat with the use of a narrow tube called a cannula. The cannula dislodges fat and removes it through a small incision below the chin. Once the extra volume is gone, skin can be excised and tightened. This tightening is also done in many instances where liposuction has not occurred to address skin that has begun to sag as a result of time. Incisions are placed under the chin and/or behind the ears and gently pulled back.
When unwanted band lines are present, portions of neck muscles may be tightened through incisions in the same locations. After the muscles are realigned, sutures are placed within the neck to keep them in place.
Bandages are applied at the end of the neck lift. An elastic garment may be recommended to be worn for a period of time. Dressing and drainage tubes placed during surgery may be removed within 1 to 2 days. Sutures are removed within 5 to 10 days.
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What to Expect During Recovery
After surgery in our New York office, mild pain or discomfort may be felt. This can be controlled with medication prescribed to you by the surgeon. You will notice some swelling and bruising, which can be minimized with cold compresses. Keeping the head elevated will also limit swelling. Most people return to work in about two weeks. Strenuous activity should be avoided during the healing process.
Neck Lift FAQs
What are the benefits of neck lift surgery?
For those struggling with loose, sagging skin or a poorly defined neck, a neck lift surgery can be advantageous. Neck lift surgery benefits include:
- Results that can last for 10-15 years
- 2-week recovery time and only minor discomfort
- Minimal scarring - any scars that develop are discreetly placed and will fade within a year
- A younger-looking appearance with a contoured neck and jawline
- A boost in self-confidence
Who is a good candidate for a neck lift?
Generally healthy individuals who have issues with their lower facial contours, making their neck a problematic area of their overall appearance, are good candidates for a neck lift. Specific lower facial issues include fullness underneath the chin (double chin), turkey neck, loose and sagging skin, neck creases, wrinkles, bands, a poorly defined jawline – all concerns that are far too severe to be addressed with non-surgical options such as injectables, lasers, and energy devices.
Are neck lift results permanent?
Because we cannot stop the aging process, the neck will gradually start to show age over time. However, a neck lift procedure can last for 10-15 years. You can also help prolong results with a healthy lifestyle, particularly by maintaining a healthy weight and skincare regimen, not smoking, and regularly using sun protection (sun exposure can damage skin elastin and promote signs of aging). Non-surgical cosmetic laser, radiofrequency, and ultrasound devices, which all boost collagen production, can help extend the longevity of your results too.
Can a neck lift be combined with a facelift?
Aging rarely affects just one area at a time. This is why a neck lift and facelift are commonly paired together – you can’t have a smooth, youthful-looking jawline that is accompanied by a saggy neck, or vice versa. Together, a neck lift with a facelift can create a harmonious, well-balanced overall appearance. Furthermore, patients can achieve more dramatic results with less overall downtime with the paired procedures.
To ensure you achieve the best results possible, Dr. Miller developed a proprietary consultation process called NatraLook®. During your NatraLook consultation, he evaluates your skin quality and facial features while listening to your concerns and goals. This process evaluates and expands the typical plastic surgery experience into a safe, collaborative environment where you can explore your aesthetic confidence. This opportunity allows you and Dr. Miller to create a unified vision for your results and the most natural outcome possible.
How much does a neck lift in NYC cost?
The price of your neck lift will depend on the extent of correction needed. The exact cost of a neck lift will be determined at your consultation appointment with Dr. Miller.
Dr. Philip Miller is a Top Rated Surgeon in New York
Dr. Miller is a board-certified plastic surgeon considered a top-rated expert in his field. In 2019, Dr. Miller won the Castle Connolly Top Doctor Award, a prestigious award for outstanding physicians who were nominated by their peers, screened by researchers, and deemed the best in their specialty. Not only is Dr. Miller highly qualified, but he also utilizes the NatraLook Process to make sure his patients' results are rewarding in both physical and emotional ways. For more information on the facelift procedure, please contact Dr. Miller at his Manhattan plastic surgery office.
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Rhinoplasty (Nose Jobs)
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Widely acclaimed for our broad range of flawless skincare solutions, Philip J. Miller, MD, FACS and his team of aesthetic specialists offer customized skincare treatment plans to achieve healthy, natural-looking results. As part of our NatraLook™ process, the following procedures may be performed individually or in combination with more advanced surgical treatments for optimal rejuvenation.
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