Neck lift cosmetic surgery is a proven procedure designed to restore a more attractive and youthful appearance of the neck. Dr. Eugene Kim is a board certified plastic surgeon providing neck lift and various other procedures of the breast, body, and face. Dr. Kim provides neck lift to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, CA, and surrounding locations.
Aesthetic Flaws Treated with Neck Lift
Unsightly neck “bands” and loose skin and fat pockets can occur due to aging. These can be reduced or eliminated with a neck lift procedure. The surgery can also help to accentuate the jaw and mitigate a “jowly” appearance. While a neck lift cannot entirely restore facial youth, it can make a person look younger by a few years.
Neck lift cosmetic surgery can also create an impression of weight loss, but patients should have realistic expectations. Results can be more harmonious and dramatic when neck lift is combined with a facelift.
A majority of neck lift candidates will be in the age group of 40 to 70 years. Men and women suffering from one or more conditions can be ideally suited for a neck lift:
- Neck skin is damaged by sun or wind exposure
- Fat under the chin gives an appearance of double or triple chin
- Loose, slack skin in the neck gives a turkey wattle neck
- Too much fat or skin under the jaws creates jowls
- Excessive loose neck skin or fat
Neck lift surgery may be performed using local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. If the patient only suffers from excess fat pockets in the neck, but the skin is fairly elastic, only neck liposuction may be performed. In other cases, the plastic surgeon will remove excess skin and restructure the underlying weak neck muscles to provide a subtle lift to the neck.
Surgeons who use the latest surgical techniques will be able to perform neck lift using very small incisions, which are generally placed in discreet locations behind the ears and below the chin. Excess fat will be removed through the incisions via surgical excision or liposuction. Slack muscles will also be tightened and repositioned. In a few cases, the surgeon may also remove a portion of the platysma muscle.
Once the work involving the tightening and lifting of underlying tissue is over, the surgeon will re-drape the skin and pull it taut. Any excess skin will be removed at this point, and the incisions will be closed carefully with sutures. Dr. Kim receives patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, CA, and nearby areas for neck lift.
Neck lift may involve a downtime ranging from a week to 10 days. Prescription pain medications will be provided for the first few days. Loose fitting clothes that button up the front should be worn until the healing is completed. Even after the patient returns to work, they should continue to avoid vigorous activity and heavy lifting for a few more weeks.
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