When fighting the battle against the march of time, combatants focus on the obvious areas: facelifts, nose jobs, eyelid surgery, and brow lifts. But they often overlook one of the earliest places to show your age, the neck. And if you don’t address aging in the neck, you’re only doing half the job.
Dr. Kearney doesn’t want you to forget about the neck lift.
A neck lift addresses loose neck skin, excess fat under the chin, excess skin and sagging skin in the lower face, and muscle banding in the neck. During a neck lift, excess skin and fat are removed and the underlying tissues are restructured.
Who is right for a neck lift?
If most of the signs of aging on your face are on the lower part of the face and beneath the chin, you’re a good candidate for a neck lift. In this case a full facelift wouldn’t be needed.
The incision location can depend on the age of the patient. For younger patients without a great deal of excess skin, the incision is made under the chin. In these cases, mainly excess fat is removed and the muscles are tightened to improve the contour. If a patient is older, the incisions are made behind the ear lobe on each side extending into the hairline. Excess skin and tissue are pulled up and trimmed. The underlying tissues are repositioned and the skin is then re-draped. For older patients, neck lifts are often combined with a facelift.
After your procedure, Dr. Kearney will have wrapped your neck and chin in an elastic bandage to provide support, minimize swelling, and help your skin adapt to its new contours. There will definitely be swelling and bruising, but it will fade in one to two weeks. Most patients need to miss a full week of work.
When you’re sizing up the signs of aging on your face, don’t forget your neck! Call Dr. Kearney at (858) 677-9352 and schedule a consultation for a neck lift.