Neck Lift & Rejuvenation
The delicate skin of the neck, lower jaw, and chin is particularly susceptible to the effects of aging, with drooping or sagging beginning to appear in the late 30s and early to mid 40s for many patients. In addition to skin laxity, platysmal bands, the cords running vertically along the neck, may become more prominent as a result of weakening tissue. For some, skin elasticity may lead to what is commonly referred to as “turkey neck” or “turkey wattle.” Over time, the combined changes can soften jawline definition or obscure the youthful contour entirely. Of course, age is not the only contributor to aesthetic neck concerns. Excess fatty deposits can accumulate underneath the jaw even at a young age, leading to a double or triple chin. Dr. Eugenie Brunner, our experienced, board-certified facial plastic surgeon, recognizes the myriad effects that can lead to dissatisfaction with the appearance of the neck, and she performs a wide range of state-of-the-art treatments designed to lift and rejuvenate this elegant region.
For more information about neck lift and rejuvenation from our practice in Princeton, NJ, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Brunner, please contact us today.
Regardless of whether genetic predisposition, environmental stressors, or the natural aging process are the main cause for a patient’s interest in seeking neck rejuvenation, we offer a number of treatments that can help. Dr. Brunner performs a comprehensive selection of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic enhancement options designed to re-contour and revitalize the neck, jawline, and chin area. Neck lift surgery, medically referred to as platysmaplasty, can be combined with liposuction to enhance the natural delineation of the jawline, eliminate excess skin, and reduce the appearance of pronounced platysmal bands. Depending on the needs and goals of the individual, we also have Thermage™, a non-surgical skin-tightening procedure that can reduce mild inelasticity and improve skin texture and tone.
Some patients have excellent skin tone and firmness and only have a bit of excess fatty tissue. In this instance, we can utilize SmartLipo™, a state-of-the-art laser-assisted liposuction technique, to remove the fat. However, if there are other concerns present, such as skin laxity, platysmal banding, or a “wattle,” surgery will likely provide a better result. Dr. Brunner will explain all the options during the initial consultation.
With her extensive experience, personalized treatment plans, and feminine touch, Dr. Brunner is uniquely qualified to perform neck lift and facelift procedures that deliver beautiful, natural looking, and long lasting results. Her techniques emphasize restoring a more youthful appearance—one suits the singular needs and goals of her patients, rather than completing a one-size-fits-all operation. Many individuals report that friends and family notice an improvement but can’t pinpoint the change. This is due in part to the attentive consultations and the customization process.
Many patients opt to combine cosmetic procedures to achieve more comprehensive results and reduce downtime. Some common treatments that may supplement neck lift surgery include facelift, chin augmentation, and neck liposuction. Individuals are encouraged to discuss their aesthetic goals freely to help determine which options may optimize their outcome.
Neck Lift Consultation
A consultation at our practice is a sacred space where patients should feel comfortable expressing their cosmetic desires and concerns with confidence. During this process, Dr. Brunner and her friendly and knowledgeable medical team will get to know you, take a medical history, explore your needs, and discuss your goals. For a neck lift, Dr. Brunner will examine the individual’s skin type, skin elasticity and laxity, bone structure, soft tissue volume, and facial proportion. She will also ask several questions about genetics to develop a well-rounded picture. In the event that other concerns, such as facial skin laxity or weak chin structure, are evident, she may recommend complementary treatments to achieve the best results possible. She will never advise an unnecessary procedure, and she strives to make the experience feel as collaborative as possible.
“Many patients experience increased self-confidence. Friends may never guess that you had surgery…unless you choose to tell them!”
Neck Lift Preoperative Instructions
To prepare for the surgery, patients will be asked to avoid any medications or beverages that could thin the blood and increase the risk of bleeding, including alcohol, aspirin, ibuprofen, and certain herbal supplements and vitamins. During the initial consultation, it’s important to list all current medications, including both prescription and over-the-counter products. Additionally, we will ask that individuals refrain from smoking for at least three months prior to the operation, as this habit can slow healing.
Neck Lift Procedure
Neck lift surgery typically will require one to two hours to complete, after which the patient usually can return home the same day. However, if additional procedures will be performed, the operative time could extend and Dr. Brunner may request an overnight stay. Individuals often report little discomfort, and either general anesthesia or “twilight sleep” can be used to help ensure the most painless experience possible. To achieve the desired results, Dr. Brunner will make an incision under the chin and, on occasion, behind the ears. She will then tighten underlying tissues, including the platysmal bands, to help smooth the skin, reduce laxity, and re-contour the neckline. Scars will be well hidden and should be nearly unnoticeable when healed. To learn more about the neck lift, visit plasticsurgery.org
Neck Lift Post-Operative Instructions and Recovery
As determined prior to surgery, patients will either return home or spend the night at the hospital following the operation. A cotton bandage will be wrapped around the head and under the chin to protect the incision and support the results. This wrapping should be worn continually for the first four days, after which a removable support garment will then be worn for the next full week. This second bandage can be taken off for short periods to shower or bathe.
To help enhance patient comfort and reduce the risk of complications, antibiotics and pain medication will be prescribed. Some swelling, bruising, and tenderness is common, and Dr. Brunner can recommend methods to minimize discomfort, including utilizing cold packs, taking Arnica Montana supplements, and sleeping with the head elevated.
Most patients can return to work and normal daily activity after about one to two weeks, though individual experience may vary. Bruising and swelling typically subside within the same timeframe, and hairstyling and makeup can be applied to minimize the appearance of these effects. Strenuous exercise and activity should be avoided for at least three weeks or as long as Dr. Brunner recommends.
Your New Look After Your Neck Lift
At our practice, we believe subtle but noticeable results can offer the greatest satisfaction, and Dr. Brunner emphasizes the most natural-looking rejuvenation possible. Many patients report that their friends and family compliment their refreshed appearance, asking if there has been a change in hairstyle, make-up, or weight, but never guessing the true origin of the transformation. As a result, a neck lift can provide both aesthetic and emotional enhancement, increasing a sense of self-confidence and well-being.
It’s important to note that a neck lift will not stop the aging process. Years later, the neck and jaw line will continue to look better than if you had never undergone surgery. This procedure can reverse many of the most common signs of aging, but the neck and the face will continue to change with time. Neck lift surgery typically offers long lasting results, but some day you may wish to repeat the operation or utilize another treatment to help maintain and extend the outcome. Dr. Brunner will be happy to discuss these concerns and options for the future when you feel it’s appropriate.
Neck Lift Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Dr. Brunner has provided the following answers to commonly asked questions to help patients considering neck lift. If you would like additional information, please reach out to our skilled medical team in Princeton, NJ.
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If you have additional questions and would like to learn more about neck lift surgery, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Brunner, please contact our office today.
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