The delicate skin of the neck can be the first to succumb to the signs of aging and this area is also among the most visible parts of the body. This combination of factors can quickly lead to a prematurely aged appearance that can be difficult. Concerns over the appearance of your neck can have many negative consequences; it can slowly affect your clothing choices, your mood, and your lifestyle. You may feel compelled to cover-up your neck continually or even avoid certain social events because of how you look. Further, it can be very challenging to mask or disguise these problems, especially for men.
Typically, these facial aging signs concerns include drooping or sagging jowls, laxity of the individual’s neck skin and a overall crêpey texture to the skin that can give you a tired, worn and fatigued look. Since these symptoms occur naturally — due to the effects of aging and gravity — you may think you don’t have adequate options to improve and rejuvenate your look. However, a neck lift can provide you with substantial, long-term benefits and also pairs well with other treatments. The long-lasting results that come with surgery ensure you will be happy with your appearance for years and can also have a tremendous effect on your wellbeing.
What is a neck lift?
A neck lift, or rhytidectomy, is a surgery that treats aging symptoms found in the chin, jawline and neck areas of the body. During your neck lift procedure, your surgeon will strategically excise loose skin, tighten underlying muscle, remove excess fat if necessary and elevate the skin which remains to eliminate drooping and sagging, smooth folds and provide you with an attractive, youthful appearance that preserves your character and personality.
What problems can a neck lift improve?
Neck lift surgery can improve problems caused by the deterioration of skin elasticity and muscle tone in the neck area over time that lead to loose and sagging skin, sub-optimal facial contours and dissatisfying profile. All of the concerns can have a direct impact on your confidence in social situations, negatively impacting many areas of your life. Surgically correcting these features can not only restore your youthful appearance but also boost your mood and confidence. You can expect a neck lift to improve:
- Loose and sagging skin
- Jowls and skin folds in the neck
- Weakened or stretched platysmal bands
- Skin that has a crêpey appearance
- Poor contours that are the result of muscle banding issues
- Lines, folds, wrinkles and creases in and around the neck
A neck lift surgery will respect your anatomy to provide you with the most natural look possible along with optimum, long-lasting rejuvenation. Selecting an experienced and qualified board-certified plastic surgeon is crucial to obtaining results which are tailored to you.
Am I a candidate for neck lift surgery?
Adult men and women who have unwanted facial aging symptoms can reap the benefits of a neck lift surgery. If you have loose or excess skin in the neck area, a double chin, very large jowls or facial contours and a profile that you’re dissatisfied with, you are likely a very good candidate for a neck lift.
As with any surgery, candidates for a neck lift should be in good health, have no history of bleeding issues and should not smoke for at least six weeks before and after their surgery if they smoke regularly. All prospective patients should also have reasonable expectations about the outcome of surgery.
The way interested patients can confirm that they can have a neck lift surgery is to visit a local board-certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Kahlil Andrews. Dr. Andrews will conduct a full examination, review your medical history and, most importantly, listen to your concerns and goals. From this information, he will tailor a course of treatment that can give you the results you want safely.
Do I need both facelift and neck lift surgery?
Many patients want to know whether they can achieve the rejuvenation they desire through a neck lift alone or if a neck lift and facelift will be necessary to eliminate aging symptoms. The answer depends on the symptoms you have and the level of rejuvenation you want. For example, if you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your eyes, an eyelid lift may be recommended, whether you have an additional surgery or not. A neck lift primarily improves problems below the jawline, while a full facelift can improve issues in the lower two-thirds of the face. Patients who want the maximum rejuvenation possible may choose to have both procedures, but both may not be necessary depending on your goals. It is not uncommon for a patient to select only one or the other procedure and have their cosmetic needs satisfied. Dr. Andrews can help you choose the surgical plan that will be safest and will also give you the results you want.
Patients can have a neck lift and more — with confidence and safety — performed by Dr. Kahlil Andrews!
Your choice of surgeon plays among the most significant roles in the kinds of results you can expect from your neck lift surgery. Each neck lift surgery is unique; it has to be to treat your unique symptoms and preserve your individual look. You also want to ensure that whichever procedure you have is performed using the latest standards in surgical techniques and provides you with the highest levels of safety. Only a board-certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Kahlil Andrews, can give you the confidence you need on all these fronts. Further, when your concerns are diagnosed accurately and your procedure is performed correctly, you can enjoy truly dramatic results after your neck lift procedure.
Schedule your in-person consultation with Dr. Andrews now by calling 319-450-7619. You can learn more about having a neck lift procedure and whether a facelift procedure can add to your benefits. A neck lift procedure can provide you with substantial rejuvenation for many years as well as greater confidence and wellbeing.
Dr. Andrews proudly serves patients in the Coralville, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Cedar Falls, Dubuque and Waterloo communities.