In a female, a well-defined neck silhouette is a sign of youthfulness and beauty. As one ages, a combination of loose, hanging skin and the accumulation of fat under the chin contribute to the loss of the well-defined neck you once had. While advanced changes in the neck, like those of a ‘turkey wattle’, are usually corrected by a facelift, early changes in the neck can often be addressed in a more limited procedure, a neck lift or cervicoplasty. A neck lift can redefine that beautiful neck line you once had by eliminating any excessive fat under the chin, tightening and re-suspending the lax muscles of the neck, and, finally, the lax skin reforms. The incision is just underneath the chin. The skin is separated from the muscle. Liposuction is then performed over the muscle. If the muscle is lax, as it is in the patient below, the muscle is then resected and sutured together. The highlights on the next for the patient outlines the treatment area for an isolated neck lift or cervicoplasty. The picture on the right is two weeks post neck lift. In selecting the correct patient this procedure can set back the clock years.
We will evaluate your medical history in order to determine your overall health. Dr. Johnson will discuss with you how your face can look and what you can expect from surgery. Our objective is to create a natural appearance that is pleasing to you. Photographs are taken to determine the amount of improvement expected and for comparison after surgery. We will provide you with preoperative instructions that may include the elimination of specific drugs containing aspirin several weeks before surgery to minimize excess bleeding. Antibiotics may also be prescribed to prevent infection depending on your medical history. Do not smoke for seven (7) days prior to surgery and seven days after.
After surgery you neck will feel tight or stiff. Tightness in the neck will relax over the next 2-3 months. It is important that the dressing is worn initially for 5 days, then at night for the next 2 weeks. It is also imperative that you do not turn your neck for 2 weeks, as this will loosen the sutures and may cause a relapse. Take this limitation in consideration when planing your activities and driving schedule. Keep any incision moist with Polysporin® for 2 weeks. You can find Polysporin® over the counter at any local pharmacy.