A neck lift or chin liposuction is performed to remove excess fat beneath the chin and tighten loose skin in the neck. A less invasive alternative to a facelift, a neck lift performed by New Jersey plastic surgeon Dr. Nicole Schrader can produce dramatic results in the patient whose chin and/or neck has sagged with age or after weight loss.
If you’ve been considering a neck lift or another cosmetic procedure, please request a consultation online, or call Dr. Schrader’s office at 609-279-0009.
The most common concerns are excess fat, turkey wattle neck, or too much skin. If your concern is excess fat, you will most likely receive liposuction. If you have weakened or loose neck muscles, this may cause the “turkey wattle” or neck “bands.” To correct this you and your surgeon will discuss the best surgery or a less invasive procedure. The surgery involving neck muscle (platysma) is called a platysmaplasty surgery. For excess skin, your surgeon might recommend a cervicoplasty, trimming parts of the skin and lifting in into place.
Your neck can age before your face. Time is not always responsible for that appearance you would like to undo. If you have lost a lot of weight, your neck can take time to catch up. It can also be a matter of genetics.
How do I know if I need a neck lift or a facelift?
I promote neck lift surgery as a less-invasive alternative to facelift at my New Jersey practice. Although both surgeries can improve the look of the neck, neck lift surgery does not involve the face.
Because of the neck’s thin skin and regular, unprotected sun exposure, many men and women notice their necks beginning to age before any other parts of their faces. Skin laxity, wrinkles, jowls, or an overall “crepey” texture sometimes begin to appear in patients as young as their 30s, which is why neck lift patients are often younger than facelift patients – but the surgery can be appropriate for any adult who is bothered by the appearance of his or her neck.
The best way to know for sure if a neck lift, facelift, or other procedure is the best match for you is by scheduling a personalized, one-on-one consultation. During this appointment, I examine your face and listen closely to your concerns to help you develop an effective plan of action.
Where are the incisions located?
I take several different approaches to neck lift surgery, so I don’t always make incisions in the same place on every patient. Depending on my surgical approach, I may make incisions under the chin, in front of the ear, or at the base of the scalp. With proper postoperative care, these incisions heal to faint, discreet scars that are not noticeable to most people.
During your consultation, I offer my suggestions to give you the best possible outcome, and I explain where I plan to make incisions and why. Prior to your surgery, you have a full understanding of where your incisions will be made, as well as how to care for them after surgery to ensure quick healing.
How long will my results last?
The results of a neck lift are not permanent, but they can last for many years with good care. There are many variables to take into account when predicting the longevity of a neck lift, including:
- Skin type
- Details of the surgery
Most of my neck lift patients enjoy their results for anywhere between 5 and 10 years before they begin to see signs of aging re-emerge. Your surgical results can be prolonged by maintaining a stable weight and practicing good sun protection habits.
Are there any non-surgical options for improving the neck?
Yes. Whether you have only mild signs of neck aging, or you simply prefer a non-surgical procedure, there are several options for improving the look of the neck without surgery. These include:
- Laser skin treatments: My patients have several options for laser treatments, including the ScitonÂ® SkinTyte™ system. SkinTyte uses infrared energy to heat the soft tissue of the neck, causing it to coagulate and contract. The result is a smoother, more contoured neck.
- Peels and microdermabrasion: Especially effective at reducing the appearance of sun damage, chemical peels and microdermabrasion can successfully treat fine lines, discoloration, and uneven tone.
Although none of these options can provide an outcome equal to surgery, they can give many patients beautiful, noticeable results.
Plastic surgery involves many choices. The first and most important is selecting a surgeon you can trust. Choosing a good facial plastic surgeon ensures that you have selected a physician who:
- Is trained and experienced in all facial plastic surgery procedures
- Operates only in accredited medical facilities
- Adheres to a strict code of ethics
- Is board certified by The American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS)
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