The only option to remove excess fat and skin in the neck is with plastic surgery. The jawline can become jowly with excess skin, fat, and bands appearing around the neck. Necklift surgery can correct visible signs of aging by removing excess fat, tightening underlying muscles, and redraping the skin of your neck. A neck lift surgery is one of the most powerful operations Dr. Lesesne performs to restore a more youthful appearance to the face and especially the neckline.
A neck lift can be used in conjunction with liposuction. Liposuction is used to liquefy and remove the neck fat. Then, Dr. Lesesne removes the loose skin resulting in a tightened and natural looking neck and jawline.
Neck Lift Procedure
During a neck lift surgery, incisions are made under the chin in and, behind the ears. The loose skin is then pulled and tightened, and the incision is closed. The end result is a taunt, more defined neck. Scars after neck lift surgery are short, fine in width, and are concealed under your chin and behind the ears.
Neck Lift Recovery
After the procedure, slight swelling and bruising can occur, and will subside in about 5 days. During that time, there will also be some soreness. Patients should stay home and rest for approximately 2 to 3 days following surgery. Dr. Lesesne recommends that patients sleep with their head elevated to help speedup recovery and decrease swelling and bruising during the first week after surgery. Patients are usually able to attend social functions after 10-14 days after surgery and may return to full exercise and activity after 4 weeks. It is common for numbness can occur around the incision. You may also notice a change in tightness, tingling, or pulling sensation. These feelings are temporary and usually subside within the first few weeks.
Liposuction is used in a neck plastic surgery to remove unwanted fat in the neck. Liposuction allows Dr. Lesesne to recontour the neck and jawline. Facial liposuction is performed through a tiny incision made under the chin. When working with a small surface are, Dr. Lesesne suctions out the unwanted fat through a specialized syringe creating a smooth defined neck and jaw.
For patients with visible bands or cords that have begun to separate, the neck lift may include adjusting and or tightening the platysma muscle. Tightening the platysma muscle in conjunction with a neck lift and liposuction is an ideal way to improve excessive neck sagging.
To tighten or reduce the platysma muscle, Dr. Lesesne makes incisions under your chin or behind your ears to access the neck muscle or platysma. Dr. Lesesne then manipulates the muscle with permanent sutures to hold the tissue in place. In some cases, it is necessary to remove parts of the muscle. Botox injections can also be used to relax parts of the platysma that are responsible for the band appearance within the neck.