A neck lift is plastic surgery procedure that rejuvenates the neck. It usually involves the removal of excess skin and fat, with or without the tightening of underlying muscles, and the redraping of skin on the neck.
Anesthesia type: General or Local
Facility type: Outpatient surgery center or in-office surgical suite
Recovery time: 1-2 weeks to be socially acceptable, 4-6 weeks full recovery
What to expect during recovery: Swelling, bruising, itching and redness along incisions, temporary loss of sensation around surgical area, asymmetric healing, pain ranging in degree, tenderness, restricted range of motion when turning your head from side to side. A post surgical garment may be required for the first few days to 1 week following surgery.
Deciding to have a neck lift–
If you are considering a neck lift read through this section to become educated on the procedure, then call our office to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Hurvitz at his Long Beach, CA. office. During your visit, let Dr. Hurvitz know what bothers you about your neck and how you would like to change it. This will help him gain an understanding of your aesthetic goals. Dr. Hurvitz will examine your neck and face to determine which procedure or combination of procedures will obtain the best results, followed by explaining how these specific changes will enhance your appearance. He will also let you know if your expectations are realistic and achievable. Keep in mind, it is very important to be realistic about your expectations, as there is no such thing as a perfect result. However, with Dr. Hurvitz’s expertise and vast experience in facial rejuvenation, you can rest assured you will be pleased with the result. During your consultation Dr. Hurvitz will also review your overall health and discuss with you the risks, recovery time, and costs involved. All of this information will help you decide whether having a neck lift is right for you.
About neck lift surgery –
Neck lift surgery is requested by both men and women. Often times the first signs of aging begin to show in the neck area. Some of the changes someone might notice are:
- loose neck skin
- fat under the chin
- turkey neck
- visible “number 11” bands running vertically down the front of the neck; platysma bands
Modern advances in plastic surgery techniques have enabled plastic surgeons, such as Dr. Hurvitz, to offer patients more options for rejuvenating their face and neck. Decades ago it was common for surgeons to perform a total facelift, which would include the neck. Today, facial specialists such as Dr. Hurvitz, have adopted a more customized approach for correcting facial aging. He breaks the face down into four areas.
- Upper Face – forehead, brow, upper eyes
- Mid Face – temple, cheeks, lower eyes
- Lower Face – nasal labial folds, lower cheeks, jawline, mouth, chin
- Neck – lower jawline, neck, chest
In some cases, Dr. Hurvitz may recommend combining a neck lift with a lower facelift. Often times patients put off pursuing cosmetic surgery until aging reaches a point where they can no longer stand looking in the mirror. By this time, the signs of aging have progressed, requiring additional procedures to achieve the best result. There is something to be said about combating aging early. Not only will the result be subtle and less obvious to those around you, but it will help keep other issues at bay a little longer. When possible, Dr. Hurvitz suggests a staged approach to managing facial aging.
With today’s advances and a more conservative customized approach to addressing facial aging, patients now how the option of choosing between having their surgery performed in-office under local anesthesia or under general anesthesia at an outpatient surgical facility. There are some instances where one anesthesia option over another is preferred or required by Dr. Hurvitz. Often times if multiple procedures are being combined into one surgery, it is best to have the surgery under general anesthesia. This will be discussed in greater detail during the consultation.
Here is a list of procedures frequently combined with a neck lift:
- Platysmaplasty (tightening of the muscle bands in the neck)
- Liposuction of the neck
- Lower facelift
- Chin implant