A neck lift is a common cosmetic procedure which aims to tighten the skin around your neck, remove unsightly wrinkles, and restore a youthful appearance. It is usually a surgical process, involving the removal of skin and fat.
Neck lifts are cosmetic procedures which set out to remove wrinkles and fat deposits from the neck region thereby restoring smooth skin, a slender neckline, and a youthful appearance. The process requires surgery in all cases, but the nature of operations varies. Some neck lifts are partial - with far less invasive surgery. Others are "full" procedures, with extensive time in theatre, and the need for a general anaesthetic.
In a full neck lift, the process goes roughly as follows:
The process described above is known as a full neck lift, but it is not the only procedure available to address excess fat or neck wrinkles. A partial or mini neck lift may also be advised. In this case, the process is much less invasive and time consuming, but it still involves some degree of surgery.
Surgeons will generally administer a local anaesthetic and make a submental (under the chin) incision. After that, they may manipulate the platysma although liposuction is often the central part of the process. The incisions are far smaller than with standard neck lifts, and there should be much less bruising or inflammation.
Typically, mini neck lifts will be suitable for younger patients with less developed bands or wrinkles. If you need to remove deeper wrinkles or larger fat deposits, a full neck lift will almost certainly be preferable.Alternatively, patients may choose non-surgical treatments which resemble neck lifts. For example, thread lifting may be suggested. In this case, fibres are threaded below the skin, "lifting" it into a firmer, younger-looking appearance.
When undergoing a neck lift, your expectations should be realistic. No cosmetic procedure is infallible, and surgeons are not miracle workers. However, modern techniques and skilled practitioners can achieve remarkable results, restoring youthful skin texture and appearance.
During and after surgery, expect some discomfort and changes to your lifestyle. This is part of almost any cosmetic procedure. In the case of a neck lift, you may need to change your diet to incorporate foods that are easier to swallow. And it's always advisable to eat a healthy, nutrient-rich diet following surgery to ensure your body has what it needs to heal sufficiently.
Don't expect instant results, either. Neck lifts take time to settle in, as muscles and skin adapt to their new position and the absence of fat deposits. The final results won't be apparent for 3-6 months, so don't worry if radical changes are not yet apparent. Be patient and give the procedure time.