What Is a Neck Lift?
A lower rhytidectomy, or neck lift, is a procedure done to make a man’s neck and jawline look younger. One common sign of aging is a loss of elasticity in the skin. This is frequently seen in skin sags below the neck. This procedure addresses that saggy skin and makes your neck look younger. Necks are the first parts of the face to show their age, sometimes as early as the late 20s. The neck lift handily gets rid of a double chin, cuts back the fat deposits, contours the jaw and improves the jowls.
It, while similar, is a much less invasive procedure than a facelift, and can easily de-age you by about 15 years. Dr. Douglas Steinbrech and Dr. Eduardo Gonzalez of the Male Plastic Surgery network specialize in neck lift procedures.
How Is a Neck Lift Performed?
The neck lift is one of the most transformative plastic surgery options available for men, perhaps only behind its brother, the facelift. The procedure afterward depends on whether you are receiving a traditional neck lift or a limited neck lift
The traditional neck lift starts with an incision around the earlobe and continues to the hairline at the ear. Another incision will be made underneath the chin. After this, the fat will be redistributed. The skin will be shifted around, the platysma muscle tightened up, and excess skin trimmed. The incision under the chin will often be used to repair the muscle and to perform a graft. After this, the incision will be closed. This procedure takes about two or three hours, and sedation is a given.
Limited neck lifts are very similar to traditional neck lifts, except that the incision areas are smaller, often just under the ear. This procedure’s length varies heavily. Full sedation is sometimes required and sometimes only a local is necessary, again it depends on the procedure.
Who Is A Good Candidate?
The ideal male candidates for neck lifts are between 40 and 80 years olds who are pleased with their facial appearance but feel their neck area is holding them back. This procedure lasts about 10-15 years.
If you are a man thinking about neck lift surgery and would like to know if you meet the guidelines for the treatment, you should meet with a qualified plastic surgeon for a consultation. Some of the ideal candidates include men, 40 to 80 years of age, who wish to improve their appearance:
- Skin damaged by sun/UV
- Excess skin or fat under the chin
- Large volume in the jowls/jaw
- Excess neck fat
Surgery Improves the look of:
- Loose skin and fat in the chin, jaw, or neck
- Excess fat in the neck area
- Loose skin or fat leftover from weight loss
What Can I Expect During My Recovery?
Successfully recovering from a neck lift necessitates being gentle for a couple of weeks. For the first day afterward, the patient’s movement will be highly limited, and constant bed rest is highly recommended for about a week or so. Additionally, after the procedure is done, you’ll have to have a drain placed in to collect excess fluid. This is often removed two days after the operation. The stitches won’t be in for much longer, as they usually come out between day seven and day ten.
Generally, a neck lift requires that the patient take about two weeks off from work. If you work manual labor or heavy lifting, you may have to take more time off. It will be a few weeks before you can return to weightlifting. Be sure to confer with your doctor or specialist!
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