Top 3 Reasons Why You Should Get a Neck Lift
- 27 July 2016
- Dr. Mark Broudo
Having a graceful and beautifully contoured neck is like adding accessories to an already stunning dress. You can wear your dress as is, and people will take their time to compliment you.
But if you add a simple accessory, like a pendant necklace or a pair of hoop earrings, it will further enhance your look and make you realize that wearing accessories is better than wearing none at all.
That is why a neck lift can greatly enhance your features and provide your face with a certain glow. Also known as platysmaplasty, a neck lift surgery involves the alteration of neck muscles to improve the visible signs of aging on your jawline and neck.
While people seldom notice your neck, getting a neck lift will give you a more pleasant overall appearance. The removal of the double chin can make you appear like you lost weight while strengthening loose neck muscles can make you look a lot younger.
If you are still wondering what this procedure can do for you, the following are the top three reasons why you should get a neck lift surgery.
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Turkey wattle neck
Notice those loose muscles or bands on your neck that is reminiscent of that fleshy part found under the beak of a turkey? That is the turkey wattle, and unfortunately, people can have that, too.
There are a variety of factors that can contribute to the presence of turkey wattle neck. Foremost of them are aging and gravity, which are natural phenomena that will always take a toll on your physical appearance. Environmental conditions may also worsen the overall well-being of your skin’s integrity. An example of this is extreme exposure to sunlight, which speeds up the aging process of your skin. Stress--whether emotional, financial, or physical--can also be a contributing factor, as it can also accelerate the aging process. Smoking can also produce a turkey wattle neck because it decreases the elasticity of the skin, making it appear wrinkly and unpleasant. Other factors include obesity and heredity.
The presence of a turkey wattle is one of the biggest reasons why people want to get a neck lift surgery. To correct this, your neck lift may involve the surgeon creating an incision under your chin and behind your ears to access the platysma or neck muscles and manipulating it accordingly. Sometimes, the removal of some muscles may be necessary. Your surgeon may use permanent sutures to hold the tissue in place.
Thanks to technological advancements, newer and less invasive neck lift procedures are available to correct your turkey wattle neck. Your surgeon may opt to make smaller incisions and use an endoscope--a small camera attached to a thin tube--to complete your surgery.
Another possible solution is the administration of Botox injections, which can relax parts of the platysma that are responsible for the appearance of unsightly bands in your neck. While this is the fastest and least invasive method for correcting your turkey wattle neck, the effects are also temporary, usually lasting only for three to six months.
It is best to ask your surgeon during consultation for all the neck lift options that you have to treat your turkey wattle neck.
The presence of excess fat in your neck area is another reason why you should consider getting a neck lift surgery. This often results in a double chin, which is something that many people would like to get rid of. Most people have this misconception that having a double chin and being overweight go hand-in-hand. But in reality, double chins are often a result of weight loss or the natural aging process. Hence, you can be stick thin but still sport the unflattering double chin.
When your problem is a double chin or excess fat in the neck area, your surgeon might recommend that you undergo a neck lift surgery with liposuction. In this procedure, your cosmetic surgeon makes a small cut below your chin, allowing him to remove the excess fat. The cannula used to remove excess fat is moved in a fan or spoke-wheel pattern, thereby reducing adipose tissue from the central to the peripheral regions. Sometimes, this excess fatty tissue can be transplanted elsewhere if needed in order to reveal your natural jawline.
Liposuction is usually the first procedure done by your surgeon if you are combining a variety of procedures with your neck lift. Removing excess fat through neck lift and liposuction can last for an hour. Your incisions will be stitched and bandaged, so it is important that you follow your doctor’s instructions on properly caring for your incision site during the recovery period.
The presence of too much skin on your neck is another valid reason to consider getting a neck lift surgery. There are times when the double chin is no longer an issue of excess fat but already a case of extra loose skin. With a neck lift surgery, the skin can be tightened and, if necessary, even cut out.
During a neck lift, your surgeon trims parts of your skin and lifts them into place, securing them with either glue or stitches. This process usually takes anywhere from two to four hours, depending on the complexity of the procedure. Your surgeon will also ask you to wear a fitted compression bandage for at least a week to aid in the healing process. A drain may also be placed on the incision right after surgery to avoid fluid accumulation.
Whether you are suffering from a double chin or a turkey gobble neck, a neck lift surgery could be the answer to your woes. Aside from its physical benefits, a neck lift can also have mental benefits, such as a boost in self-esteem and a newfound self-confidence.
If you want to take advantages of the benefits of a neck lift surgery, drop us a call. Schedule a Free Consultation with one of our board-certified cosmetic surgeons here on Face + Body Cosmetic Surgery and we will help you make informed decisions regarding your neck lift surgery.