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Improve Your Profile with a Neck Lift
Our necks are one of the first places to show the signs of age. Due to environmental factors, genetics, and time, the skin on the neck and chin area begins to sag and wrinkle. The wrinkles and excess skin can significantly age your appearance, especially when the face is still fairly firm and youthful. A neck lift is one way to improve your overall look and slow down the aging process for those who do not need a face lift. Charlotte, North Carolina is home to Criswell & Criswell Plastic Surgery, where their staff will tighten neck muscles, remove excess fat, and improve your profile to reduce the unpleasant appearance of a “turkey wattle.”
Neck Lift Procedure in Charlotte, NC
If a full neck lift procedure is not necessary, for some patients, liposuction, Kybela or SculpSure in the neck or jawline area will improve the appearance of an undefined jaw or fatty deposits in a double chin. When more significant signs of aging are present such as creased and sagging skin, a full neck lift procedure may be the most effective treatment.
A neck lift is performed by first making small incisions either under the chin or behind the ears near the hairline.
Then the platysma muscle, a muscle that goes up the side of the neck, is tightened and secured. Excess skin and fat are removed, and sutures may be placed near the incision to help eliminate excess blood or fluids.
The nature of the surgery will determine the duration of the surgery. The procedure is performed as an out patient procedure.
Is a Neck Lift Right for You?
As the neck skin and tissue is very delicate, it is important that any procedure is performed by a surgeon who is experienced and has a long history of beautiful results. We are proud of our reputation for surgical excellence, and can produce impressive results in patients who struggle with the following issues:
- Sagging neck skin
- Unattractive neck bands
- Double chin
- Excess fat on neck area
- Droopy, crepe-y neck skin
- Lines, wrinkles and creases on neck area
It’s essential to meet with a plastic surgeon to evaluate your overall health before determining your eligibility for a neck lift procedure. Let your surgeon know about any medical conditions you have, medications you are currently taking, and any other cosmetic procedures or surgeries you had in the past. A physical is typically necessary to ensure you are healthy enough for surgery. You should also stop smoking a minimum of 4-6 weeks before your surgery, and your doctor will give you instructions if you need to alter your current medication or dosages.
Recovery and Care
While recovery time will vary among patients, the average recovery time for a neck lift is two weeks. Immediately following the procedure, the surgeon will apply bandages near the incision and provide instructions for caring for the drains. You should avoid excessive movement of the neck and keep the head elevated above the heart to reduce swelling. Bruising is common but diminishes as the days pass. You may have the sensation of tightness or numbness in the neck area, which can take a few weeks or months to reduce. The surgeon will walk through all postoperative care instructions to help you heal properly and avoid future complications. The experienced staff at Criswell & Criswell Plastic Surgery in Charlotte, NC will take great care to ensure natural, long-lasting results. Dr. Bryan Criswell and Dr. Kara Criswell are both highly experienced plastic surgeons who are well-respected in the Charlotte area for their attention to detail and for producing high-quality, natural looking results. Make an appointment with our office today find out if a neck lift is right for you.