A neck lift, also known as a lower rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that involves removing excess skin and tightening the underlying muscles in the neck area. The procedure can also help remove fat deposits, known as jowls, that can develop along the jawline.
During the procedure, a plastic surgeon will make incisions behind the ears and under the chin. They will then remove excess skin and fat, and tighten the muscles in the neck. The incisions are then closed with sutures.
A neck lift can have several benefits, including::
If you are considering a neck lift, it is important to speak with a qualified plastic surgeon to determine if the procedure is right for you. Candidates for the procedure typically have excess skin and fat in the neck area, as well as weakened or sagging muscles.
It is also important to have realistic expectations about the outcome of the procedure. While a neck lift can improve the appearance of the neck and jawline, it cannot stop the natural aging process.
If you are interested in a neck lift, take the first step by speaking with a qualified plastic surgeon. They can help determine if the procedure is right for you and answer any questions you may have.
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There are four different options to improve a neck. Depending on how much extra skin you have, fat, and how lax your muscles are these options will be discussed during your private consultation. First option is just liposuction. Second option is a mini neck lift through a small scar in the submental crease. This pulls the neck medially or inward. Next option is a mini lateral neck lift, which has two small scars, and pulls the neck laterally or out to the side. Finally, the last two options are a T or Z neck lift, where the submental skin excess is removed and a full neck lift, which includes the T or Z scar as well as a vertical scar all the way down to the sternal notch. This last option is the most aggressive, but has the most scarring.
In a lower blepharoplasty, typically a canthopexy is done at the same time to tighten the loose orbicularis muscle and give a more natural look while diminishing ectropion or lateral scleral show.
A Midface or cheek lift is done through the same incision as a lower blepharoplasty with the addition of a small incision in the hairline. The muscle is lifted in two directions, one with the lower blepharoplasty and canthopexy, and secondly, in a different vector superiorly to lift the mid face or cheek. Most people lift this laterally, but I have changed my approach, because that did not look as natural and it was not as powerful a lift. The midface or cheek ages and descends downward. Please remember that with a mid face or cheek lift, you are also getting a lower blepharoplasty at the same time. It is included and not a separate procedure.
Most surgeons will lift the muscle or SMAS in 1 direction. I have evolved my technique over the years to lift it in 3 separate directions, which results in much more powerful lift, as well as a more natural look. The 3 vectors are determined the day of surgery, depending on what priorities the patient has in terms of jowls, jawline, neck etc. Even though this improves the midface about 30% and the neck, further work can be done with a midface or cheek lift, as well as additional work to the neck, depending on the patient's examination and their expectations.
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