Neck Lift/Neck Contouring

A smooth and graceful neckline lends a sense of finesse that serves to enhance a person’s overall beauty quotient.  With age or with weight fluctuation the neck can look out of shape and ill-defined.  The sight of slight fullness under the chin or skin getting lax around the neck may disturb the person and effect ones confidence and esteem.  Depending on the skin condition, it is described as a “double neck” or “turkey neck”.  As the intensity of the fullness under the chin and skin laxity increases, the youthful and well-defined sharp jaw-neck angle takes a hit and becomes less well-defined.  Neck lift/neck contouring can provide a striking improvement in restoring your aesthetic appeal between neck and chin. 

Neck lifting/Neck Countering

Through a neck lift/contouring surgery; a cosmetic surgeon can help patients achieve a naturally beautiful neckline that they once were proud to flaunt.  What more, people across the age can undergo this procedure!  Neck lift/contouring creates firmer, smoother and more refined appearance of the neck and chin.  An improvementin the thick and sagging neck can up the aesthetic appeal of a person to a great extent even without making any other changes to the face, a patient may look years younger post the procedure.  Neck lift/contouring also brings back the balance to facial features by correcting the upper neck and jawline that frames the rest of the face.  Neck lift/contouring defines, rather redefines, the chin-neck angle, lending a clear-cut definition to the two.  Excess fat on account of relaxation of superficial neck muscles often result in that “double-chin” appearance.

Neck lift/contouring cannot be described in medical terms, but rather the patient’s aesthetic goals.  A cosmetic surgeon may adopt a completely different surgical approach for a patient who wants to restructure a full chin versus a patient who wants to get rid of a “turkey neck”.  Neck lift/contouring can be performed either as a single procedure or be clubbed with other facial cosmetic surgery procedures for more comprehensive outcome.

Neck liposuction:

If your physical image is marred by excessively full or “double chin” despite maintaining a healthy weight?  Liposuction may help you get out of this conundrum.  Most neck lift procedures begin with liposuction to remove excess fat.  Liposuction of the neck can achieve a well-defined and more graceful neckline.  In liposuction fat is removed through one or two tiny incisions concealed beneath the chin or behind the ears.  A cosmetic surgeon inserts a small liposuction cannula, removing excess fat and sculpting a natural contour to the chin and neck. the areas treated are covered with a bandage or compression garment  to help contain the swelling.  Following the procedure the patient may be asked to wear a supportive chin strap for about three or four weeks.

In this fast-paced world, liposuction is considered to be a fairly quick procedure and it can be performed under local anesthesia.  Post procedure you can return to work within a week and can return to full activities of daily living after about two weeks.  It is perfectly alright if you experience swelling and bruising after liposuction, it will go away after about 10 to 14 days after the procedure.  Results are long-lasting as long as the person maintains the ideal weight.

Neck lift surgery:

If sagging of the neck or lack of elasticity on the neck is what bogs you down, then neck lift surgery may be the procedure for you.  Medical terms used for a neck lift surgery are cervicoplasty (to remove excess skin) or platysmaplasty (to tighten loose neck muscles).  A cosmetic surgeon may do either of these procedures or both to firm up the loose neck muscles and remove excess sagging skin tissue to give a firmer, smoother and better-defined neck appearance.

A neck lift surgery is typically performed as an daycare procedure under general anesthesia or IV sedation.  The procedure begins with the cosmetic surgeon making a small incision behind your each ear and depending on your needs, a third small incision under your chin may also be made.  These incisions are to tighten the neck muscles and underlying tissues and remove excess sagging tissue to restore graceful and youthful appearance of your neck.

Recovery depends on the extent of the surgery performed.  Typically, patients get back to daily life, including going to work, after about two weeks post surgery.  You may feel a neck tightness for a few weeks post surgery and there could be bruising and swelling.  These are all quite normal and will go away.  Bruising will fade away after a week, whereas the tight feeling may be there for several months.  You should follow the instructions given by the cosmetic surgeon during the recuperative phase.

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