Age brings beautiful things, such as wisdom, fond memories, and meaningful experiences. And then, there are those other changes that aren’t so welcome. One of the most notoriously unwanted changes related to the aging process is the increase in skin laxity that causes skin sagging and wrinkles. These issues may be especially apparent in the lower face and neck as skin folds, banding around the neck, and sagging jowls develop.
Board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Alan Durkin offers Neck Lift Surgery in Vero Beach, FL. Patients who would like to achieve a more sculpted, youthful appearance in their neck and jawline can look forward to exceptional care and stunning results with Ocean Drive Plastic Surgery.
A Doctor’s note from Dr. Alan Durkin
The process of aging can be stressful for everyone, and certain parts of the body showcase aging more visibly than others. The human neck tops this list. The neck is prone to signs of aging due to both its structure and position. The neck holds six separate ranges of motion, meaning that the skin of the neck is subjected to multiple movement vectors throughout life. This causes a reduction in skin quality and laxity in the neck fascia (aka the supporting structure) faster than areas that have less motion.
Compounding these terrible developments is the platysma muscle of the neck. This is a cord-like muscle that, over time, develops large cord-like bands that are seen at rest and during animation. Taking all of this in, this is why the neck shows off your age more than you’d like! From my perspective, the bottom line is that the most common indication for facial rejuvenation surgery is improvement of the neck, rather than the face!
There are a number of surgical and nonsurgical treatment strategies for the human neck.
Currently, the nonsurgical treatment strategies for the neck are most effective in younger patients with minimal laxity. Surgical approaches to the neck continue to outperform nonsurgical approaches, but nonsurgical technologies clearly benefit surgical procedures long term as it relates to the neck. This is in sharp distinction to facial aging, where the nonsurgical approaches are much more effective in reversing facial aging as compared to reducing neck aging.
The most recognized approach to reversing the signs of neck aging is an Isolated Neck Lift. This procedure is very common in men, as men tend to look at their neck as an isolated problem. In our experience, our female clients look for more of a comprehensive face/neck improvement, while men simply want to get rid of the “muffin top” in their neck when they button their top shirt button. Neck lifts are designed to subtract out excess skin and tighten the deeper structures mechanically.
A Neck Lift is a surgical solution to excess skin and fat under the chin, along the jawline, and in the neck. A Neck Lift produces long-term results and more significant improvements in the treated areas than non-surgical treatments. Via small incisions, Dr. Durkin removes excess fat and skin, allowing him to effectively lift and sculpt the neck and area beneath the chin.
The result is a substantially more contoured, younger-looking appearance that can last a decade or more.
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Neck Lift surgery offers lasting improvements to various issues that contribute to the appearance of weight and aging in the neck and beneath the chin.
A Neck Lift effectively removes excess skin and fat for a more taut appearance, eliminating the ever-dreaded double chin. In addition, Dr. Durkin may also pull the underlying muscles tight to enhance and support the effects of fat reduction and excess skin removal. As diet and exercise can contribute to all-over fat reduction, aging can cause fat pockets to appear in areas less affected by weight loss. In these cases, Neck Lift Surgery can correct the accumulation of excess stubborn fat in the submental area and around the neck.
The incisions for a Neck Lift are inconspicuously placed beneath the chin and behind the ear. Neck Lift Surgery creates a more defined jawline and smoother contours from the lower face through the neck to achieve a substantially more youthful overall look. With years and pounds taken off your appearance, you can take on life with an enhanced sense of confidence and self-esteem.
Neck Lift Surgery may be an excellent treatment option for you if you are healthy overall, have reasonable expectations for your surgery, and can take off the appropriate amount of time to achieve a full recovery. The best candidates for Neck Lift Surgery often express such concerns as the appearance of a double chin, jowls, lack of definition along the jawline, ‘turkey neck,’ or vertical bands extending from the chin to the mid-section of the neck.
While the finesse of an experienced and reputable surgeon like Dr. Durkin is required to achieve the best results, the Neck Lift procedure is relatively straightforward. Via small incisions, Dr. Durkin will remove or sculpt any fat contributing to your concerns and tighten any muscles that have become lax. Just before closing your incisions, Dr. Durkin will remove the appropriate amount of skin to achieve a taut and natural-looking appearance before closing the incisions.
As some patients wish to address skin laxity in more than one area of the face at once, you may choose to combine your Neck Lift Surgery with other face-rejuvenating procedures. Most often, these procedures include a facelift, brow lift, chin augmentation, or blepharoplasty. However, you can discuss your concerns with Dr. Durkin at your consultation to determine the best treatment plan for your needs.
Neck Lift Surgery requires general anesthesia, so you will need a close friend or family member to drive you home and provide care after your procedure. Following surgery, you can expect swelling and bruising to occur. Keeping your head elevated and wearing a compression garment can reduce swelling. Your swelling bruising will fade over the weeks following surgery. By six months, your incisions will have healed completely. You can expect your results to last for years to come. You may also increase the longevity of your results with periodic non-surgical face rejuvenation.
Risks associated with Neck Lift Surgery include infection, blood clots, thick scarring, necrosis, bleeding, nerve injury, or reaction to anesthesia. However, you can minimize your risks by seeking treatment from a board-certified surgeon.
Results from Neck Lift Surgery can last as long as 10 to 15 years.
At Ocean Drive Plastic Surgery in Vero Beach, Dr. Alan Durkin and his team of providers deliver incredible results tailored to your needs in a relaxing and uplifting atmosphere. Learn more about the Ocean Drive difference by scheduling your one-on-one diagnostic consultation with Dr. Durkin today.