The neck, unfortunately, often shows the first signs of aging. Before the face reveals the effects of years, the neck sags, and muscle bands appear. Double-board-certified surgeon in aesthetic artistry, Dr. Adam Stein has performed neck lifts for thousands of patients.
What is Neck Tightening Surgery?
Neck tightening surgery, also known as a neck lift, corrects skin laxity, addresses jowls, and tightens the platysma–muscles in the neck between the upper chest and jawline often responsible for muscle banding.
At Stein Plastic Surgery, patients go under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. While under, Dr. Stein makes tiny incisions in non-obtrusive parts of the neck, repositions the muscles, adjusts underlying tissue, and excises surplus skin. In some cases, liposuction may be advisable to remove fat. The results are a tighter, younger-looking neck.
Neck lifts do not change your fundamental appearance. Instead, it tightens the skin for a more defined and smooth neck and jawline. Neck lifts are often combined with a facelift or rhinoplasty to improve facial symmetry and overall appearance.
Neck Lift Recovery
There may be some swelling and bruising that typically resolves within a few weeks. In one to two weeks, your new neck’s appearance will emerge. You’ll be able to return to work after a week and regular activities in two. Incisions disappear within six months.
Neck lifts are an outpatient procedure; however, you may not be able to drive after. A loved one arranging your meals and medications is also a huge relief while you recover. For the first few days, you will not be up for doing much, so prepare a comfortable place to relax with easily accessible entertainment. While healing, listen to your body. Mobility helps reduce the risk of clotting, so we will ask you to undergo light activity every day, but do not overdo it.
Dr. Stein recommends sleeping with your head elevated and following pain management instructions for optimal recovery time. Stein Plastic Surgery also recommends avoiding strenuous activities, steamy showers, and direct sunlight to prevent any hindrance to wound healing.
Am I a Good Candidate for Neck Lifts?
If you have concerns about muscle banding or skin laxity resulting in a turkey neck, you may be a good candidate for neck tightening surgery. Ideal candidates are non-smokers in good health with realistic expectations. If you smoke, you are still eligible for the treatment if you can commit to quitting for a few weeks before and after the procedure.
Take the Next Step
Ready to learn more about a neck lift? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Stein at Stein Plastic Surgery based in Raleigh, NC today! Simply fill out the form on this page or give us a call at (919) 261-7099.
*Individual results may vary.