You may desire a neck lift if you have localized deposits of fat in the anterior part of the neck – under the chin. A neck lift may also be desired if you have sagging, with skin folds in the anterior part of the neck.
This procedure is intended to produce a more youthful appearing neck with a better contour.
The neck lift is done on an outpatient basis under sedation and local or general anesthesia. The procedure may require an incision under the chin, behind the ears, or both. Fat is suctioned or excised, muscles may be tightened, and skin may be removed – all depending on individual findings.
The patient goes home with his or her chin and neck wrapped in dressings or in an elastic neck sling. Initial discomfort is easily controlled with oral medication. Swelling and bruising disappear over approximately 2 weeks. The final result of a neck lift is evident in 1-3 months.
The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are rare.