Remove Wrinkles And Sagging And Restore A Youthful Chin And Jawline With A Neck Lift
Signs of aging can often appear first in the neck region. Jowling, sagging neck skin, extra neck fat, and a double chin can all make you look older. A neck lift is the most comprehensive and definitive way of treating wrinkles, sagging skin, and extra fat in the neck and is performed regularly by the plastic surgeons at Hill Country Plastic Surgery. The goal of the procedure is to address sagging skin and extra fat in order to restore an elegant, youthful jawline and neck without creating the appearance that a full facelift was performed.
In San Antonio, fellowship-trained plastic surgeons Dr. Scott Farber and Dr. Amita Shah are industry leaders who are very experienced in facial plastic surgery, with years of extensive and intense training. Dr. Farber specializes in facial aesthetic surgery, drawing on his extensive experience and training to restore contours that look both youthful and natural. Their philosophy is that the surgeon should not just create a lifted neck and jawline, but also recontour the neck so you look like a beautiful, younger version of yourself.
They recognize that each neck requires an individualized approach to restore the appearance of youth and use a wide variety and combination of techniques to achieve this goal. In the end, you will have the most natural-looking results that celebrate your true beauty.
Because neck lift surgery can create such dramatic results, it is important to work only with a plastic surgeon who has experience with the specific procedure and who has a thorough knowledge and understanding of facial anatomy.
A neck lift removes excess skin, tightens the underlying facial tissue, and elegantly redrapes the skin of the neck, restoring a youthful facial contour, jawline, and neck. In addition, it can remove the excess fat that is stored under the chin that is responsible for the double chin appearance. There is some downtime associated with a neck lift, and it will not create a “new” you, it will simply restore a more youthful appearance. Sometimes, a neck lift will need to be redone in 10-15 years, and that is patient dependent.
Dr. Farber and Dr. Shah can also perform a revision neck lift in the San Antonio area to address issues you may be experiencing from a previous procedure. They generally work with patients seeking revisions a year or longer after their initial surgery.
Some patients are not ready for surgery and prefer nonsurgical treatments, such as dermal fillers, tightening radiofrequency, and BOTOX®, which provide a shorter-term, less dramatic rejuvenation. With these non-invasive options, you can expect to achieve about 30 percent of what you would get with a facelift.
How is a Neck Lift Performed?
Dr. Farber and Dr. Shah will work with each of their patients to create a customized treatment plan that will provide you with the best result. The goal with a neck lift is to tighten and contour the underlying tissue but not overtighten the skin, leading to beautiful, natural-looking results and avoiding the “pulled” look. A neck lift will have a lasting, powerful effect on the contour of the neck and jawline, restoring your appearance to that of 10-15 years younger.
The incision is made behind the ear and it allows your plastic surgeon to remove any excess skin and fat, as well as to strategically reposition neck tissues to restore a youthful contour. The remaining skin is lifted and sutured in place over the restored contour for a firmer appearance and a reduction in wrinkles and reduction in the sagging of the neck and jawline. The jawline, chin and neck areas can be targeted by liposuction to remove fatty deposits and create a more contoured and enhanced appearance.
What to Expect During Your Consultation Visit
During the initial consultation with your surgeon at Hill Country Plastic Surgery, we will discuss your concerns and goals before recommending treatment options that are tailored specifically to your needs. Prior to your consultation, we recommend that you review the procedures on our website so you are familiar with the terms we will be using during our discussion.
Once we identify your concerns and surgical goals, we will discuss all of the treatment options that are available to you. Every patient is unique and we will develop a tailored surgical plan that addresses your specific goals. In addition, we will thoroughly review your medical history, surgical history, medications, allergies, family medical history, and other important details. It is very important that we obtain accurate information in all of these areas as it may impact the outcome of your surgery.
While discussing different treatment options, we will perform a physical exam and take measurements that are necessary for planning for your surgery. Pre-operative (before surgery) photos will be taken either at your initial consultation, or during your pre-operative visit.
After your consultation, you will receive access to your notes on the patient portal in addition to information about your specific surgery. If you have not activated your patient portal, this can be done at your appointment by asking any of our staff to assist you. If you have questions after your appointment, you can contact our office or message us through the patient portal. Some patients will require medical clearance from their primary care physician or a specialist or additional tests before undergoing surgery.
Once you have determined that you would like to have surgery and have completed any clearances and tests that were requested, contact our office at (210) 658-3555 to schedule a pre-operative appointment with one of our surgeons.
Neck Lift FAQs
Are there things that can be done to enhance my neck lift?
Neck lifts are often combined with fat transfer to the cheeks, jawline, chin, or lips to volumize or augment these structures, giving your face a more natural, balanced appearance. A fat transfer refers to the process of taking fat from your abdomen or other problem areas and injecting purified fat tissue into another area of your body. The goal of the procedure is to improve the fullness of the cheeks, nasolabial folds, chin, jawline, or lower eye area, giving extra volume to the facial structure. This procedure may also be combined with a laser or chemical peel skin resurfacing to treat the fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth.
What level of discomfort should I expect after my procedure?
Most of our patients experience little to no pain the day after surgery. In the operating room, you receive a local anesthetic that helps control pain during the day of surgery. We will provide you with specialized aftercare instructions to reduce swelling and discomfort. Our team will also recommend supplements to help reduce swelling and bruising after surgery.
What is the expected recovery time after a neck lift?
Recovery time for a neck lift procedure is about 1 week. During the first week, patients may experience some swelling and bruising. Recovery is faster than with a traditional facelift, as the surgery focuses on only the jawline and the neck. There is rarely any need to place surgical drains. You can expect to return to a desk job within a week after the surgery so the majority of the swelling and bruising is gone. You can expect to return to normal activity after about three to four weeks.
It is important to note that recovery time varies from patient to patient, depending on medical condition, amongst other factors. After a neck lift, patients are advised to keep their head elevated while sleeping, apply a cold compress when needed, and avoid exercise and other strenuous activity.