The earliest signs of aging may appear in the neck area. A neck lift is a way to subtly diminish these signs of aging through the removal of excess skin and fat. If you’re bothered by deep lines, wrinkles or sagging skin on your neck, consider a neck lift with Dr. Bajaj in Oklahoma City.
The best candidates for a neck lift are in good health and wish to reverse signs of facial aging, sun exposure and smoking in the lower face and neck.
What is a Neck Lift?
Neck lift surgery in OKC is a safe and effective way to tighten underlying neck muscles to improve muscle tone. After a neck lift, your skin will appear tighter and smoother — creating a more attractive, youthful-looking contour. A neck lift (lower rhytidectomy) addresses loose skin that hangs under the chin, which can add years to your appearance and create the impression of a “turkey gobbler.”
The neck lift is a surgical procedure that reduces the amount of excess skin to lift the profile of the face and neck and create a younger appearance. Despite its many advantages, a neck lift may not be for everyone. The best way to find out if you’re an ideal candidate is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bajaj.
Benefits of Neck Lift Surgery
- Excess fat deposits in the neck
- Sagging or excess neck skin
- Jowls or a double chin
Who is a good candidate?
Good candidates for a neck lift should be non-smokers in good health who desire a lifted, youthful neckline and rejuvenated appearance. Patients should have realistic expectations for what a neck lift can achieve. Candidates who are interested in a neck lift may often benefit from a facelift as these procedure areas are complementary.
A neck lift is a significant cosmetic surgery and requires preparation. While preparing for a neck
lift, patients will be instructed do the following:
- Avoid anti-inflammatory medication for two weeks prior to the procedure
- Smoking patients should quit at least three weeks before their procedure
- Complete a medical evaluation with your primary doctor in advance of the procedure; Fill your prescriptions and make arrangements for transportation after the procedure, as you will be unable to drive for the first 24 hours after surgery.
- Arrange for a friend and loved one to assist you around the house during the first day or two of your recovery.
At Bajaj Plastic Surgery, Dr. Bajaj prioritizes safety and comfort to her patients. If at any point during your treatment you have questions or concerns, Dr. Bajaj and her staff are here to ensure that all of her patients have a smooth and speedy procedure and recovery.
Aging symptoms that impact the face and cause facial aging are linked to skin laxity or loss of skin elasticity over time. Skin elasticity is your skin’s natural ability to hold form and retain a taut, smooth appearance. Youthful skin bounces back when pulled and easily resists the effects of gravity. Due to the natural effects of aging and exacerbated by sun exposure, loss of skin elasticity increases over time. This results in sagging skin, wrinkling, drooping facial features and jowling on the face. Facial aging is primarily a result of skin laxity, but the symptoms can be successfully treated by procedures such as the neck lift, facelift, and other facial rejuvenation treatments such as botox, filler,s and laser treatments.
A neck lift surgery takes between 2-3 hours to perform under general. Oklahoma plastic surgeon Dr. Bajaj will begin by making two incisions behind or under the ears. The skin is then lifted and trimmed away. An additional incision may be made underneath your chin to access the platysma (neck muscle). The platysma muscle will be tightened. Dr. Bajaj will manipulate or remove some of excess tissue to improve contour. The skin is then redraped tightly across the neck to give the lower face a more youthful appearance. The incisions are finally closed using sutures for minimal scarring.
A neck lift is a great procedure for addressing a specific set of aging issues, but for some patients, they may desire more comprehensive rejuvenation. The neck lift may be performed in conjunction with many different treatments to achieve a variety of goals. Some of the most common additional and alternative procedures with a neck lift include:
Liposuction can serve as a safe and effective addition to a neck lift for sculpting away fat. Liposuction surgery in Oklahoma City may be performed to remove the excess fat from the neck area and improve the contour under the chin. Liposuction can target stubborn pockets of fat that linger under the chin and around the neck that do not respond to dieting or exercise. Liposuction is a minimally-invasive surgical procedure that is performed by using a hollow tube called a cannula that suctions out fat tissue. In terms of fat removal, this technique is one of the most reliable methods for removing fat from specific parts of the body.
Facelifts and neck lifts are popular treatments to pair together because they achieve a full-facial rejuvenation. The facelift requires incisions along the hairline and above the ears that allow Dr. Bajaj to raise the underlying muscle layer, smoothing away aging symptoms such as jowling, and sagging skin that break the neckline.
The browlift is another facial rejuvenation surgical technique that specifically addresses facial aging around the eyes and brows. The procedure involves incisions along the hairline at the top of the forehead, following the hairline. Once the incisions are made, excess skin is removed from the top of the forehead and the brow is lifted upward for a refreshed appearance.
Each of those procedures can be performed at the same time as your neck lift procedure. More information will be discussed at your consultation.
Kybella injections are a non-surgical alternative for neck sculpting that specifically targets the under area of the chin. Kybella treatments are a series of injections, up to six spaced a month apart. The active ingredient, deoxycholic acid, occurs naturally in the body for breaking down fat cells during digestion. Kybella composed of synthetic deoxycholic acid designed for breaking down submental fat cells beneath the chin. With Kybella treatments, you have a non-invasive treatment that effectively sculpts the neck and chin.
Neck Lift Recovery
Immediately after the procedure is complete, you will be taken to a post-operative recovery room to rest and receive instructions for your aftercare.
Each patient’s recovery time will vary because individuals each heal at different rates. Bandages are applied to the treatment area following surgery, and a compression garment may be worn for the first few days to decrease swelling and improve circulation. There will be some discomfort immediately following the procedure, but this can be managed using medications prescribed by Dr. Bajaj.
Bruising will be visible for the first few days. Swelling should dissipate within a few weeks, at which point the results of your surgery should become apparent. Normal, light activity can be resumed within 1-3 weeks, but patients are advised to avoid movement that puts a strain on the treated area for the first several days. The scars are naturally well-hidden but will continue to fade over the following 12-18 months.
Furthermore, we will schedule a follow-up appointment within a few days after your procedure to assess your recovery and results. Dr. Bajaj and her team are dedicated to maintaining care and safety to our patients, long after the procedure is over.
Possible complications of neck surgery are similar to those of other surgeries, including infection, bleeding, changes in sensitivity, and asymmetry. To help minimize the risk of complications, your medical history will be discussed during the consultation, as well as any steps you can take to help ensure the best outcome.
Some improvement will be immediately visible after the procedure, but the final results will become more and more apparent as healing completes. The neck lift achieves a lifted, youthful neck contour, eliminates excess sagging skin, turkey gobblers and sculpts submental fat from under the chin.
At Bajaj Plastic Surgery, the consultation is an integral time for both the patient and Dr. Bajaj to get to know each other and to discuss the safest and most effective options for you. Your consultation will be a private, face-to-face discussion where you can talk to Dr. Bajaj about the areas that concern you the most.
Dr. Bajaj will examine your individual case, go over your health history and determine if you are a good candidate. Patients are encouraged to ask any questions they have about the neck lift and discuss the goals they wish to accomplish. Dr. Bajaj’s priority is always the experience of her patients and she makes every effort to educate patients and ensure they are confident moving forward about their procedure.