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Neck Lift in Houston, TX
Aesthetic Neck Skin Surgery

Excess wrinkling of the neck skin, a “turkey wattle,” double chin, and jowl lines all work together to make us look older than we feel. In fact, the neck tends to age faster than the face, giving away an individual’s age in spite of their best skin care efforts.

Neck lift surgery, or platysmaplasty, can correct visible signs of aging by removing excess fat, tightening underlying muscles, and redraping the skin of your neck. This procedure is often performed in conjunction with liposuction, a facelift, or a cheek lift, but it may also be done as a stand-alone procedure.

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Why Skin Sags and How a Neck Lift Can Help

As we age, our bodies slowly begin to change. Elastin and collagen, two key components that allow skin to stretch and rebound, become less plentiful. As these components reduce, the skin begins to lose its resilience and firmness. This leads to wrinkles and sagging, which can be especially noticeable around the face and neck.

While some products may help stimulate the production of collagen and elastin in aging skin, topicals can’t tighten a clearly sagging neck area. A neck lift, on the other hand, manually makes the skin look taut and smooth again by removing excess skin and fat. The results are fast and long-lasting, with minimal recovery time.

Why Get a Neck Lift?

Like any medical procedure, neck lift surgery is something you’ll want to think about carefully before making a decision. If you’re not sure whether you want to pursue a neck lift, consider the possible reasons for getting one.

The following are some common reasons why you may want to consider a neck lift:

  • Your face and neck have begun to sag, but your skin still has some elasticity
  • You desire a sleeker neck with a distinct jawline
  • Your neck has developed folds and lines
  • You want to have a more youthful appearance overall
  • The skin makes certain clothing or jewelry uncomfortable to wear
  • You’ve tried other solutions and haven’t been satisfied

The benefits of tightening and reshaping your neck area go beyond the surface. In addition to looking great and receiving compliments, your results can give you a new sense of self-esteem. If insecurity about your neck’s appearance has kept you from enjoying life, a neck lift can help you move forward with confidence.

Am I a Good Candidate for a Neck Lift?

You are most likely a good candidate for this procedure if:

  • You are in good general health
  • You have no medical conditions that impair healing
  • You are a non-smoker
  • You generally have a positive outlook and realistic expectations

If you’re a good fit, your neck lift may include other tightening and rejuvenating procedures, such as liposuction, cervical lipectomy, and submentoplasty.

The Neck Lift Process

Your personal surgical plan will be tailored based on your specific needs and the methods being used in your procedure. Generally, however, a typical neck lift proceeds as follows:

  1. The first incisions usually begin near the earlobe, extend in a natural line behind the ear and continue toward the hairline. An additional small incision may also be made under the chin.
  2. Fat is trimmed or suctioned from around the neck and chin to improve the contour. The underlying muscle and membrane are tightened, the skin is pulled back, and the excess is removed.
  3. With the help of stitches, the layers of tissue are secured and the incision is closed. Metal clips may be used on the scalp.
  4. Following surgery, a small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin behind your ear to drain any blood that might collect there. The surgeon may also wrap your head loosely in bandages to minimize bruising and swelling.

 

A neck lift can be performed as an outpatient procedure in just a couple of hours. It can also be done using either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. So long as you don’t show signs of possible complications, you’ll be able to go home to recover.

What to Expect Before and After Surgery

Though the surgery itself takes only a few hours, there’s plenty of preparation and aftercare involved, as well. Here’s what you can expect and how you can prepare for a successful recovery.

Before Surgery

During the initial consultation, the surgeon will go over your concerns and discuss possible solutions. Once you’ve decided to go forward, planning can begin for your actual procedure. You’ll discuss how the surgery will be performed, go over expectations, and generally answer any questions you may have.

Leading up to the surgery, you’ll receive some preparation instructions (food restrictions, temporary medication changes, etc.) to help you minimize risks. You should also prepare a recovery area, pre-cook some meals, ask for time off from work, and arrange for any rides or other assistance you may need. On the day of surgery, wear comfortable clothing.

After Surgery

Although neck lifts are commonly performed as an outpatient procedure, you’ll likely be asked to stay for a short while after surgery for monitoring. Once you’ve come out of any sedation and doctors confirm you’re stable, you can go home with your arranged ride.

During recovery, follow doctors’ instructions regarding care and activity. Don’t overstress the area and make sure you give yourself plenty of rest. With good healing, recovery typically takes about two weeks. If unusual symptoms like redness, soreness, or pus occur, call your surgeon right away.

Throughout your recovery, you’ll have follow-ups with your surgeon. Once the area has healed enough, you can return to regular work and activity. Lingering bruising, swelling, and other minor signs may take a few months to fully fade.

Correct Sagging, Wrinkled Neck Skin with a Neck Lift in Houston

With his incredible skill, experience, and long list of satisfied patients, we’re confident that Dr. Do at the Aesthetic Surgery Institute is the best neck lift surgeon in Houston. From the first consultation to the final follow-up appointment, we’ll make sure you receive the information and care you need to achieve the results you want.

To help make our aesthetic procedures more accessible and affordable for local patients, we regularly offer a variety of specials. We can also help patients secure funds through trusted medical financing companies like CareCredit, United Medical Credit, and PatientFi.

Aging skin is nothing to be ashamed of. If a loose, sagging neck area is causing you discomfort, however, a neck lift may be a good solution for you. To learn more about neck lift surgery at the Aesthetic Surgery Institute or schedule a free consultation with Dr. Do, call us at (713) 892-5476.

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*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person