The neck lift is a procedure performed to beautify the neck. The techniques included in a neck lift are removal of excess skin, removal of fat through liposuction, and tightening or removal of weakened neck muscle tissue.

A neck lift is most suited for those patients who are happy with their facial appearance but are concerned about a double chin, turkey wattle, or jowls. A combination of factors lead to aesthetic neck issues – age, stress, heredity, and other environmental factors are the usual suspects.

Preparing for a Neck Lift

Like any surgical procedure, cosmetic corrective surgeries need preparation. Before the surgery, there are a few specific medications that must be avoided to prevent uncontrolled blood loss. These medications include hypertension medications and other blood thinners.

If you are allergic to any type of medication, this information must be shared with the surgeon. Although rare, an allergy to anesthesia is a concern that your surgeon needs to know beforehand.

A healthy diet is important before the procedure. If you are a smoker, the healing process is greatly affected if you continue to smoke; it is best to take a break from the habit before and after the neck lift. It is also advised to take a few days off from work to recuperate after the surgery.

The Neck Lift Procedure

At the start of the procedure, anesthesia is administered. General anesthesia may be an option, or you may instead choose local anesthesia with IV sedation. Your options will be discussed with you during a consultation.

During your consultation, your surgeon will explain the full details of the procedure, including the site of incision, which can either be behind the ears or underneath the chin.

If multiple surgical techniques are going to be used in your neck lift, liposuction is the first one to be performed. Liposuction is the removal of excess fat deposits. For this aspect of the procedure, a cannula is used to suction out the excess fatty tissue. With this tissue removed, a double chin is substantially reduced and the normal look of the chin is restored.

Incisions allow the surgeon to gain access to the platysma muscles (the primary neck muscles). These muscles are tightened during the procedure with the help of internal sutures. In special cases, a small portion of the platysma muscles may be removed. This effectively smoothes out the sagging muscle tissue that contributes to the look of a turkey wattle.

Excess drooping skin on the neck is removed by excising the skin and redraping the lifted skin back in the original location. Without loose skin, the neck looks tight and rejuvenated. Surgical sutures are used to close the incisions.

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You deserve a neck that looks its best. Dr. Haresh Yalamanchili, an experienced and well-respected facial plastic surgeon, can help you regain a youthful and beautiful neck with the help of the neck lift procedure. Contact our office today if you would like to schedule an informative consultation with Dr. Yalamanchili.