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What is a Neck Lift?
The neck lift is performed to significantly reduce the appearance of sagging skin of the neck and jawline. During the neck lift procedure, excess fat and skin are removed from the neck and the neck muscles are tightened. This results in a more defined neck and jawline appearance. This can be performed alone, or in conjunction with other procedures such as a facelift, liposuction or a chin implant in order to further enhance the appearance of the neck.
Having a heavy loose neck can make some individuals feel self-conscious about their appearance. This neck appearance can be the result of a variety of factors, including aging, genetics, or being overweight. Having a sagging, heavy neck has caused many individuals to seek out plastic surgeon, Dr. Leech, to perform a procedure that will help them enhance their appearance.
The Procedure For A Neck Lift
For patients desiring to improve the contour of the neck and jawline (or jowls) there are two procedures that can help. If the skin and muscle in the neck and jaw line have become weak over time, then a neck lift may be recommended. If the neck is an area that your body tends to store fat, then liposuction of the neck may be recommended.
After Your Neck Lift
There is a minimal amount of discomfort following your procedure. You may feel tightness in the neck where the muscles have been pulled together. There will be swelling and bruising that may last from seven to ten days. Keeping your head elevated and applying cold compresses will help to reduce swelling. As your incisions heal, you will notice some itching and possibly some numbness. These symptoms will improve over time. Your sutures will be removed in seven days. Strenuous activity is restricted for six weeks.