Are you tired of neck fat that just doesn’t seem to go away? Some people have a genetic predisposition to developing turkey neck — excess skin and fat that extends beneath the jaw line.
Many people are unhappy with this sagging and would prefer to get rid of it. A long-term solution for eliminating a turkey neck is a neck lift.
What Is a Neck Lift?
A neck lift combines neck liposuction and sutures to remove excess fat and constrict the skin of the neck. Neck lifts can boost sagging skin and eliminate surplus fat while tightening the platysma muscle.
Some neck lifts include neck liposuction, which removes excess fat. This “turkey neck surgery” can address many common issues, such as double chins and horizontal neck bands. Following a neck lift, patients find they have a more youthful appearance.
Patients can choose to undergo only a neck lift or combine their procedure with other treatments like a facelift or brow lift. Combining treatments will give you more dramatic results if you have multiple concerns you’d like to address.
What Happens During a Neck Lift?
During a neck lift surgery, we begin by administering anesthesia. Depending on the extent of your procedure, local or general anesthesia may be appropriate. Once you are sedated, we might start with neck lipo to remove the fat from your jawline.
Our surgeon will make tiny incisions underneath your chin and behind each ear. Then, we will insert a tiny cannula through the incisions to remove the excess fat.
After fat removal, we’ll correct any issues with the platysma muscle. The platysma muscle extends from your jawline to your collarbone. As you age, the platysma muscle will begin to separate, contributing to the development of a turkey neck.
A neck lift tightens the platysma muscle to prevent the turkey neck from reoccurring. To constrict the platysma muscle, we’ll either stitch it together or attach it to other neck muscles.
Finally, we’ll tighten any loose skin on the neck and jawline. In some cases, we may need to remove excess skin. The removal and tightening of the skin results in fewer wrinkles and a sleeker appearance to the jawline.
How Long Does It Take to See Results from a Neck Lift?
The results from a neck lift are apparent immediately. However, the body needs time to heal from the surgery, so your optimal results may take up to a month to be fully visible.
While a neck lift can provide dramatic results, it can’t stop the natural aging process. Usually, results last up to 15 years. Staying within your body’s optimal weight range and following a prudent skincare regime that includes your neck area may extend your results and help prevent future skin laxity and wrinkles.
Who Is a Good Candidate for a Neck Lift?
Patients who notice excess fat underneath their jawline or who have bands and wrinkles in their neck area benefit from turkey neck surgery. Neck lipo can remove the surplus fat, and surgical incisions help repair muscle damage and tighten loose skin.
However, before undergoing a neck lift, you’ll need to have a consultation with us. During your consultation, we’ll inquire about your medical history and any medications you are taking. We’ll also ask you questions to understand your treatment goals. Of course, we’ll clarify any concerns you have concerning the surgery.
If you are a good candidate for a neck lift, we’ll set up an appointment for your surgery.
What Are the Benefits of a Neck Lift?
There are many advantages to undergoing a neck lift.
No other procedure can tighten the neck muscles and remove excess fat as a neck lift can.
You may have heard of non-surgical options, such as Botox and dermal fillers, for treating concerns associated with neck aging. However, the results from non-surgical procedures aren’t permanent, and you’ll need to undergo the treatment repeatedly to keep your results.
The results from a neck lift last up to 15 years. During that time, you’ll enjoy the benefits of a sleek, defined neck. You’ll achieve a more youthful look that simply isn’t possible through less invasive treatments.
Restoration of the Neck’s Shape
Aging may make you wiser, but it often leads to cosmetic imperfections that can be treated through surgical and non-surgical procedures. A neck lift can restore the appearance of your neck to the profile you had at a younger age. After a neck lift, you won’t want to wait to show off your results!
Rejuvenate Your Neck Skin
The skin on the neck is fragile and susceptible to the effects of aging. Many people don’t think about their neck when sunbathing outdoors and focus their skincare regimen on their face. Thus, the neck is one of the first places that people notice signs of aging.
A neck lift can rejuvenate the skin of your neck, resulting in a tighter and firmer appearance.
Beneficial for Anti-Aging
Neck lifts are an optimal anti-aging procedure. While other surgeries may require a significant recovery period, a neck lift is a relatively simple treatment that doesn’t require a lot of downtime. The results from a neck lift leave patients looking more youthful and tighten wrinkles that have begun to appear along the neck.
Ready to Schedule Your Procedure?
A neck lift is a simple cosmetic surgery that provides profound results. Through a neck lift, we can remove excess fat from underneath your jawline and tighten skin that has begun to sag. To find out more about turkey neck surgery, contact Karol Gutowski, MD, in Chicago, IL, to schedule a consultation.