Reduce Sagging, Excess Skin with a Neck Lift
A smooth, graceful neck can be sign of beauty, but if you have sagging or excess skin in this area, it can dramatically alter your appearance, making you look older than you are. Fortunately, a neck lift at South Texas Plastic Surgery in Victoria, TX, can help you achieve smoother skin and an overall younger appearance. Choosing an experienced, board-certified surgeon like Dr. Brian F. Burns can help ensure completely natural-looking results. At the same time, it can also minimize your risk for complications and enable you to enjoy a quick, stress-free recovery.
Are You a Neck Lift Candidate?
A neck lift can address cosmetic concerns such as:
- Loose skin
- A banded look
- A double or triple chin
- Excess skin under your chin, creating a “turkey wattle”
- Isolated pockets of fat in your neck
Patients should understand that a neck lift is limited in range and will not address other areas around your face. However, if you are looking to achieve a more dramatic effect, Dr. Burns can often combine this surgery with another type of facial plastic surgery, such as a facelift or forehead lift.
To determine your candidacy for a neck lift, Dr. Burns will evaluate your medical history and your skin quality. To qualify for plastic surgery, you should be in good health and still have some degree of skin elasticity. An autoimmune disease, a bleeding disorder, or another condition that could make it difficult to heal properly may disqualify you from surgery.
The Neck Lift Treatment Process
Prior to your neck lift, Dr. Burns will conduct a thorough consultation. He will consider your treatment goals and how to achieve those objectives, ensuring that you will be fully satisfied with the final results. For this reason, he will make you an active participant in the planning process. You will have the chance to ask questions and to request modifications to the treatment plan.
Before the surgery begins, you will receive sedation. Depending on your needs, you could receive either general anesthesia or local anesthesia and a sedative. Once you are completely comfortable, Dr. Burns can create subtle incisions hidden in areas where the resulting scars will be virtually invisible. This could involve placing one incision under your chin or behind your ears. If necessary, Dr. Burns can tighten the underlying muscle, using sutures to hold it in place. This can help to reduce any banding on your neck. He may also trim unwanted, sagging skin. In some cases, liposuction alone may be all that is required, particularly if you only desire a minor or moderate change in your appearance. Once Dr. Burns has achieved the desired effects, he can reposition your skin and close the incisions.
Choosing an experienced, board-certified surgeon like Dr. Brian F. Burns can help ensure completely natural-looking results. At the same time, it can also minimize your risk for complications and enable you to enjoy a quick, stress-free recovery.
What Can You Expect after a Neck Lift?
After a neck lift, moderate swelling, bruising, and inflammation is to be expected. You can manage any discomfort with mild pain medications and ice packs. You will also need to wear compression bandages as directed by Dr. Burns. If it was necessary to place drains under your skin, Dr. Burns will typically remove them after a few days. During your initial recovery, you should get plenty of rest. Patients can typically return to work or other activities in approximately one to two weeks. While it is important that you engage in some mild physical activity—such as short walks—to promote faster healing, you should avoid strenuous exercise until Dr. Burns has cleared you to do so. To ensure the safest and most successful recovery, it is vital that you attend all follow-up appointments as scheduled.
Although you should be able to resume most activities quickly, a full neck lift recovery could take up to six months. As swelling subsides, you could see the beautiful results of your surgery. Your neck may appear slimmer and smoother, which could refine the rest of your facial features. While no surgery can stop the aging process, your results could last for many years when you avoid smoking, use sunscreen, and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Contact Us to Schedule a Consultation
To learn more about neck lifts and how they can enhance your appearance, contact South Texas Plastic Surgery online today. You can also call (361) 576-1975 to book a consultation or speak to a member of our staff.