For many patients, the first signs of aging will be seen around their neck and jaw. Maintaining a strict diet and exercising as much as possible will tone and tighten other areas of the body, but there is no amount of hard work that will reduce sagging neck skin and create a chiseled jaw.
A neck lift (lower rhytidectomy) is the best surgical option for tightening the skin just below one’s jaw, improving their jawline, and removing excess pockets of fat so that patients can look as young as they feel.
Where Did My “Double Chin” Come From?
There are quite a few reasons that excess fat and skin will begin to take shape just below one’s jaw. Gaining or losing a large amount of weight is one reason, but our body’s hormones will also tell our skin to produce fewer proteins such as collagen and elastin.
These proteins are the first line of defense against sagging skin and wrinkles, and everyone will produce less collagen and elastin as they grow older.
A neck lift will help you reshape your face, remove unnecessary soft tissue, and enjoy a youthful appearance for 10 to 15 years.
Am I an Ideal Candidate?
The ideal candidate for a neck lift is a man or woman that is able to maintain a healthy weight and in good physical condition.
If you have met these requirements and are still unhappy with the shape or appearance of your neck or jaw, then a neck lift could be your best option for achieving your cosmetic goals.
A Look at the Neck Lift Procedure
We find it extremely important to start this process by first speaking with the patient about their cosmetic goals and giving them an idea about the results that they can expect.
In the weeks leading up to the surgery, patients should refrain from smoking and taking painkillers. Patients should also tell the surgeon about any prescription medication that they are currently taking.
Your neck lift might involve any number of steps including the removal of excess skin and pockets of fat.
Exactly what the procedure entails will determine if the patient needs a local anesthetic and sedative or if they will be put under with general anesthesia.
The procedure is generally carried out in one to two hours and most patients will need at least 10 to 14 days to fully heal.
Most patients will be amazed at their youthful new appearance. Those that stay at an ideal weight should be able to enjoy their new appearance for many years. Contact Athena Plastic Surgery today to schedule your consultation.