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The Three Elements of a Neck Lift

August 15, 2019, 11:29 pm

One of the factors that defines a person’s physical beauty is the appearance of their face. The neck plays a major role in enhancing the look of the face.

Someone with a beautiful face and a thick neck with extra fat or sagging skin often still feels unhappy with their overall appearance. In such a case, one might consider cosmetic procedures to help improve the appearance of the neck. The neck lift is one such procedure that can address these problems.

A Neck Lift: Three-Fold Correction

A neck lift has three essential elements:

Liposuction: Used to remove excess fat from the neck.
Cervicoplasty: Used to trim excess drooping skin from the neck.
Platysmaplasty: Used to tighten and rejoin loose sagging platysma muscles.

The procedure may include any combination of these techniques depending on the specifics of the individual case. The neck lift may be done along with a facelift to achieve even more rejuvenation.

The Neck-Lift Consultation

Prior to the neck lift, a consultation with Dr. Hlavacek will be required. The doctor will examine the patient’s neck, discuss their complete medical history (including any current issues), and determine if the procedure is suitable to help achieve their aesthetic goals.

The signs of aging usually aren’t isolated to the neck and may also appear on the face. The doctor may suggest a facelift along with the neck lift to correct these issues.

How Is the Neck Lift Carried Out?

The neck lift is an outpatient procedure. It is done under general anesthesia or may be accomplished using local anesthesia with IV sedation.

Incisions are then made under the chin and/or behind the ears. Once the incisions are made, the fat is removed from the region through liposuction, which involves the use of a tool called a cannula.

Once excess fat is removed, excess skin that’s causing the sagging effect is trimmed using a scalpel. Finally, the sagging muscles of the neck are tightened with internal sutures.

Since this is an outpatient procedure, the patient can return home on the same day. Dr. Hlavacek provides instructions for post-surgical care, including how to best take care of the neck area. Follow-up visits are scheduled to help the surgeon evaluate the progress of the healing process.

The Results of the Neck Lift

Within a couple of weeks, full recovery will be complete and the results of the neck-lift surgery start to become visible. The results include the following:

• Smoother and tighter skin without wrinkles or signs of aging
• Slimmer and more defined and youthful contours
• No more turkey wattle, double chin, or jowls

The effects of a neck lift are long lasting and will help the patient look younger for a long time.

Schedule Your Consultation for a Neck Lift

With the help of Dr. Matt Hlavacek, a well-respected surgeon with years of experience, patients can achieve a sculpted and more attractive neck. The best way to find out more about the neck lift and its benefits is by contacting our office and setting up an appointment for a consultation. Get started today!