If you are beginning to notice bands around your neck, you are not alone. You are simply aging, which is completely natural. Dr. Neena Will is an experienced Naperville female facial plastic surgeon who offers neck lift surgery to ameliorate your neck bands.
Neck lift surgery removes excess skin under the jawline and on your neck. If you have bands of skin on your neck, Dr. Will will also tighten the platysma muscle.
Are You a Candidate for Neck Lift Surgery?
If you are considering neck lift surgery, you should be in good health and have realistic expectations of what this surgery can accomplish. After evaluating your neck and skin quality, Dr. Will will recommend the best possible treatment approach. For your safety, it is important that you fully disclose your medical history and be honest with what you want your neck to look like after surgery.
Neck Lift Surgery
Dr. Will will decide where to place the surgical incisions and which technique to use based on your individual aesthetic needs and degree of skin sagging. Depending on the technique recommended, neck lifts can be performed under local anesthesia in the office or under general anesthesia. During the surgery, Dr. Will will place small surgical incisions where they are well hidden, usually under the chin and/or just behind the earlobes. She will then lift and tighten the neck skin and suture it in place. Excess skin is removed, and liposuction may be used to remove fat from under the jaw. The platysma muscle is also tightened in cases where there is a significant amount of neck bands.
What to Expect during Recovery
As you prepare to leave the surgery center you will feel a little groggy if you had anesthesia, so make sure you have someone to take you home. Your neck might feel tight and sore, but you will not be in pain. Your incision sites will be covered and you will be provided with instructions on how to care for them. In the days following, you will need to get plenty of rest and take your medicine, so that you remain comfortable. You will be able to return to your routine activities within a week; however, you will still need to follow post-operative instructions for another 10 to 14 days. You will be under the postoperative care of Dr. Will and her medical team.
If you would like to learn more about neck lift surgery with Dr. Will, please contact their plastic surgery practice at (815) 267-8830 in Plainfield. Dr. Will can discuss all of your treatment options including face lift surgery and eyelid lift.
Neck lift treats bothersome excess skin on your neck and/or jawline that gives you a prematurely aged appearance. It can improve the look of a “turkey neck,” or thin, wobbly skin on your neck and underneath your chin.
You will receive sedation and anesthesia medications prior to surgery, and you won’t feel anything during the operation. You might experience minor discomfort after surgery, but oral pain medication will help.
Depending on the specific treatment plan, your surgery may take one to three hours. If your neck lift is combined with another facial procedure, such as facelift or eyelid surgery, the operation will last longer.
Dr. Will will make very small incisions and place them strategically to avoid any visible scarring. Typically, she makes the incisions underneath the chin or behind the earlobes, so scarring will be well-concealed.
Initially, you will have some swelling and bruising from the operation; your neck may also feel tight. These side effects will subside quickly. It’s important to get plenty of rest, avoid strenuous activities and keep your head elevated at all times to minimize swelling.
Dr. Will will meet with you at several points during your recovery to check your healing progress and advise when you can resume your normal activities.
Every patient recovers at a different pace, and it’s important to listen to your body as it heals. Most patients, however, return to work after about a week.