What is a Neck Lift?
A neck lift improves visible signs of aging in the jawline and neck and is used to treat:
- Excess fat and the jowl-creating loose skin in the lower face and chin
- Excess fatty deposits under the chin, affectionately known as the double chin
- Loose skin on the neck
- Muscle banding that creates abnormal contours
Even if you aren’t ready for a full facelift yet, you may have excessive wrinkling of your neck skin or a "turkey wattle" you’d like to erase. If so, a neck lift procedure may be the right solution.
What is a Neck Lift Procedure Like?
There are two choices when it comes to neck lifts: a traditional incision neck lift or a limited-incision neck lift -
- Traditional Neck Lift: For a traditional neck lift, Dr. Johnson or Dr. Wimalawansa create an incision that typically begins in your hairline at the level of your sideburn and continues down and around the ear before ending at your hairline at the back of your neck. The tissue under the neck skin is repositioned, and the muscle at the side of your neck and jaw is tightened. Dr. Johnson or Dr. Wimalawansa then drapes the skin over the newly-uplifted contours and trims away the excess. They often make a separate incision under the chin for liposuction and then close the incisions with stitches.
- Limited-Incision Neck Lift: A limited-incision neck lift generally requires small incisions made only around the ear. While the incisions are shorter, the results gained are generally more limited. Still, it can create an amazing difference in your appearance and may be the best answer for suture-shy folks.
Is There More Than One Type of Facelift?
You can choose between a traditional facelift versus a mini-lift with much smaller incisions.
- Traditional Facelift: For a traditional facelift incision, Dr. Johnson or Dr. Wimalawansa begin in the hairline at the temples, continue the incision around the ear, and end it in the lower scalp. They may sculpt or redistribute fat away from your face, jowls, and neck. Underlying tissue is repositioned and the deeper layers of the face and the muscles are typically also lifted. Your skin is then draped over the new contours of your face and Dr. Johnson or Dr. Wimalawansa trim the excess away.
- Mini-Lift: If you choose a mini-lift, Dr. Johnson or Dr. Wimalawansa use shorter incisions at the temples that they continue around to the ear. They normally recommend the mini-lift for patients experiencing less skin relaxation and laxity, because the results are often less dramatic than a full facelift.