Have you developed loose or sagging skin on your neckline? These are common signs of aging that a neck lift procedure can address. Neck lift surgery removes excess skin from the neck and creates a smoother, more youthful appearance overall.
Benefits of a Neck Lift
- Firms neck muscles
- Removes excess loose skin
- Contours the chin and jawline
- Tightens hanging, sagging skin
- Revives and rejuvenates neck skin
- Boosts confidence and self-esteem
- Creates smoother skin on the neckline
- Produces minimal scarring
- Is an outpatient procedure
- Has a short recovery period
- Delivers a more youthful appearance
- Can be performed alongside other procedures
Am I a Good Candidate?
As you age, collagen and elastin production decrease within your skin and can cause your neck to appear loose and saggy. You may be a good candidate for a neck lift procedure if you have excess hanging skin on your neck.
A Neck Lift Is Great If You Have
- Mature skin
- Sagging, hanging neck skin
- Volume loss in the neck area
- Poor chin or jawline definition
- Deep wrinkles and creasing along the neckline
- Decreased collagen and elastin within the skin
- Insecurities about the appearance of your neck
- A desire more youthful appearance
- Good health overall
How Old Do I Have to Be?
Most neck lift surgery patients are in their 40s and older, but younger patients can also have the procedure. In general, you must be at least 18 years old.
Taking the First Steps
The first part of the neck lift process is your initial consultation. During your consultation, Dr. Sauerhammer will examine the skin on your neck to assess any signs of aging. You will also discuss your expectations to ensure that a neck lift can achieve your desired aesthetic goals.
Your consultation can prepare you for the procedure by addressing any questions or concerns. Dr. Sauerhammer will go over the entire neck lift process to ensure that you are comfortable with the procedure and know what to expect throughout the treatment.
The Neck Lift Process Explained
You will be under general anesthesia for your neck lift procedure. Before your surgery, you will need medical clearance from your regular physician to confirm that you are healthy enough to be under general anesthesia.
Once you are fully asleep, Dr. Sauerhammer will begin the neck lift process by making an incision that runs along the back of your ears. She will remove the excess skin and lift the remaining skin upward into a tighter, higher position. This action smooths out deep wrinkles on the neck and creates a smoother appearance.
Neck lift surgery usually takes two to three hours to complete.
Recovery and Aftercare
After surgery, you will move to a recovery area for observation until you wake up from the anesthesia. Once fully alert, you should be able to return home.
You will have small sutures over your incisions and bandages along your neck to support the skin. The sutures and bandages typically come off one to two weeks after surgery.
You should avoid activities that can strain your neck for four to six weeks after your procedure. The Wisconsin Institute of Plastic Surgery team will give you detailed instructions on how to care for your skin, incisions, and more.
Can a Neck Lift Be Performed in Combination with Other Procedures?
A neck lift is often combined with a facelift and blepharoplasty to create a more youthful appearance and achieve a more significant transformation. Dr. Sauerhammer can also improve your breast volume and contour by combining your neck lift with a breast augmentation. You can also opt for non-invasive options such as injectables to address signs of aging on the face in addition to your neck lift treatment.
How Long Do the Results Last?
The results of a neck lift typically last about 10 to 15 years. Over time, age-related changes can affect the outcome of your neck lift. Collagen decline and loss of elasticity may cause new wrinkles, loose skin, and sagging to develop. Neck lift surgery has a 92% Worth It Rating on RealSelf and is a popular option for long-lasting rejuvenation.
You’re in Good Hands with the Wisconsin Institute of Plastic Surgery
Wisconsin Institute of Plastic Surgery offers neck lift surgery if you want a more youthful appearance with smoother, tighter skin on your neckline. We can help you feel like the best version of yourself. If you would like to learn more about how we can help, please contact us at (920) 380-9890 in Appleton or Green Bay.