Don’t Forget Your Neck

A woman has skincare on her neck.Many times, patients are so focused on their facial aging that they overlook one of the first areas to often show even more dramatic signs of aging — their neck. Your neck has two disadvantages when it comes to aging. First, it is exposed most of the time to the sun, heat, and wind of Texas. Second, it is at the mercy of gravity virtually all the time, without underlying bone to support it. The result is sagging skin and banding that can very pronounced.

A neck lift with Dr. Lipton can fix things.

What is a neck lift?

A neck lift is a surgical procedure that aims to reposition the skin and the underlying support tissues of the neck to improve structural definition and tighten the skin. Neck lifts address areas including the jowls and down the neck.

Neck lifts are usually a part of most facelifts, although the changes in the neck aren’t as pronounced as in a full neck lift.

Who should have a neck lift?

Neck lifts aren’t limited to either women or men. Basically, anyone who is in good physical health, but wants a tighter profile and an end to neck banding could benefit from a neck lift.

How does Dr. Lipton do a neck lift?

Neck lifts involve incisions made behind both ears to provide access to the muscles and skin of the neck. Usually, Dr. Lipton repositions underlying fat so as not to create a gaunt look in the neck. But if there is a good deal of fat, it will be removed. Once extra fat has been removed, the muscles are repositioned, and the skin is re-draped. Excess skin is trimmed and the incisions sutured.

In most cases, Dr. Lipton uses submental jowl liposuction to target fatty deposits under the jowls as an addition to a neck lift. To gain access to these fat deposits, he makes a small incision under the chin. Removing this fat creates a much-improved profile.

Your recovery

Neck lifts don’t involve a great deal of swelling. The majority of your swelling and bruising will subside in a week. Interestingly, unlike most other surgeries, patients are not to use ice packs for swelling during neck lift recovery. After one week, your sutures are removed. You’ll feel some tightness in your lower face, so you should plan on eating a soft diet for the first week or so. You can return to work and most activities in about two weeks.

Want to get rid of that sagging neck? Call Dr. Lipton at (972) 420-0023 to set up a consultation for a neck lift or for a facelift with additional focus on the neck.

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