About Neck Lift Surgery
Houston, TX plastic surgeon, Dr. Edward Lee, performs neck lift surgery to eliminate the appearance of an aging neck. This surgery reshapes the area under the chin and along the neck to eliminate the "double chin" or "turkey neck" appearance. By removing excess fat and skin, and then using a tightening technique to create a smooth, natural neckline, neck lift surgery can provide dramatic improvements to the lower half of an individual’s’ face. At ELEE Plastic Surgery, Dr. Lee will consult with you on your specific cosmetic goals and desires. After discussing all your questions and concerns, he will recommend the best treatment option available to you.
Patients who are seeking neck lift surgery are generally those with visibly hanging skin. This loose skin can be caused by aging, a massive weight loss, or simple gravity. Whatever the reason, it creates an unflattering profile and can often only be corrected through skin tightening. If you are at a healthy weight, have lines and wrinkles along the neckline, sagging skin and excess folds or fat in the chin and neck area, a neck lift surgery may be recommended. If loose, hanging skin is not your issue, you may be a better candidate for neck liposuction, which is used to remove fat from the chin and neck area.
Plan Your Procedure
During a neck lift procedure, general anesthesia is used. An incision is placed behind or in front of the ears, and another one may be placed under the chin. For patients who have pockets of fat that need to be removed, liposuction will first be performed to remove the fatty tissue. Next, any loose and sagging excess skin will be trimmed away and the remaining skin pulled until the desired shape and contour has been achieved. Sutures are used at the incision points, which generally produce small, light scars that cannot be seen due to their location. Injections may also be used to compliment the surgery, including Kybella, which is a nonsurgical fat reduction injection created specifically for the underside of the chin, as well as laser skin resurfacing to create a smooth, glowing surface appearance.
What to Expect
After your neck lift surgery, there will be bruising, swelling, and some discomfort, but these post-operative symptoms are temporary and will dissipate with each passing day. It’s important to rest for a couple of days and to avoid strenuous activities for several weeks. During this period, you should refrain from wearing tight clothes or shirts that pull over your head. Button tops or loose clothing is ideal to prevent any discomfort or unnecessary stress to the surgical area. While it takes time to heal from a neck lift, you will notice dramatic results almost immediately following surgery. In fact, neck lifts have proven to be a cosmetic surgery that creates one of the most stunning improvements to an individual’s profile, shaving years off your appearance.
Schedule Your Consultation
You no longer have to hide or cover your neck with a scarf because neck lift surgery can restore the slim, youthful appearance you desire. If you are embarrassed by the folds, wrinkles, or loose skin on your neck, we are happy to help you achieve a smoother, younger neckline that you will love. Call or schedule an appointment online and learn more about our facial cosmetic and body contouring procedures.