What is a neck lift?
A neck lift in Dallas, or lower rhytidectomy, is a procedure that removes the excess skin and fat on the neck and around the jawline to create a smoother, more defined and youthful neck free of banding. A neck lift is usually done to reduce the signs of aging and thus is often done in conjunction with a facelift. A neck lift offers dramatic results for those seeking a more youthful appearance.
Am I a candidate for neck lift?
Patients experiencing jowls, a double chin or “turkey neck,” make good candidates for a neck lift. Many neck lift patients are in their late-30s to 40s, however older patients as well as younger individuals who suffer from genetic fat deposits or who have experienced drastic weight loss will also benefit from a neck lift. Patients who smoke would need to quit during the weeks leading up to and after the procedure as smoking adversely affects healing.
What occurs during a neck lift surgery?
As no two patients are identical, and as we all experience aging differently, when it comes to neck lifts, there are a number of options we have that can be specifically suited to addressing your concerns and reaching your goals. In a direct neck lift, an incision is placed beneath the chin where it and any sutures or scarring will be well hidden from view. Out of this incision, the skin of the neck is elevated to expose and remove underlying fatty tissue. Liposuction may be done using specialized medical equipment that suctions out the fat from the jaw line and beneath the chin, leaving you with a more defined neck. When underlying fatty tissue has been removed, a flap of skin is then carefully excised to tighten it and remove folds. Sutures are placed that allow for rapid healing.
What are the benefits of a neck lift?
Our necks tend to suffer extreme signs of aging before many other areas of the body do, thus betraying our age more quickly than anticipated. A neck lifts helps us slow or reverse the appearance of age by offering the following benefits:
- Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the skin
- The incisions or scars are nearly invisible
- Reduces excess skin on the neck
- Tightens underlying muscles of the neck
- Re-contours the chin and jawline
- Reduces the appearance of platysmal bands
What is the recovery like after a neck lift in Dallas?
The physical recovery process for a neck lift is fairly rapid, with cosmetic recovery and the reduction of swelling often taking a bit longer. Patients will feel some tightness and soreness in the treated areas, and will likely experience mild to moderate pain, for which Dr Beale will prescribe pain medication. In most cases, our Dallas neck lift patients will be able to return to their normal work and social activities 2 or 3 weeks after surgery, following a period of rest, relaxation and light exercise (such as walking) to promote faster healing. While after a few to several days many of our neck lift patients will be able to physically perform most of their usual non-strenuous activities, including doing desk work, the process of full healing will take up to 2 or 3 weeks. Throughout your 2 to 3 weeks of recovery, refrain from strenuous work or exercise, smoking, excessive sun exposure and dyeing your hair.
Why choose Dr. Beale for a neck lift?
In every procedure he does, Dr Beale strives to deliver results that appear the most natural and are most complementary to the patient. As each patient has a unique anatomical structure, and unique concerns and cosmetic goals, each of the procedures Dr Beale does takes those factors into consideration. Each patient is given a personal consultation wherein an exact surgical plan is laid out and agreed upon before proceeding. Our neck lift options are many and a procedure or a combination of them can be found to suit each of our patients individually. As a fellowship-trained expert in Craniofacial Plastic Surgery, Dr Beale’s intimate knowledge of the face, neck and head comes into play to bring patients the very best possible outcome.
Undergoing facial rejuvenation and cosmetic surgical procedures can be significant steps in life and toward accomplishing one’s cosmetic dreams and goals. That is why at each step of the way, Dr Beale and his staff provide a welcoming and comfortable environment. Fulfilling your needs is our highest priority.
Dr. Beale is a board-certified plastic surgeon with a wealth of experience in the industry. His gifted hands have earned him an excellent reputation with his patients since he began practicing the art. If you are considering a neck lift in Park Cities, Dr. Beale stands ready to help you through any questions and concerns to a successful completion of the procedure itself.