The neck is one area where gravity can begin to take a toll over time. When the skin and fat begin to sag, it can cause a double chin or “turkey wattle”. This can make you look older or heavier than you really feel. Although non-surgical options can be effective, a surgical procedure can sometimes be the best option to reshape and lift the tissues in the neck.
A neck lift is a surgical procedure that is considered the gold standard in neck rejuvenation. It can be performed alone or with other procedures like a facelift, midface lift, or brow lift. Although non-surgical options like Botox®, Kybella®, or radiofrequency skin tightening can be good options for neck rejuvenation, the neck lift can be the most rejuvenating and long-term option.
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The best candidates for a neck lift are those who have excess skin and fat underneath the chin and jawline which don’t respond to non-surgical treatments. Often, patients who can benefit from a facelift can also benefit from a neck lift, and vice versa. As such, Dr. DiFrancesco will discuss your best options during a consultation at our Atlanta office. It’s important to be in good health and able to undergo surgery, so you’ll also discuss your health history.
The neck lift is often performed under general anesthesia. It requires carefully-placed incisions behind the ears and within the hairline so that Dr. DiFrancesco can access the underlying tissues. The muscles and tissues of the neck are tightened and repositioned, creating a more refined contour. Additionally, excess fat and skin are removed before the incisions are closed. After a brief monitoring period, you can return home with the help of a friend or family member.
After a neck lift procedure, you can expect some swelling and discomfort which can be managed with prescribed medications. It’s important to follow Dr. DiFrancesco’s aftercare instructions which will include avoiding heavy activity and sleeping with your head elevated (to reduce swelling). You can expect to take around one week away from work or social engagements, but most patients return to normal activity levels within two weeks. As you continue to recover, you’ll see your results refine and improve. Most patients see long-term results with a neck lift, and Dr. DiFrancesco can discuss the best ways to maintain your results in the future.
The neck lift is an effective option to rejuvenate and refine your neck and chin for a sculpted profile. To begin discussing your surgical facial rejuvenation options, contact our Atlanta office to schedule a consultation with Dr. DiFrancesco. We invite you to call or fill out our online form.