Skin filler and firming creams are a great way to camouflage signs of aging on the face. But if creases, wrinkles, bands, and slackening skin around your neck are getting more noticeable, then a neck lift may be the best way to look younger. What are neck lifts? Is a neck lift right for you? The answer to the second question will vary depending on the individual. But professionals at Coastal Dermatology & Plastic Surgery in Long Beach, CA can tell you more about these procedures and help you understand if this is the right option for you.
What Are Neck Lifts?
A neck lift (also known as lower rhytidectomy) is a surgical procedure intended to improve visible signs of aging along the neck and jawline. People who are not ready for full facelifts, often opt for neck lifts because of excess wrinkling of skin around the neck, a double chin, or jowl lines. Depending on the results that you hope to see, your surgeon may opt for one of two kinds of incisions.
Traditional Neck Lifts
With a traditional neck lift, fat is sculpted and moved from the jowls and neck, the underlying tissue is repositioned and the platysma muscle is tightened. Skin is repositioned over the new contours and excess skin may be removed. If liposuction is necessary for a double chin or fat accumulation beneath the chin, the practioner may also address these concerns.
What Can a Neck Lift Fix?
Neck lifts can address problems such as the following:
- A double chin, or excess fat accumulation beneath the chin
- Loose skin on and around the neck
- Sagging jowls
- Neck bands
Am I a Good Candidate?
As with most medical procedures, good candidates for neck lifts are people who are generally in good health and have no conditions that may impair healing. Usually, these candidates are also nonsmokers who have realistic expectations regarding the results of the procedure.
If you have additional questions or if you think a neck lift might be right for you, contact Coastal Dermatology & Plastic Surgery in Long Beach, CA to schedule your initial consultation. We proudly serve you with locations in Huntington Beach, Los Alamitos, Mission Viejo, and Tustin.