A neck lift, also called a lower rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that corrects horizontal folds, saggy tissues, and vertical banding in the neck. The procedure provides patients with a youthful appearance in the lower area of the face, including the jowls.
A neck lift can be performed using sedation or general anesthesia. During surgery, Dr. Morton makes an incision around each ear to reach the underlying tissues and muscles. If patients have significant submental fullness, an incision can be made below the chin to remove the fat in that area with liposuction. The underlying muscles are then repositioned and held in place with sutures to create a tighter silhouette. Any excess skin is removed before closing up the incisions. Most neck lifts take approximately two hours to complete.
With his extensive knowledge of reversing aging in facial structures, Dr. Morton may recommend a neck lift in conjunction with a facelift to achieve a more youthful profile. He may also recommend patient's pair the surgery with other cosmetic procedures, such as an endoscopic brow lift or blepharoplasty. Many patients choose to have more than one procedure to treat loose, sagging skin, and eliminate lines and wrinkles. A neck lift and facelift surgery can take roughly 4-5 hours to complete.
You should consider having a neck lift if you’re physically healthy, don’t smoke, and have specific but realistic goals to improve your physical appearance. No other non-invasive rejuvenation treatments can achieve the same results. If you want to address any visible signs of aging in the neck and jawline, but aren’t quite ready for a full facelift, then a neck lift may be a good option for you. Dr. Morton takes care to ensure a neck lift surgery doesn’t change your fundamental appearance, but enhances your features with a more youthful look.