What Is a Neck Lift?
A neck lift, or lower rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that improves visible signs of aging in the jawline and neck, such as:
- Excess fat and skin relaxation in the lower face that creates jowls.
- Excess fatty deposits under the chin.
- Loose neck skin.
- Muscle banding in the neck, which creates abnormal contours.
The loss of youthful contours in the face and neck can be due to a variety of factors including heredity, gravity, environmental conditions, and stress.
Some people feel they are not ready for a full facelift because the upper face is still pleasing. However, many patients will note excess wrinkling of the neck skin, a "turkey wattle" or double chin, and jowl lines.
When the neck area doesn't match the upper facial appearance, a neck lift may be a good solution.
Rejuvenation procedures that can be performed in conjunction with a neck lift are: a brow lift - to correct a sagging or deeply furrowed brow, fat transfer - to add fullness to the lips and cheeks and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, or eyelid surgery - to rejuvenate aging eyes.
What Neck Lift Surgery Won't Do
As a restorative surgery, a neck lift does not change your fundamental appearance and cannot stop the aging process.
A neck lift can only be performed surgically; non-surgical rejuvenation treatments cannot achieve the same results, but may help delay the time at which a neck lift becomes appropriate and complement the results of surgery.
Find out how to prepare for your surgery here.