Neck Lift & Neck Liposuction
When you look in the mirror and notice the signs of aging, your eye is likely drawn to fine lines and wrinkles on your face. Years of laughter, sun exposure and the passage of time can take a toll on your skin, making you look older and more tired than you feel. While the face is often the focus of most rejuvenation treatments, the neck and chin can show signs of aging as well. Although often overlooked, addressing the neck and chin may be the key to achieving a fully revitalized appearance and restoring beautiful, youthful contours.
Dr. Haena Kim is a double board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in beautifying the face, head and neck. She understands that your face is the image you present to the world and has dedicated her practice in Walnut Creek, California, to helping patients love what they see in the mirror. Dr. Kim can help you put your best face forward and reclaim more youthful features with a wide array of surgical and nonsurgical treatments. By combining a neck lift with other anti-aging procedures, you can create a subtle, refreshed look that will have others guessing what your secret is!
What is a Neck Lift & Neck Liposuction?
Neck lift and neck liposuction procedures can help you look younger and more refreshed by addressing the signs of aging that extend to the lower portion of your face, including the jawline, chin and neck. You may be experiencing loose skin or wrinkles in this area, excess deposits of fat beneath the chin or muscle bands across your neck that create a displeasing appearance. Also known as a platysmaplasty and lower rhytidectomy, a neck lift addresses these concerns in a variety of ways for a more sculpted, balanced silhouette.
Neck lifts and neck liposuction are commonly performed in conjunction with a facelift. Surgical and nonsurgical facelifts can rejuvenate your facial features but cannot address concerns in the neck and chin region. Each individual is different and you may have specific areas that you want to focus on, so the exact approach that Dr. Kim uses will differ depending on your needs. If your main concern is lateral or vertical lines along your neck, she may perform a platysmaplasty, the procedure used to eliminate neck bands and tighten the underlying muscles. If you’re bothered by loose skin, wrinkles or jowls, Dr. Kim may suggest a lower rhytidectomy to improve other visible signs of aging in the neck and jawline. Neck liposuction may also be used to target stubborn fat beneath the chin. These techniques can be combined for more comprehensive rejuvenation and may be performed alongside other treatments. When combined with a facelift, your results will be more cohesive and complement the contours of your face in a more natural, subtle way. Neck lifts can be performed on their own, however, which may be ideal if you’ve previously undergone a facelift procedure or if your neck is disproportionately affected by the signs of aging due to genetics, athletics or sun exposure.
What Can I Expect During Surgery?
Dr. Kim performs each neck lift procedure with your individual needs in mind. Depending on the areas you’d like to correct, Dr. Kim may perform a platysmaplasty, lower rhytidectomy, neck liposuction, or a combination of all three. She will discuss each procedure in detail during your consultation and recommend which can help you reach your aesthetic goals. A neck lift consists of multiple steps that vary depending on which procedures are being performed. Similarly, the incisions made will depend on your unique needs and aesthetic goals, but Dr. Kim takes great care to reduce scarring and visibility.
Neck lifts and liposuction are done under general anesthesia for enhanced patient comfort. If a lower rhytidectomy is being performed, Dr. Kim will make small incisions to tighten the skin, reduce sagging and eliminate wrinkles or jowls. For areas with volume loss, a lower rhytidectomy can also restore fullness to ensure a balanced, natural appearance. Once your aesthetic concerns are corrected, underlying skin and tissue will be re-draped and tightened to support your new neck contours. If you’re targeting lateral and vertical muscle bands in the neck, Dr. Kim will perform a platysmaplasty to lift and reposition your neck muscles. These muscles often separate with age and this procedure brings them back together using sutures, mesh or other materials. Once they are tightened, Dr. Kim will secure the surrounding tissues and skin and close the incision. If you are dismayed by a “double chin” or excess fat in your lower face, Dr. Kim will remove submental fat in the area and redefine your jawline for a sleeker appearance using neck liposuction. This minimally-invasive procedure uses a small, straw-like tool called a cannula to siphon excess fat through small incisions, which are strategically placed to minimize bruising and scarring.
Your experience and the techniques that Dr. Kim uses will vary depending on your specific concerns and problem areas, but the overall effect will be to create a more youthful facial profile and eliminate the signs of aging that occur on the lower face. Dr. Kim will clarify each procedure and neck lift technique prior to surgery to ensure that you feel prepared, ready and excited to proceed. Regardless of the techniques used, Dr. Kim’s artistic touch, gentle methods and experienced eye help to ensure beautiful, natural-looking results that harmonize with your overall facial appearance while minimizing scarring and any post-operative discomfort.
What Should I Expect After Surgery?
Immediately after surgery, your neck will feel tender, sore and tight. You’ll also notice moderate amounts of bruising and swelling, although this can be easily controlled with over-the-counter medication and proper bandaging. Most patients are able to resume all normal activities and return to work within one or two weeks, but a full recovery may take up to two months. Recovery times will vary from patient to patient and depend upon a number of factors, such as the extent of your procedure and your body’s natural healing properties. Dr. Kim will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions to ensure a smooth recovery and preserve your results, which will be long-lasting with proper aftercare.
Is a Neck Lift Right for Me?
Neck lift procedures are suitable for both men and women looking to rejuvenate their overall appearance. If you experience the following signs of aging, you’re likely a good candidate for a neck lift procedure:
- Stretched loose skin around the neck, known as a “turkey wattle”
- Lateral or vertical bands, known as platysmal bands
- Sagging skin or jowls at the jawline
- Excess skin and fat beneath the chin
- Appearance of a “double chin”
- Wrinkles and deep lines on the lower face
Ideal candidates will also be physically healthy and have good skin elasticity to ensure optimal results. Patients who are considering a facelift, brow lift and other procedures of the face are especially good candidates for a neck lift or neck liposuction. Having reasonable expectations is also important — a neck lift can significantly improve your appearance, but it cannot stop the aging process.
Contact Dr. Haena Kim
It is important to care for your neck with proper skin care and sun protection the way you care for your face, although many people realize this far too late. Unfortunately, some of the same noninvasive treatments that work beautifully on the face do not work as well on the neck as the skin here is different. If the ‘turkey neck’ skin around your neck has become lax or saggy and detracts from an otherwise youthful and slender face, a neck lift and neck liposuction can help remove excess fat and loose skin. The result is a slimmer, more contoured neckline and independence from wearing turtlenecks or scarves year-round. If you’re ready to discover how neck reshaping can do wonders for your overall appearance and make you look and feel years younger, contact or call double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Haena Kim today at (925) 891-4135 to learn more!
Frequently Asked Questions
Dr. Kim tailors the technique of this procedure to each patient’s individual aesthetic needs and goals. Neck lift surgery is performed in an operating room under anesthesia, for maximum patient comfort and the best results. Small incisions are made to be undetectable following surgery. Excess skin and/or fat is removed and the muscles are tightened to give a gorgeous, youthful contour to the neck and jawline.
Patients may return to light daily activity about one to two weeks following surgery, with light activity restrictions. A ‘tight’ feeling around the neck is quite common and Dr. Kim normally recommends the avoidance of activities that risk turning the head to the far left or right during the healing process. Dr. Kim speeds up her patient’s recovery time, and reduces bruising or swelling, by recommending a healthy diet, oral vitamin C supplementation, and topical arnica during the recovery process.
Many noninvasive treatments that work well on the face and body do a poor job of addressing concerns in the lower face, including the neck and chin. Although nonsurgical treatments cannot achieve the same results as a surgical neck lift, they can help delay the aging process and complement surgical results.