Over time, the skin in the neck stretches, the neck muscles lose tone, and fatty deposits may accumulate under the jaw. This can create sagging jowls and vertical bands in the front of the neck. A drooping neck and jowls are very difficult to improve with diet and exercise alone, and they are almost impossible to hide with makeup. The elasticity of the skin in the neck tends to deteriorate much faster than the facial skin, often causing the signs of aging to become apparent in the neck before becoming obvious in the face.
Previously, a full facelift was the predominant procedure used to correct loss of muscle tone and sagging in the neck in addition to improving the face. Now, Dr. Calabria also offers neck lift surgery to those who desire rejuvenation specifically in the neck and jaw area for a more youthful appearance. A neck lift can correct signs of aging under the chin, including fat accumulation, excess skin, and sagging jowls.
The neck lift procedure involves the use of inconspicuously-placed incisions, which wrap around the earlobes and end in the lower scalp. If necessary, an incision under the chin may also be used to further improve the neck. During neck lift surgery, underlying tissue is repositioned and the neck muscles are tightened, excess skin is removed, and the incisions are closed.
Candidates for a neck lift should have realistic expectations of the procedure and realize that although it can produce a more youthful appearance, the neck will continue to age with time. Patients should not smoke for at least two weeks prior to, as well as after surgery, and avoid certain medications that can cause bleeding.
Those interested in a neck lift or another facial rejuvenation procedure are encouraged to contact our board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Renato Calabria. Please call (310) 777-0069 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your consultation with Dr. Calabria. We look forward to your visit!