Does having loose, sagging skin on the neck and jawline make you feel self-conscious? A neck lift procedure can dramatically enhance your appearance by repositioning your neck tissues and removing excess fat. Led by Dustin C. Derrick, MD, our team at Cosmetic Surgery of DFW in Fort Worth, TX performs neck lift procedures to rejuvenate your appearance and help you look your best. Keep reading to learn more about this cosmetic procedure and how long your results can last.
How Long Does a Neck Lift Last?
A neck lift procedure can create a more youthful, tight, and symmetrical appearance that can last for several years. You can enjoy your surgery results for 10 to 15 years. Your age, skin condition, and lifestyle choices can affect how long exactly your results will last.
Rejuvenating your neck through surgery involves removing excess skin and fat. We will also tighten and lift your skin to minimize the appearance of any wrinkles and sagging tissues. Getting this procedure won’t stop the aging process, but it can help you achieve a more toned, youthful jawline for several years.
How Is the Procedure Performed?
A neck lift typically involves removing excess fat through liposuction. A small cannula is used to break up and suction your fat cells. We will also tighten your neck muscles and remove excess skin through small incisions. Because the body cannot regrow the removed fat and excess tissues, your results can be considered permanent. You can expect to see less fat in your chin and neck area, and your jaw will have a more youthful shape.
We will assess the current appearance of your neck and ask about your cosmetic goals to learn which surgical technique is most suitable for you. We can customize the procedure to help you achieve the results that you desire. Your unique anatomy and skin quality are taken into consideration.
Can It Be Combined With Other Procedures?
If you wish to achieve a more dramatic transformation, you can combine your neck lift with other cosmetic surgeries. Many people choose to combine their rejuvenating neck surgery with the following:
- Breast lift
- Tummy tuck
- Butt lift
If you wish to undergo a non-invasive treatment, chemical peels and injectables can help enhance the anti-aging benefits of your surgical procedure. We can create a personalized treatment plan that involves various treatments and procedures to help you achieve the best anti-aging results while keeping a completely natural, aesthetically pleasing look.
Who Is a Good Candidate for This Procedure?
If you are in good health and would like to minimize the appearance of excess fat and skin in your chin and neck area, then you may be a good candidate for this surgical procedure. When you visit us for an initial consultation, we will discuss your medical history and ask about any conditions that you might have. Additionally, we will make sure that you have realistic expectations about what the procedure can achieve.
There is an extended recovery period associated with lifting procedures, so you must be in good health to ensure the best outcomes. Nevertheless, getting this procedure can help you achieve dramatic improvements in your appearance that cannot be achieved by non-surgical treatments.
Reasons for Getting a Neck Lift
A neck lift achieves two things. First, it gets rid of excess fat in your chin and neck area. Second, it repositions and lifts the skin on your neck into a higher position. The result is a slimmer and enhanced neck and jawline contour.
If you wish to get this procedure to look younger and feel more confident about your appearance, we can help. Getting a neck lift can dramatically improve the appearance of sagging, loose skin, and unwanted fat in your neck area. And because your results can last for over a decade, getting this surgical procedure can be worth your time and effort.
Is There a Right Age?
Most people choose to get this cosmetic surgery during their 40s and 50s. There isn’t a “right age” to get this procedure because every person goes through the aging process differently. Your lifestyle choices, as well as genetics, can also affect how soon you’ll develop wrinkles and loose skin on the neck. If you feel bothered by the appearance of your jaw and neck due to aging, we can determine whether cosmetic surgery is right for you.
Nevertheless, getting a cosmetic procedure at a younger age can be a preventative step. Getting a lift before seeing moderate to advanced signs of aging can help prevent your issues from becoming overly pronounced in the future. Additionally, you can consider other non-surgical treatments that we offer, such as chemical peels and dermal fillers, in addition to surgery to achieve the look you desire.
What To Expect When Getting This Cosmetic Procedure
The first step is to schedule a consultation with our team so we can determine whether you are a good candidate for cosmetic surgery. We will discuss your aesthetic goals and gather information about your health and previous surgeries, if any. Based on the information we received during your initial consultation, we will build an anti-aging treatment plan that offers tailored solutions to your concerns. Your lifting procedure can be one part of your personalized plan.
To prepare for your initial consultation, we recommend that you make a list of the medication and supplements you take. If you have regular anti-aging treatments or previous surgeries, please let us know. You may also consult with your primary physician first before meeting with us so that you can make sure that you are in good health for a surgical procedure.
Once we’ve determined that you’re a good candidate for the procedure, we will provide you with a list of do’s and don’ts before your surgery. We may ask you to stop taking blood-thinning medications and certain supplements a week before your surgery. The night before your surgery, you may need to fast and avoid any alcohol consumption. We also recommend that you arrange for transportation before and after your procedure or have someone drive you home.
During your procedure, we will make at least two incisions in areas, and these will be placed in areas where you can hide them easily. Depending on your treatment plan, we may perform liposuction and trim excess skin from your neck and chin area. Your procedure can last anywhere from two to four hours.
During the first week of your recovery period, we will advise you to rest and focus on healing. By elevating your head and avoiding turning your neck, you’ll feel more comfortable and relaxed. You may need to set aside two weeks before coming back to work. As you notice visible improvements in your appearance in the third and fourth weeks, you should also be able to enjoy your daily activities.
You’ll also need someone to stay with you and help with your everyday needs for the first few days of your recovery. Refrain from any strenuous activities, but be sure to engage in light activities to encourage blood circulation. By closely following our instructions and taking good care of your health, you’ll enjoy a quick and smooth recovery.
It can take anywhere from one to six months for your results to show. The reason why it can take time is that you’ll need to wait for your skin to settle and for your incision lines to fade. Every person heals at a different rate, and your age, overall health condition, and lifestyle choices can affect how soon you’ll see the results of your lift.
Once you see your final results, you’ll love the appearance of a tighter, lifted, and toned neck. Your facial profile should look more youthful and symmetrical. Your results can last for many years, so you won’t need to worry about getting another procedure soon. Committing to a healthy lifestyle and a good skincare routine can help preserve your results.
Reverse the Signs of Aging and Feel Your Best
Does aging skin on your neck and jaw area make you feel self-conscious? If you wish to look younger and turn back the clock, getting cosmetic surgery can help you feel like yourself again. Our experts will work closely with you to achieve the look you desire. To learn more about our anti-aging procedures, contact Cosmetic Surgery of DFW in Fort Worth, TX, and schedule a consultation with Dustin C. Derrick, MD today. Call us at 817-562-7979.