Over time, skin can lose its elasticity as the combined effects of aging, lifestyle and gravity take their toll. The neck is particularly vulnerable to these changes. Loose, saggy skin can gather and create what some refer to as a “turkey neck.” A neck lift restores smooth, youthful contours to the neck and jawline for an enhanced appearance.

Contact us online today to learn more about your options for a neck lift. The Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery of Central Texas helps men and women from Austin, Round Rock and throughout Texas. Count on our team to help you look rejuvenated through cosmetic surgery.

Benefits of a Neck Lift

Your face goes through many changes as you age. The skin loses elasticity and firmness, while facial muscles become looser and less taut. When these issues are seen at the same time in the neck area, the result is saggy, hanging skin that can cause you to look older than you really are.

The signs of aging often appear early in the neck, and may give away your age even if your face still looks quite young. A loose neck can make you feel self-conscious, and there are no exercises or dietary changes that can tighten your neck again.

A neck lift tightens loose muscles and removes excess skin and tissue at the same time. The final result will be a smoother, younger looking neck. The jaw line is more defined following a neck lift, and jowls can be corrected. In some cases, you may even see more dramatic results from a neck lift rather than a face lift, although it’s very common for the two procedures to be combined.

Neck Lift Procedure

During your neck lift, your surgeon will make incisions behind the ears and/or under the chin. This provides access to the muscles within the neck, which are tightened and held in place by sutures. Any excess skin is removed along with fatty tissue. For many people, facial liposuction may be included as part of the procedure to remove fat cells and further sculpt the lines of the neck and jaw.

It’s typical to combine a neck lift with additional procedures for even better results. A face lift is the most common, but chin implants may also be included to add more definition to the jaw. Other facial procedures such as a brow lift or eyelid surgery can help adults look more rejuvenated and refreshed in both their upper and lower face.

Results and Recovery

Most people experience some initial discomfort. It may feel painful to look upward at first, since that motion puts strain on the newly tightened muscles. You should notice a change in your appearance immediately. As healing continues, your final results will become more visible. Most people are able to return to work about two weeks after surgery.

A neck lift from the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery of Central Texas can help resolve the appearance of loose, sagging skin on the neck. After surgery, you can expect your neck to look slimmer, younger and smoother.