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While most people immediately think of a facelift as a primary procedure to address aging, a neck lift can be instrumental in making you look more youthful and refreshed. Sun damage, massive weight loss, genetics and smoking are all factors that can further compromise the look of your neck, causing self-consciousness and social inhibition. A neck lift can beautifully restore firm, tight contours, reducing neck sagging, combating vertical neck banding, and minimizing wrinkles. Dr. Macias is excited to offer neck lift surgery as part of his ongoing commitment to cutting-edge solutions in the field of anti-aging.


What is a neck lift?

Aging in the neck appears as sagging skin, a loss of definition in the jawline, a double chin, and platysmal bands. A neck lift can reverse these trends, tightening and firming the profile while improving the cervicomental angle. Neck lift surgery can be performed alone, or it can be combined with a facelift, blepharoplasty, a brow lift or chin augmentation. Neck liposuction can also be utilized to reduce excess fat in the area.

How is a neck lift performed?

During a neck lift, the platysmal bands are tightened and the skin is redraped, improving the profile. The incision is made within the hairline behind the ears, where it is inconspicuous. An additional incision may also be made beneath the chin.

Dr. Macias Talking about the difference between facelift and neck lift

What is the Difference Between a Facelift and Neck Lift?

Who makes an ideal candidate for the procedure?

Good neck lift candidates struggle with drooping skin around the neck along with visible neck banding and excess fat beneath the chin. Clients should be non-smokers at a stable weight with no major medical conditions to contend with. They should be mentally sound and have realistic expectations for improvement rather than perfection when it comes to their results. Dr. Macias will perform a detailed evaluation of your neck during your confidential consultation.

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What happens during my recovery?

After surgery, you will wear a compression garment temporarily to help minimize your swelling and keep your new contours intact. Small drainage tubes may be placed as well to help remove excess blood and fluids from the body as you heal. You will need to take care not to disturb your incisions for several weeks, so you will need to avoid strenuous activities, exercise and heavy lifting. Most clients can return to work, however, within about 10-14 days. You can use makeup to help camouflage any bruising or discoloration.

Why choose Dr. Macias?

Board-certified physician Dr. Macias is an internationally recognized authority in the field of plastic surgery, delivering natural, nuanced results that blend seamlessly with your existing anatomy. Dr. Macias is passionate about being ahead of the curve when it comes to cutting-edge technology and equipment and he regularly attends industry conferences, seminars and networking events to stay abreast of the latest, most advanced techniques.

Dr. Macias obtained his medical degree from UCLA, after which he pursued a demanding residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic. He then further improved on his intrepid skill set through an elite microvascular reconstructive surgery fellowship at UPenn.

FAQ

IS A NECK LIFT PAINFUL?

General anesthesia is used during your neck lift, so you will be oblivious to any discomfort during the procedure. After your treatment, the doctor will provide you with prescriptions for pain medications. Your swelling and bruising should slowly dissipate, usually within about 2 weeks.

WILL THERE BE SCARRING WITH A NECK LIFT?

Dr. Macias utilizes a meticulously conservative approach that is painstaking and detailed, minimizing your scarring as much as possible. However, all surgeries come with scars. The incisions will be well hidden within the hairline behind the ears and they will fade with time.

WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF NECK LIFT SURGERY?

  • Poor reaction to anesthesia
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Poor wound healing
  • Excessive scarring
  • Numbness at the treatment site
  • Poor cosmetic result

AM I THE RIGHT AGE FOR A NECK LIFT?

Most clients pursuing neck lift surgery are between 40 and 60 years old. However, the treatment can be performed on younger clients who have already begun to see the signs of aging appear in the neck, or on patients over 60 who are in good mental and physical health. Overall health is a main factor when assessing eligibility rather than solely a person’s age.

HOW DOES A NECK LIFT DIFFER FROM NECK LIPOSUCTION?

While both procedures can be used together to contour the neck and create a more youthful look, liposuction by itself cannot address vertical neck banding or sagging skin the way that a neck lift can. Liposuction can, however, be useful in removing excess fat that accumulates with age.

WHEN WILL MY FINAL RESULTS BECOME VISIBLE?

While swelling may obscure your new neck contours at first, usually by the end of the first week post-op you’ll be able to start seeing a more shapely, trim neck appearance. Over the next 6 months, your neck lift results will continue to improve and impress.

HOW LONG DO MY RESULTS LAST?

Results with a neck lift are long-lasting; however, the surgery will not halt the aging process and you may need to undergo an additional treatment down the line. Protecting your skin from sun damage and following a healthy regimen of exercise and nutritious eating can help increase the longevity of your results.

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