Nothing makes you appear more aged than the dreaded “turkey wattle” effect caused by saggy, drooping skin on the bands of the neck. A Neck Lift could be the answer. Because the skin of this area is so delicate, and due to the natural force imposed by gravity, the skin of the neck and throat area is easily prone to stretching and losing elasticity as a natural consequence of aging, giving way to such effects as the formation of jowls, a drooping double chin, bands of lax, saggy skin, and the unfortunate “turkey neck” effect.
A neck lift is a surgical procedure designed to tighten and tone the lower face, chin, and neck area and is personally tailored to each patient. In medical terms, a patient may undergo either a Platysmaplasty or Lower Rhytidectomy, both of which are terms for the neck lift procedure that rejuvenates and tightens the skin and muscle tissue in the lower face and neck, diminishes the double chin effect, and reduces the appearance of jowls, while sculpting a firmer and toned facial profile.
In many cases, patients may elect to combine a neck lift with other cosmetic procedures, like a facelift or brow lift, to achieve even more dramatic rejuvenation in the area of the face and neck. Luckily, if you live in Atlanta, GA, you can schedule a consultation with Dr. Nicholas Jones, a double-board certified plastic surgeon and one of the area’s most trusted cosmetic surgeons to learn about your options for a neck lift. Dr. Jones provides both surgical and non-surgical neck lift procedures for residents of the greater Atlanta area and beyond.
If you’re beginning to see vertical bands of wrinkly, fine skin on your neck, along with fleshy jowls along your jawline and sagging skin beneath the chin, you can definitely benefit from a neck lift that can take years off your appearance by rejuvenating your lower face and neck.
For the most part, most adults over the age of 50 can benefit from a neck lift, as the effects of gravity on the lower face begin to become more pronounced by this age in most people. Candidates must be in good health and cleared for surgery by their primary physician. You must also be available to set aside at least a week to rest fully after surgery to properly heal and recover from the procedure.
When you come in for your initial consultation, Dr. Jones will thoroughly examine the condition of your face and skin, as well as evaluating your medical history and list of medications to best help you prepare for your neck lift procedure. You may be required to temporarily suspend use of certain types of medications to prepare for plastic surgery.
You will be shown photographs of actual patients who have undergone the procedure so you can view their “before and after” photos, and discuss your aesthetic goals with Dr. Jones. He will recommend the best procedures that will most effectively address your aesthetic concerns, and help you meet your desired aesthetic goals.
The neck lift is a simple, safe, and widely popular cosmetic surgery performed for decades and is normally performed under general anesthesia.
The procedure requires tiny incisions that are camouflaged discreetly within the natural creases and folds under the chin. These tiny incisions allow the surgeon access to tighten and lift muscular tissue and trim away excess fat, sculpting a toned, firm chin and throat contour, banishing unsightly jowls and the troublesome double chin, as well as those unsightly vertical neck bands that produce the “turkey wattle” effect. Neck lift surgery may take a few hours to perform, and most patients may return home on the same day.
The neck lift is a widely sought-after cosmetic procedure because it can take years off a person’s facial appearance and can dramatically rejuvenate the face, neck, and décolletage region. The neck lift procedure provides the following advantages:
Following surgery, a compression bandage will be wrapped around your neck, and you will be scheduled for a follow-up appointment the following day. Drain tubes may be used during the surgery, and these are typically removed the following day.
Dr. Jones will prescribe pain medication to treat any soreness or swelling that you may experience following surgery, and our staff will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions while also closely monitoring your healing process. To best conserve the results of your procedure, commit to a healthy skincare routine and regular sun protection, as well as healthy lifestyle habits like avoiding cigarette smoke and other pollutants.
You will need to have someone lined up to drive you home after your neck lift surgery, as well as to help with household chores for a few days while you rest. You may use ice packs to alleviate swelling, and you must take special precautions not to injure yourself following the procedure. For example, you will not be able to bend over, to prevent pressure on the treatment area, and you must also avoid lifting heavy objects. For the first two weeks or so, you will have to sleep in an elevated position and limit movement of the head and neck.
The stitches from your operation will be removed about a week after surgery, with a gradual improvement in soreness and swelling occurring naturally after about 2 weeks. Most patients can return to office work and light activity after 1 or 2 weeks, however, you must hold off on more strenuous activity until about one month after surgery.
Dr. Nicholas Jones, a seasoned cosmetic specialist, will customize a personal treatment plan to help you meet your aesthetic goals, achieve natural-looking rejuvenation, and improve the tone and texture of your skin in the lower face and neck. To learn if a neck lift may be suitable for you, contact Dr. Jones at (404) 777-TUCK to schedule your consultation today!
Come visit Dr. Jones and our team and let us help you achieve the spectacular look you deserve!
3280 Howell Mill Road NW Suite 200, Atlanta, GA 30327