Neck lift, or lower rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that improves visible signs of aging in the jawline and neck such as excess fat and skin relaxation in the lower face that creates jowls, excess fatty deposits under the chin, loose neck skin, muscle banding in the neck, which created abnormal contours.
The loss of youthful contours in the face and neck can be due to a variety of factors, including heredity, gravity, environmental conditions, smoking, and stress. Some people feel they are not ready for a full facelift because the upper face is still pleasing. However, many patients will note excess wrinkling of the neck skin, a “turkey wattle” or double chin, and jowl lines. When the neck area doesn’t match the upper facial appearance, a neck lift may be a good solution.
Rejuvenation procedures typically performed in conjunction with a neck lift are brow lift, to correct a sagging or deeply furrowed brow, and eyelid surgery (upper and/or lower eyelid blepharoplasty) to rejuvenate aging eyes.
What neck lift surgery won’t do is change the fundamental appearance of the face and cannot stop the aging process. A neck lift can only be performed surgically. Non-surgical rejuvenation treatments (i.e. Belkyra/Thermi) cannot achieve the same results, but may help delay the time at which a neck lift becomes appropriate and complement the results of surgery. Contact us for a free consultation.