As we age, our skin loses elasticity and collagen, which can cause sagging skin, lines, and wrinkles. If you are tired of living with excess fat and lax skin on the lower face that creates jowls or a “turkey neck”, then it may be time to look into neck lift surgery. Read on to learn more about this surgical option for a more youthful-looking you.
What a Neck Lift Can Achieve
A neck lift, also known as a lower rhytidectomy, is a procedure done to improve visible signs of aging in the neck and jawline. It can help to treat excess fatty deposits under the chin, excess fat and skin that create jowls, lax neck skin, and muscle banding in the neck. When the neck area doesn’t match up with the rest of the facial appearance, a neck lift may be a good solution to help you look as young as you feel.
What a Neck Lift Can’t Do
While a neck lift can help to turn back signs of aging, it cannot stop the aging process from progressing. It can also not dramatically change your fundamental appearance. Remember, a neck lift is done to help create a younger-looking version of yourself.
What to Expect
The neck lift procedure can be performed under intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Depending on the amount of change that you would like, you can undergo a traditional neck lift or a limited incision neck lift.
The incisions for a traditional neck lift begins in the hairline at the level of the sideburn and continues around the ear and ends in the back of the head. Fat may be sculpted or redistributed from the jowls and neck.
For those who have a minimal to moderate amount of lax skin on the neck, a limited incision neck lift may be a better choice. This surgery involves incisions only around the ear and offers more limited results.
If you are interested in learning more about the neck lift procedure in West Michigan, contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dodde.