Getting older is inevitable. Fortunately, thanks to cosmetic surgery, looking much older than we really are doesn’t have to be. Aging creeps upon us, often when we least expect it. One of the areas of the body that tends to be affected first is the neck, or more precisely, the skin of the neck. As we age, many elements of our body change and this includes our skin. Our natural production of collagen, which is one of the key substances responsible for keeping our skin supple, smooth and youthful, slows down. This natural effect of the aging process can lead to the skin becoming looser, thinner and less elastic. In addition to this, as fat decreases and becomes displaced by gravity, sagging skin can mean that jowls can appear under the chin, causing the neck to develop wrinkles and folds. You may hear this referred to as a ‘turkey neck’. Scarves and turtleneck sweater can help to hide the appearance of a turkey neck, but there is a more permanent solution – neck lift surgery.
A neck lift is a type of cosmetic surgery that is becoming increasingly popular amongst older patients. The goal of a neck lift is to improve the contours of the neck and define the jaw so that patients have a sleeker and younger-looking appearance. The procedure involves lifting the soft tissues on and around the neck, pulling them tighter to create smoother lines and contours and eliminate folds. These are then secured with sutures and left to heal.
A neck lift can be performed under a local anesthetic with sedation, with many patients may able to return home the same day. The complete procedure can usually be carried out in under two hours, but this can vary depending on how much neck tissue needs to be addressed. It can take six weeks or more for the swelling to completely subside and for the final and permanent appearance of the neck to become visible. During this time, you will be given specific instructions on the best way to care for your wounds while they heal. It is important to follow all directions as these will minimize your risk of complications, expedite your healing and ensure you get the best outcome from your neck lift surgery.
A neck lift is a great compromise on the anti-aging process. Patients can take advantage of a surgery that makes them look younger than before but without the need for facelift surgery, which in some cases, can look artificial and obvious. Not only does neck lift surgery reduce the presence of lines and folds, but it also strengthens the appearance of the jaw so that the patient can enjoy greater definition and more prominent features. Most patients find that a successful neck lift procedure can take a decade or more off of their perceived age.
When you look good you feel good, and the psychological effects of a neck lift cannot be understated. Patients enjoy greater confidence and self-esteem, a renewed zest for life and the ability to feel that they can wear whatever clothes they would like to.
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your neck and would like more information about neck lift surgery, or if you would like to book a consultation to discuss your suitability for this procedure, please get in touch with our discreet team by calling our Houston Cosmetic Surgery Center today.