The neck is very susceptible to the effects of aging, gravity and elements like sun exposure. You may feel young and spry, but your neck could tell a different story. Dr. David D. Magilke, a talented Portland neck lift surgeon, can restore a more youthful tone and contour to the chin, jawline and neck for an improved overall appearance.
What a Neck Lift Can Treat
A neck lift, also known as a lower facelift, addresses visible signs of aging along the lower face region and the neck. Several things happen as the body gets older: It produces less of the proteins needed for strong, elastic skin and, as a result, the neck skin starts to look thin and weak. Also, fat pockets relax and migrate down toward the lower face and neck, pooling around the jawline and underneath the chin.
A neck lift tightens the skin and muscles and improves the contour of the jawline to treat the following:
- Lines and wrinkles
- Horizontal “bands”
- A double chin
- A “turkey wattle,” or loose skin
Although a neck lift will not stop the aging process or forces of gravity altogether, Dr. Magilke, a board-certified facial plastic surgeon, can restore a more attractive neck shape.
The details of a facelift and a neck lift surgery will be discussed at the time of consultation; you will have the opportunity to explain to Dr. Magilke what bothers you about your face and neck, and he will recommend a personalized surgical approach to improve these areas.
Are You a Candidate for Neck Lift Surgery?
Suitable candidates for neck lift surgery generally include adults who:
- Are bothered by the look of sagging neck skin or horizontal bands across the neck
- Are frustrated with visible signs of facial aging, including severe wrinkles, hollow-looking pockets, sagging skin and / or jowls
- Are in good mental and physical health overall
- Have realistic goals for neck lift surgery
- Have made the independent decision to pursue the procedure
A neck lift is an outpatient procedure, performed under anesthesia for your comfort. Dr. Magilke will follow the pre-determined surgical plan that outlines your specific concerns and how he will address them.
Dr. Magilke will begin by making the surgical incisions behind the ears, concluding in the back of the head. Its position reduces the chance of visible scarring. Through the incision, Dr. Magilke will reposition the underlying tissue, tighten the muscles and excise surplus skin. He will re-drape the skin more tightly over the neck. If needed, Dr. Magilke can make an additional incision underneath the chin and perform liposuction in this area. Finally, he closes the incisions with sutures.
Neck Lift Recovery
Your neck will be bruised and may feel tight or numb immediately after surgery. These side effects should resolve within a week or two. If you experience discomfort, take oral pain medication as prescribed by Dr. Magilke. Keep your head elevated to minimize swelling, and avoid turning your neck. Refrain from any vigorous activity or exercise as your body heals.
Dr. Magilke will meet with you several times after your surgery to check on your healing progress and advise when to return to work, exercise and your normal routine. You should follow all of his post-operative instructions to minimize the risk of complications.
Results You Can Expect
With neck lift surgery, the incisions are concealed underneath the chin and / or behind the ears.
Once individuals have recuperated from neck lift surgery, they can expect a smoother, more youthful neck contour, with no sagging neck skin and no horizontal neck bands. They can also expect a rejuvenated facial appearance.
The aesthetic benefits of neck lift and facelift surgery last about five to 10 years, depending on the patient’s lifestyle practices, such as sunbathing or smoking.
Enjoy a Healthier and Younger Appearance
If you believe your neck makes you look older and unattractive, a neck lift with Dr. Magilke can help. He uses advanced surgical techniques to combat the signs of aging and restore a pleasing neck contour. Dr. Magilke is also a leading provider of neck liposuction.
To learn more about a neck lift and how it can make you look younger and healthier, please contact our office by calling (503) 297-6511.