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Oftentimes when it comes to anti-aging care and a proper skincare routine, the neck is neglected. But the neck needs just as much attention as the face and can also show signs of aging, just like the face can, including wrinkles and sagging skin. Sometimes, this can be a huge source of discomfort for people and cause them to cover up, wearing scarves and turtlenecks even in the warmer months. However, there are solutions to turning back the clock on showing signs of aging in the neck. A neck lift is a cosmetic procedure that removes excess skin and fat around the jaw to create a younger-looking and more defined neck.

What is a Neck Lift?

Although a neck lift does not stop the aging process, it can give long-lasting and youthful results. A neck lift is often done as part of a facelift. When it comes to a neck lift, here’s what you can expect.

1. First, you and your surgeon will have a discussion about what your overall goals are for the neck lift. Your surgeon can also recommend other options such as chin implants, dermal fillers, or CoolSculpting to augment your procedure. This discussion will also include your medical history, general health, and other factors that might come into play for the neck lift procedure such as skin condition and scarring tendency.

2. The neck lift procedure itself may take a few hours under general anesthesia. Your surgeon will make small incisions around the ears and under the chin and use liposuction to remove extra fat. It is important to note that liposuction cannot correct structural problems that may be contributing to your neck’s appearance, which is why that initial discussion is so important to learn what works best for you and your goals.

3. At the end of the procedure, the incisions are closed with sutures.

After the neck lift procedure, your neck might feel tight, and you may notice some bruising. You might need to wear a special compression garment to reduce swelling and keep your head elevated and straight.

A neck lift is not for everyone, and you might benefit from an alternative procedure such as Ultherapy, Kybella, or even a nonsurgical facelift. These therapies are nonsurgical and do not require quite the recovery time as a neck lift. Depending on your neck and your goals, one of these therapies might work for you!  

If you think you might benefit from a neck lift, talk to your doctor today. Your doctor can recommend the best way forward for you and your goals and put together a customized plan just for you.

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