• 6 January 2020
  • Dr Masood Ansari

When it comes to aesthetics, the neck is an often-overlooked area that contributes to an aged appearance. Unfortunately, our necks play a large role in our overall appearance and, when left alone, can make us look older than we feel. At My Cosmetic Clinic in Newcastle, NSW, we understand your concerns, and if you’re considering undergoing a neck lift to address your aging appearance, we can help.

What Is a Neck Lift?

A neck lift, or lower rhytidectomy, is an elective surgical procedure intended to address and improve the visible signs of aging around the jawline and neck. It is often used to treat excess skin and skin laxity in the lower face, which often result in the creation of jowls. It also addresses fatty deposits beneath your chin, loose neck skin, and tight muscle banding in your neck that can lead to abnormal contours.

Heredity, gravity, environmental conditions, and stress can all result in the loss of youthful contours around your face and neck. Sometimes, people feel that they’re not ready or don’t need a full facelift because there’s little dissatisfaction stemming from the state of their facial skin. However, many people notice excess skin wrinkling, the appearance of a double chin, loose neck skin, or jowls, and wish to have these addressed with this procedure.

What Can the Procedure Do for You?

Patients who want to address the effects of aging on their face have a lot of options, including both surgical procedures and non-surgical treatments. To address similar issues in your lower face and neck, though, surgery is often the only option.

That being said, this procedure may successfully address the issues you’re experiencing. Below are a few common issues that patients have had corrected via cosmetic surgery.

Double Chin

Double chins, or excess fat deposits that sit beneath your chin, have long been associated with weight gain. While it’s certainly true that gaining weight can cause fat to appear beneath your chin, the appearance of a double chin is caused by more than that. For example, people with shorter necks or smaller chins tend to develop a double chin regardless of their body weight. As we get older, this skin inevitably begins to sag.

If excess fatty tissue is causing you to have an unwanted double chin, liposuction can effectively remove the fat and provide you with the contour you desire. However, if you’re experiencing a loss in skin elasticity due to genetics or the effects of aging, then tightening and excess skin removal via surgery may be your only option.

Redefine Your Jaw

Our faces tend to be fuller when we’re younger. As we age, the volume in our cheeks decreases and our jawlines can start to sag, often resulting in jowls. Choosing to undergo the procedure has the potential to restore a youthful definition and appearance of your jawline.

Depending on your current condition and aesthetic goals, a neck lift can be combined with a lower face lift for patients who wish for even more dramatic results in their lower face and neck. This is due in part to the fact that a lower facelift procedure also affects the skin responsible for jowls, creating a one-two punch that addresses multiple areas.

Get Rid of Your “Turkey Neck”

When fatty deposits and the effects of aging meet below your chin, they can result in what’s commonly referred to as a “turkey neck” or “turkey wattle.” As your skin ages, the gradual breakdown of collagen and the effects of gravity combine to form this fleshy bit beneath your chin, and it can be virtually impossible to address it without surgery.

The procedure can fix this issue because excess skin is trimmed and loose muscles are tightened, creating a firmer, tighter contour without the loose, excess skin necessary to form the dreaded “turkey neck.”

Fix Vertical Muscle Banding

When we’re younger, our neck muscles are hidden behind layers of fat in our skin. As we age, the padding of fat decreases, diminishing the barrier between our muscles and our skin. As this occurs, neck muscles can become more visible, making you look older than you feel.

These vertical neck muscles are called platysmal bands, and they can take on a thick, rubber band-like appearance as they extend from beneath your chin to the Adam’s apple area. The most appropriate treatment for addressing moderate-to-significant platysmal bands is surgery. This procedure elevates the skin of the lower face and neck while tightening your underlying muscles and reducing the appearance of neck banding.

Can Botox Work for Platysmal Banding?

Botox injections are known for relaxing the muscles in your face that lead to the creation of wrinkles. That same ability to relax muscles makes Botox somewhat effective at addressing neck banding, but there is a catch.

Botox is not a permanent solution, and its results are only temporary. Regular Botox treatments can prevent the development of future neck bands, but it can’t do anything for the ones that already exist. That being the case, regular Botox injections are typically only advised in patients who have minimal muscle banding to address.

Smooth Neck Wrinkles and Creases

Prolonged sun exposure, muscle weakening, and collagen breakdown an all lead to the formation of fine lines and wrinkles in your neck. Over time, these fine lines can mature into deeper creases. If the appearance of wrinkles and creases in your neck is moderate-to-severe, these issues can be addressed with neck surgery.

Are There Other Benefits to Undergoing Neck Surgery?

While the specific benefits of surgery will depend on each patient’s unique condition and desired results, there are a few general benefits that every patient can enjoy.

It Delays the Aging Process

Certain cosmetic procedures, such as a facelift, are frequently performed on older patients. Neck lifts, though, tend to be performed on younger patients in their 30s and 40s. Some patients who still possess a high degree of skin elasticity choose to undergo liposuction alone to redefine the contours of their neck and lower jaw. However, it’s not uncommon at all for someone in their early 30s to undergo a neck lift procedure if the effects of aging on their skin warrant it.

When you have surgery on your neck earlier in your life, when the effects of aging are still moderate, it helps to turn back the hands of time. You can look several years younger after the surgery and will continue to do so as the effects of aging continue. The results of your surgery are permanent, though the procedure cannot stop aging altogether. Instead, your neck will start to age from a more youthful-looking state and will always have the look of someone younger than you are.

The Results Can Be Dramatic

Neck surgery doesn’t take long and can provide you with dramatic, natural-looking results. Some people you know will find it difficult to tell that you’ve had cosmetic surgery unless you tell them yourself.

Individuals who choose to undergo the procedure while they’re younger sometimes have more subtle results when before and after pictures are compared. However, anyone experiencing a double chin, “turkey neck,” or thick muscle bands running up and down their neck will notice a drastic change after surgery.

You’ll Need Fewer Procedures in the Future

Choosing to undergo a neck lift procedure as a younger person will save you both the cost and time required by more comprehensive and invasive surgeries later in your life. When you address the effects of aging in your 30s, you may not need a full facelift in your 50s. If you happen to want to address the signs of aging at that time, you may only need a mini facelift or a brow lift.

It’s also possible that you won’t need any surgery at all and can instead opt for non-surgical options, such as injectable fillers, PRP facial rejuvenation, or microneedling.

Recovery Doesn’t Take Long

Surgeries are considered invasive by nature, and that means there will be some recovery involved. For those of you who live active, busy lives, you can delight in the fact that recovery is typically short. Most patients are back at work after five to seven days and can resume exercising or other vigorous physical activity not long after.

It’s important to keep in mind that we don’t all heal at exactly the same rate, though the estimates above are accurate for most clients. Those who end up with longer recovery periods are most often patients who choose to undergo additional procedures along with their neck lift to achieve more robust results.

It Combines With Other Procedures Exceptionally Well

It’s possible to combine a neck lift with other procedures. Depending on the end results you’re looking to achieve, it may even be advisable to combine it. Combining procedures can help you achieve your aesthetic goals or create a more balanced, youthful look. Facelifts and neck surgeries are two procedures that are commonly performed together. If it’s your eyelids or brow that are causing you the most distress, you can combine it with a brow lift if you choose.

Why Choose Us?

We believe in a holistic approach to cosmetic beauty. We choose to apply a combination of medical and surgical techniques to achieve the best possible results for our patients, depending on their stated goals and the results they’re looking to achieve.

As an established cosmetic surgery practice that has been trusted by thousands of patients, we take great care in treating you as a valued individual and not a number. We’re happy to take our time with each and every client, providing them with the care and expertise necessary to help them achieve their unique goals.

Dr. Masood Ansari (MBBS, MSC, MRCS, FACCS)

Dr. Ansari has undergone nine years of extensive surgical training at locations around the world. His initial surgical training was received through the National Health Services (NHS) in the UK, and he obtained Membership in the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) in 2006. He has also been involved in multiple academic research projects and was awarded a Masters (MSc) in Advanced Surgical Practice from Cardiff University, also in the UK.

He went on to receive extensive training in cosmetic surgery in Australia and was granted a fellowship from the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery.

Dr. Ansari’s Approach

Dr. Ansari believes deeply in providing a personalized approach to every one of his clients and has a well-known reputation for his attention to detail and ability to achieve positive results for his clients. Thanks to his large list of happy patients, Dr. Ansari prides himself on his combination of up-to-date techniques and attentive care and understanding when dealing with patients. Rest assured that when you work with Dr. Ansari, he will keep your best interests in mind.

Conclusion

Neck lift surgery is a procedure designed to address the signs of aging around the lower jaw and neck. The procedure is effective at addressing a double chin, jowls, neck banding, fatty deposits, and loose, excess skin. Recovery from the procedure is shorter and easier than other well-known cosmetic surgery options but is no less effective at successfully treating patients.

If you’re dissatisfied with the effects of aging around your neck and lower jaw and you think that the procedure may be right for you, call us at My Cosmetic Clinic in Newcastle, NSW today.

Dr Masood Ansari
About The Author

Dr Masood Ansari

Dr Ansari has undergone nine years of extensive surgical training around the globe. He received his initial surgical training under the auspices of the National Health Services (NHS) in the United Kingdom and obtained Membership in the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) in 2006. Due to his particularly keen interest in surgical research, Dr Ansari has been involved in multiple academic research projects and was awarded a Masters (MSc) in Advanced Surgical Practice from Cardiff University in the United Kingdom.

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