Neck Lift in Tampa and Saint Petersburg, FL
One of the most visible regions of your body to show early signs of aging is the neck. If you are a resident of Tampa, St. Petersburg or the surrounding area in Florida with wrinkles, excess fat, or loose skin in your neck region that has left you looking a bit older than you’d like, a neck lift from dual-board certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon and otolaryngologist Dr. Dean G. Davis may be the ideal procedure to help you look more youthful and refreshed.
What Is A Neck Lift?
A neck lift works the same way a facelift does — it removes the excess skin and muscle from the area, then “pulls” the skin tighter to give the patient a more youthful appearance. Typically, a neck lift will involve a small incision made at the nape of the neck, just behind the ears. In this way, there will be no visible scarring for the patient.
Skin, fat, and muscle will be molded through these incisions, and any excess skin will be cut away. The incisions are then closed after all of the necessary adjustments are made. The recovery time necessary for a neck lift is similar to that of facelift recovery.
Neck Lift Benefits
The biggest benefit of a neck lift is the elimination of the so-called “turkey waddle”. Other benefits include:
- Removal of the excess fat deposits, and the excess skin that comes as a result of age
- Correcting jowls to create a more defined jaw line
- Tightening of loose neck muscles
Best of all, a neck lift is less invasive than a facelift!
Ultimately, the goal of a neck lift is to correct the common signs of aging — loose skin, loose muscles, and fat deposits.
Aging Process of the Neck
When the most obvious signs of aging begin to appear on our neck, we will end up looking older than our actual age. Loose skin, excess fat deposits, and flabby tissue on the neck will all conspire together to age us quicker than we may necessary want, which is why it’s important to look into the neck lift cosmetic option, and then decide if this is right for you.
You should definitely consider a neck lift if your neck is showing the following signs of aging:
- Decreased elasticity of skin
- Loose muscles
- Excess or drooping skin due to the increased age of the sub-muscular system
- Excess fat deposits
Am I a Candidate for a Neck Lift?
Surprisingly, the typical neck lift candidate is male, and between the ages of 40 and 60. However, many women get neck lifts as well.
Regardless of your age, you should only consider getting a neck lift if you are in good overall health (a general physical exam will determine this prior to the commencement of any procedure. You should also make sure that you still have some elasticity in your neck (a doctor can check this for you if you aren’t sure).
Ask yourself the following questions before you decide if getting a neck lift is right for you:
- Do you have loose skin underneath your chin that needs to be removed?
- Do you want to correct the appearance of “bands” on your neck?
- Do you just want to restore your neck’s youthful appearance?
If you said yes to one or more of the above questions, a neck lift is just the procedure you need!
The Neck Lift Procedure
Dr. Davis often recommends the outpatient neck lift procedure to be done in conjunction with a facelift or liposuction for enhanced and best results. Local anesthesia is often used, but it can also be done under twilight as well. Dr. Davis considers your unique aesthetic goals before deciding the intensity of the neck lift performed, and the amount of incisions required (a more intense neck lift involves an incision under the chin in addition to the small incisions underneath the ears).
Recovery and Follow-Up Care
As with any surgical procedure, a neck lift will have some post-procedure symptoms and require aftercare. Following your surgery, expect to experience minor swelling and bruising. Pain will be minimal, but if it turns out to be unbearable, pain medication can be prescribed.
You can expect all of the symptoms to subside in a matter of a few weeks.
You may return to work about 10 days after the surgery is performed. During the first week after your surgery, limit yourself to light activity around the house. It may be up to a month, however, before you can return to your normal rigorous exercise regimen.
How Much Do Neck Lifts Cost?
Neck lifts are a cosmetic procedure which are not typically covered under insurance. Most patients must pay out of pocket for neck lift surgery. To help you cover the cost of the procedure, we accept CareCredit® financing. Dr. Davis accepts payment via cash, check, or credit card, as well. For information about the financial options available to you, please contact us.
Throw out those scarves and high-neck shirts! Contact our office today to schedule your neck lift consultation with Dr. Davis.