A neck lift, professionally performed by our board-certified cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Berkowitz, is an opportunity to rejuvenate your facial appearance by removing loose skin, fat, and tissue lingering below the chin. If you are starting to notice overly loose skin, folds, or wrinkles on your neck, or excess skin below the chin, then a neck lift can take years off of your appearance. By creating a more youthful, defined neck profile, Dr. Berkowitz can help you look and feel your best with this custom surgical procedure.
Benefits of a Neck Lift
There are incredible benefits to having a neck lift performed by Dr. Berkowitz, such as:
- Tighter, firmer skin on your neck
- Reduced sagging skin and wrinkles sagging from chin to neck (wattle)
- Reduced double chin
- Long-lasting results
- Boosted confidence in your appearance
Getting a neck lift can be performed on its own or in combination with other procedures such as a brow lift or facelift. By combining procedures, you will reduce your overall recovery time and you will be able to get more of the results you desire with less stress on your body then undergoing separate procedures.
Am I a Candidate for a Neck Lift?
Candidates for a neck lift often have issues with loss of firmness and elasticity in their skin and are experiencing excess skin hanging beneath the chin or from jawline and on the neck itself. Ideal candidates should:
- Be seeking an effective facial rejuvenation procedure
- Have excess skin and fat from chin to neck that adds years to their look
- Be healthy and medically able to undergo surgery
- Not have any current infections
- Should be able to cease certain blood-thinning medications for a period of time prior to and after the surgery
During your initial consultation with Dr. Berkowitz your candidacy for the procedure will be assessed and a customized surgical plan can be crafted to achieve the look you want. A consultation is the best option to find out which cosmetic procedures will achieve the rejuvenated look you envision.
The Neck Lift Procedure
A neck lift can typically be performed on its own within 2 to 3 hours. The procedure follows a few basic steps:
- Firstly, the anesthesia is administered.
- Secondly, incisions are made, typically within the hairline to reduce the visibility of scars.
- Then, excess skin is removed if necessary and the underlying musculature is tightened.
- Finally, the incisions are closed, and supportive bandaging is placed around the surgical site.
Dr. Berkowitz and his team are focused on providing superior care throughout the procedure, including during recovery. You will be provided with full aftercare instructions and will have several follow-up appointments during the healing phase.
What Should I Expect During the Recovery Period?
Initially you will have bandaging around your neck and face to support the surgical sites and to reduce swelling. You should expect to experience some bruising and swelling as well as tenderness around the neck and face. Any discomfort during this time can be alleviated with prescription pain medication.
You will be instructed to keep your head elevated, especially when sleeping. Bathing instructions will also be provided so the area heals quickly and properly. Short walks will be suggested to keep fluid from building up around the face and neck and to aid in the healing process. Drinking plenty of water during this time and avoiding alcohol or salty foods is beneficial. Expect most of the recovery to occur within the first few weeks and to be able to return back to any strenuous exercise or activities at around six weeks or as specified by Dr. Berkowitz.
When Will I See the Results?
You should expect to see the results as soon as the bandages are removed. Expect full results to be seen within six months, as during this time the swelling is gone, and your new look will be fully revealed, although the smoother, firmer, more youthful neck will be visible far earlier.
Why Choose Dr. Berkowitz at Accents Cosmetic Surgery for a Neck Lift?
Dr. Berkowitz specializes in the anatomy of the face and surgical procedure to rejuvenate, enhance and restore face and neck. As a board-certified surgeon he can help you to create a younger, more attractive facial appearance if age has taken a toll on your neck. He is highly skilled and knowledgeable and will personally care for you at every step of this rejuvenating surgical procedure.