Whether it is due to heredity, weight fluctuations, or age, a neck that lacks definition can be a problem for both women and men. Fat deposits and sagging in this area can blur the jaw line and cause you to look older or overweight – even if you’re not. At the Polacek Center for Plastic Surgery near Providence, Rhode Island, neck lift surgery can be performed to improve definition in the neck and jaw area.
If you would like to learn more about neck lift from Dr. Polacek, request a consultation online or call us at (401) 331-0202 and we will schedule your appointment.
About Neck Lift
With age, skin loses elasticity and the face and neck begin to descend, often resulting in sagging beneath the jaw and chin. This can make you look older than you feel, and can create the appearance of a double chin, even in thin patients. Some of us are genetically predisposed to this condition, which may appear before other signs of aging.
Dr. Polacek performs neck lift surgery to contour the neck and give a smoother, firmer appearance to the chin and jowls. In some cases, she will incorporate liposuction to help Rhode Island patients get rid of fat deposits that may be distorting the shape and adding excess volume to this area. The incisions for neck lift surgery are small and well-hidden under the chin and behind the ears.
Recovery and Results
After a neck lift, you may experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the neck, jaw and ears. Discomfort is easily managed with oral pain medication and should resolve in 7 to 10 days. Dr. Polacek often combines neck lift surgery for women and men who visit her from Providence for facelift surgery and, in such cases, the recovery may be slightly longer than with a neck lift alone. She will follow up with you in the days following your surgery to monitor your incisions and remove your bandages. You may need to wear an elastic bandage for several weeks to help with swelling and improve healing. Results will be noticeable within a few weeks, but it may take several months for final results to emerge.
Dr. Polacek will discuss the neck lift procedure and recovery in detail during your consultation. She will review the pros, cons, and risks of neck lift surgery, and help you to decide if you are a good candidate for this procedure.