Neck Lift

July 7, 2010

You can hide your bulgy middle with fuller skirts and your upper arms with long sleeves, but there isn't much you can do about a saggy neck. It announces loudly to the world that you are on the other side of middle age. The truth is that your crepey, droopy-skinned neck may even exaggerate and make you seem a great deal older than your actual age. Talk about aggravation!

Cervical Tuck

But you don't have to just grin and bear it—there's a solution: a neck lift. The neck lift can bring about a dramatic improvement in your appearance. The surgery consists of tightening slackened neck muscles and removing the excess skin from around your neck and under your chin. This procedure is sometimes called a cervical tuck and is tailored according to the individual patient's neckline and preferences.

Start by gathering information. Set up a consultation with a cosmetic surgeon (get a referral from friends or from your family physician). The cosmetic surgeon can discuss the cervical tuck with you and help you determine if this surgery is a good option for you. It's possible that the surgeon will suggest additional anti-aging surgeries that can be performed at the same time as the cervical tuck, or he may tell you about non-surgical treatments that can help to restore your youthful look.

Awful "Tires": Neck Lift Surgery

Let's examine the facts: double chins and sagging skin that overlaps your collar, not to mention deep wrinkles in the area of your neck, age your appearance. A cervical tuck serves to get rid of fat pockets in the neck and chin area and those awful "tires" around your neck. It also tightens up the droopy skin and weakened muscle tissue of this area. The end result is a youthful, contoured neck and jaw line.

During a cervical tuck procedure, the surgeon makes an incision just below the chin or behind the ears. Part of the success of the procedure lies in the precise placement of the incision to avoid telltale scarring. The surgeon will use his incision as a window to the neck muscles. These are tightened and reshaped. If fat pockets are found, the surgeon can remove them with liposuction. The surgeon also smoothes loose skin by drawing it up toward the face. Any excess skin is then removed.

In the post-surgery period, you will experience some swelling and bruising. You may also have a bit of numbness. All of these are to be expected. It may take several days for these post-surgical side effects to resolve. Total recovery time for neck lift surgery can take between one and two weeks. You can return to work at this time and expect to be the recipient of many an admiring glance!

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