A cosmetic procedure clinically referred to as platysmaplasty or lower rhytidectomy, but commonly called a neck lift, this neck surgery was developed to combat common signs of aging, like sagging, creasing, and wrinkling. During this procedure, excess neck tissue is removed, with the goal to create a firmer, smoother, and more youthful appearance. 

Often, patients consider scheduling a neck surgery if they feel self-conscious about a double chin, jowls, or what some dub a “turkey wattle.” These candidates aren’t necessarily ready for a full face lift; their concerns are isolated to the neck region. 

A restorative, rather than corrective procedure, a neck lift might also be pursued in combination with other cosmetic procedures like eyelid surgery, brow lift, chin implants or dermal fillers for maximum results. In either case, here is a quick overview of what you should expect before scheduling a neck surgery. 

What You Need to Know about Neck Surgery

As with all cosmetic or restorative procedures, you’ll first schedule a consult during which you and Dr. Sterling will discuss your expectations. Typically, cosmetic neck surgery can take several hours, anywhere from two to four. While you are under anesthesia, Dr. Sterling will make small incisions around the ears, along with a tiny one beneath the chin. 

Once these are made, the muscles are gently lifted, while excess tissue is removed. After that, the incisions are carefully closed and the area around the head and chin is wrapped in sterile dressing. 

Recovering from Neck Surgery 

Patients should expect minor bruising and/or swelling following a neck surgery procedure, and often report a tight feeling around the neck. In general, any bruising will completely fade in a few weeks and the stitches are removed between 5-10 days, post-procedure. 

Ready to combat the aging process by scheduling a neck surgery? Simply contact our office today and request a consultation with Dr. Sterling.

Contact our office today to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Sterling.

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