Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Oceanside, California, Dr. Gregory Park provides a full range of plastic and reconstructive services at North Coast Plastic Surgery including cosmetic surgery of the face, neck, eyes, and nose, breast augmentation, breast reduction, breast reconstruction, revision cosmetic breast surgery, arm lifts, liposuction, tummy tuck, Botox, Fillers, and more...
Neck Lift San Diego
This surgical procedure that smoothes and contours the neck while tightening the underlying tissues and muscles is call a Neck Lift. This surgery can redefine crepe-like skin, remove jowels, and give a defined youthful jawline.
Neck LIFTS in Oceanside & San Diego
As aging takes its toll on our bodies, the neck can often be the first area to show signs. A patient may not yet be ready for a facelift, but is instead experiencing loose drooping skin that gives us that “turkey neck” or those “banding” lines that occur around the neck. Neck banding is the result of laxity in the platysma muscles that can also be rectified temporarily with Botox. But, a longer lasting solution can be accomplished with a Neck Lift.
Necklift surgery can correct visible signs of aging by removing excess fat, tightening underlying muscles, and redraping the skin of your neck. A necklift can be done alone, or in conjunction with other procedures such as liposuction to the neck, a forehead lift, eyelid surgery, a facelift or nose reshaping.
The best candidate for a necklift is a man or woman whose face and neck have begun to sag, but whose skin still has some elasticity and whose bone structure is strong and well-defined. Most patients are in their forties to sixties, but necklifts can be done successfully on people in their seventies or eighties as well.
Sagging jowls, loose neck skin and fat accumulation under the chin may be corrected with a neck lift.
The incision starts in front of the earlobe and wraps around behind the ear to the lower scalp. Excess skin is trimmed and sagging tissues are tightened. Liposuction may also be used to remove excess fat from the neck area.
To view Before & After Neck Lift photos, click photos above. Individual results may vary.
The purpose of your consultation with Dr. Park is to express your desired outcome and goals with surgery, gather information, and feel confident and assured when you schedule your surgery with us.
Necklifts are very individualized procedures. During your initial consultation Dr. Park will listen to your goals for the surgery, and evaluate your neck, including the skin, fat, and underlying bone structures.
Be sure to tell Dr. Park if you smoke or are taking any drugs or medications, especially aspirin or other drugs that affect clotting.
If you decide to schedule your necklift, Dr. Park will explain the techniques and anesthesia he will use, and the potential risks for surgery. Don’t hesitate to ask Dr. Park any questions you may have, especially those regarding your expectations and concerns about the results.
Preparing For Your Surgery
Before your surgery, Dr. Park and his registered nurses will see you at your preoperative appointment. During this appointment you will get another opportunity to ask any additional questions you may have with regard to surgery and review all the details of surgery again.
You will be provided with prescriptions for medications required after surgery. You will also be provided with instructions to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on drinking, eating, smoking, and avoiding certain medications or supplements which increase bleeding or bruising.
Carefully following these instructions will help your surgery go more smoothly. If you smoke, it’s especially important to stop at least three to four weeks before and after surgery; smoking inhibits blood flow to the skin, and can interfere with the healing of your incision areas.
If your hair is very short, you might want to let it grow out before surgery, so that it’s long enough to hide the incisions while they heal. Your incisions are designed to hide along the creases of the ear to minimize their appearance. Over time your scars will fade and be barely visible.
While preparing for surgery, make sure to make arrangements to have a family member or friend drive you home after surgery. You may also want to have someone help you for a couple of days while you recover.
Types of Anesthesia
Necklifts can be performed under local anesthesia, combined with a sedative to make you drowsy. You’ll be awake but relaxed, and your face will be insensitive to pain.
Necklifts can also be performed with the use of a general anesthesia. In that case, you’ll sleep through the operation.
Neck lifts can take several hours to perform or longer, especially if you are undergoing more than one procedure. If multiple extensive procedures are desired you may have to stage your surgeries on separate days.
Incisions for neck lifts are placed within the natural creases and lines around the ear lobe and posterior ear and hair line. This incision allows for elevation of neck skin below the jawline and above the muscles of the neck. A small incision is often made under the chin, as well, to suction excess fat under the chin and also release skin in the front portion of the neck. The underlying muscles are tightened, the neck skin is pulled back and the excess skin is removed prior to closure of the incisions.
Sometimes a drain is used to allow for the removal of blood collections during your recovery period. An elastic dressing will also be used to apply gentle pressure to your neck after surgery.
After Your Surgery
Generally, neck lift surgery is not very uncomfortable. However, you will be provided with pain medications should you require something to help with any discomfort that you may experience after surgery. Some numbness is normal after a neck lift. This symptom usually disappears after a couple of weeks or months.
In order to help with sweliing, you will be instructed to keep your head elevated for a couple of days.
If you have a drainage tube, it will be removed one to two days after surgery. Dressings or bandages are also removed after one to two days. Bruising and swelling can be normal after surgery. This will improve over the course of one to two weeks.
Sutures will be removed after about five to seven days. The hairline behind your ears may take longer to heal, and the stitches or metal clips in your hairline could be left in a few days longer.
Getting Back to Normal
You should be up and about in a day or two, but plan on taking it easy for the first week after surgery. Be especially gentle with your neck and hair, since your skin will be both tender and numb, and may not respond normally at first.
Dr. Park will provide you with specific instructions for the gradual resumption of your normal activities. They’re likely to include these suggestions: Avoid strenuous activity, including sex and heavy housework, for at least two weeks (walking and mild stretching are fine); avoid alcohol, steam baths, and saunas for about one month. Eat a balanced diet and get plenty of rest to allow your body to spend its energy on healing.
By the third week, you’ll look and feel much better. Most patients are back at work about ten days to two weeks after surgery.
Your visible improvements after neck lift surgery will be obvious immediately even with the swelling and bruising that may occur. Once healed, you will have a tighter, smoother, more youthful appearing neck and jawline that you will no longer try to hide behind turtle necks and ties.
As your scars continue to heal, mature and fade, you may have difficulty finding them because they are designed to hide in the natural creases around the ear and along the hairline.
A neck lift will make your neck look better and appear younger, but it will not stop the hands of time. You will not be immune to the effects of aging and your neck will continue to age. So, if you still have a goal of a youthful appearing neck as you age, you may require another neck lift in the future. In the meantime, you can enjoy your new look for many years.
The Next Step
To find out if you are a good candidate for Neck Lift surgery, call us at 760.655.1414 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Gregory Park. We look forward to helping you in achieving your goals.