Is a Neck Lift Right for You?

The neck area can be one of the first places signs of aging, weight loss and environmental damage show on the body. Unfortunately, the skin on the neck can be vulnerable and delicate to the elements and is not easily targeted through typical exercise or non-surgical procedures. Neck lift surgery is one of the best ways to restore a more youthful neck appearance and self-confidence. Dr. Christopher Schaffer is a trusted expert in neck lift surgery who has helped many patients achieve satisfying results. 

Understanding Neck Lifts

A neck lift is a cosmetic procedure focused on improving the appearance of the neck and lower face. People choose to have neck lifts for many reasons, including sagging skin, “double chin” resulting in fatty tissue in the area, and also simply to achieve a more chiseled jaw, chin or silhouette.  While often assumed to be part of a facelift, a neck lift is sheerly focused on addressing issues affecting the area beneath the chin or the neck itself. These two procedures are usually standalone because both target completely different areas. 

While the neck may seem like a simple anatomical area, it is unique. Genetics determine everything from muscle and glandular configurations and size to skin and fat volume. Therefore, it is incredibly important to work with a surgeon like Dr. Schaffer, who is willing to spend time studying your anatomy and neck or chin movement specifically before the surgery. 

Who Is a Good Candidate for a Neck Lift?

Good candidates for neck lift surgery typically exhibit signs of aging or general dissatisfaction in the neck area, such as loose skin and muscle laxity. Factors like age, skin elasticity and overall health play crucial roles in determining who is a good candidate. It is also essential for candidates considering neck lift surgery to have realistic expectations and goals regarding the outcomes of the procedure and a good understanding of exactly what can be achieved with the procedure.

The Neck Lift Procedure

When you are initially taken into the surgical suite, you will be given anesthesia to keep you comfortable during the procedure. Dr. Schaffer and the team follow stringent safety protocols like tailoring medications specifically to your medical history and status to deter the risk of any negative reactions. 

The neck lift procedure involves several steps, and the procedure and technologies used can differ depending on the patient. First, small incisions are carefully made, typically behind the ears and/or under the chin, to access the underlying tissues in the neck. Next, excess skin and fat are removed, and underlying muscles may be tightened to improve contour. Dr. Schaffer may also target sub-mandibular glands in the area to avoid unsightly bulges. Finally, the incisions are meticulously closed in an area where any scarring can be well-camouflaged by natural creasing.

Benefits of a Neck Lift

There can be significant aesthetic and psychological benefits of a neck lift, including: 

  • Enhanced aesthetic appeal of the neck area
  • Improved neck contour and profile
  • Boost in self-confidence and overall appearance
  • Reduction of sagging or excess skin
  • Minimization of wrinkles and creases in the neck area
  • Restoration of a more youthful and toned appearance
  • Enhancement of jawline definition

Be sure to read the testimonials and view the image gallery at Schaffer Plastic Surgery to see firsthand how life-changing the results of a neck lift can be.

Recovery and Aftercare

During the first few days, you will experience some swelling, bruising and discomfort. Dr. Schaffer and the care team will give you specific instructions on what to avoid and help with pain management. Post-operative care instructions for optimal healing and minimal scarring will also be provided, such as avoiding twisting or bending your neck much in the first days following the procedure. You may need to wear a compression garment during this time to help with swelling. You will generally be advised to rest and avoid strenuous activity for a few days after the surgery. 

Most patients at Schaffer Plastic Surgery can return to their normal activities three to four days post-surgery. However, full healing may take several weeks.

Potential Risks and Complications

As with all surgical procedures, neck lift surgery comes with some risks. For example, bleeding beneath the skin, infection and scarring are all possible. However, working with a well-experienced plastic surgeon negates many of the risks involved. For example, Dr. Schaffer exceeds the usual cautionary steps during consultation and the procedure to ensure patient safety. One of the biggest ways to minimize risks is to follow aftercare instructions closely and maintain communication with your care team until you are healed. 

Longevity and Maintenance of Results

The results of neck lift surgery can last for many years. There may be natural changes with time and changes in skin elasticity. However, these changes tend to be minimal with a good skincare routine and a healthy lifestyle. For example, significant weight gain or weight loss may affect the results, as it can not properly protect the skin from the sun.

Schedule a Neck Lift Consultation With Dr. Schaffer to Get Started 

When considering a neck lift, selecting a skilled and experienced surgeon like Dr. Schaffer is paramount to having the best experience. At Schaffer Plastic Surgery, we prioritize personalized care and patient safety and ensure each individual’s unique needs are met with expertise and compassion. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Schaffer to discuss your specific concerns and questions regarding neck lifts by calling 205.619.9905 to schedule an appointment.