Anyone who wants to look younger usually puts a facelift, brow lift, blepharoplasty, and Botox at the top of their to-do list. These people all overlook the neck, an area of the body that shows age faster than many other areas.
Why? The neck has very thin skin, thinner than the skin on your face even, so damage from the sun, especially in Florida where sun is a frequent factor, and loss off elasticity and muscle tone are easily spotted.
Hiding your neck behind high collars or turtlenecks is not a solution. Instead, head to Dr. Nathan Nachlas, a double board certified Florida facial plastic surgeon, and discuss the benefits of a neck lift.
Changes to the Neck as You Age
As you age, collagen stores deplete, resulting in skin that looks loose. There is another factor at play. The process of aging also leads to fat deposits and a pigment known as lipofuscin entering your muscle tissue.
This decreases the size of muscle fibers. As the neck muscles reduce in size, the supportive structure for your skin is impacted. When this happens, you may notice skin begins to sag under the chin where it forms the “turkey neck” appearance. You may also see neck rolls and wrinkles developing.
Benefits of the Neck Lift
A neck lift is a surgical procedure, but it is the only way to really address loose skin on the neck.Prior to the surgery, general anesthesia is administered, though some patients may qualify for a sedative and local anesthesia, Dr. Nachlas will discuss those options during your consultation.
After incisions are made, Dr. Nachlas gets to work tightening the weakened neck muscles and removing excess skin. With some patients, liposuction is used to remove excess fat stores.The skin is re-draped over the new frame and incisions are sutured closed. This restores a more youthful appearance to the neck.
As the excess skin and muscle are both addressed, the problems causing your neck issues are both resolved. It is not a quick procedure. In fact, a neck lift can take Dr. Nachlas two hours to complete.
Some patients partner a neck lift with a facelift for optimal results, so that is a possibility if you have other issues you want addressed as well.
Recovering from the Neck Lift
Following a neck lift, you may have to wear bandages on the head and neck. Swelling and bruising can make your neck feel tight and uncomfortable, but Dr. Nachlas will recommend medications to help alleviate any discomfort.
Sleeping with your head elevated, such as in a recliner, can help to minimize the swelling. Bruising and swelling begin to decrease in approximately three days. Plan to take two weeks off from work for the recovery. After two weeks, you will be ready to resume social activities, too.
Specializing in Florida neck lifts, facelifts, and rhinoplasty, Dr. Nachlas is happy to discuss your concerns regarding your neck and offer his advice for the best plan of action.
Read more about his credentials at Why Choose Dr. Nachlas.
For more information or to request a consult with Dr. Nachlas contact Sandy Friedman, Director of Patient Relations at 561-939-0909.