A neck lift, or lower rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that improves visible signs of aging in the jawline and neck. Neck lifts can treat excess fat and skin relaxation in the lower face that creates jowls, excess fatty deposits under the chin, loose neck skin, muscle banding in the neck, which created abnormal contours. The loss of youthful contours in the face and neck can be due to a variety of factors, including heredity, gravity, environmental conditions and stress. When patients feel they are not ready for a full facelift because the upper face is still pleasing, they will note excess wrinkling of the neck skin, a double chin or "turkey wattle" and jowl lines. A good rule of thumb to follow is when the neck area doesn't match the upper facial appearance, a neck lift is indicated.
During your neck lift consultation be prepared to discuss:
- Your aesthetic goals
- Medical conditions, drug allergies, and medical treatments
- Current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drug use
- Previous treatments
Your surgeon will also evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors:,
- Discuss your options
- Examine your face and neck
- Take photographs
- Recommend a course of treatment
- Discuss likely outcomes of a neck lift treatment, and any risks or potential complications
- Discuss the type of anesthesia, if any, that will be used.