Neck Lift Overview

One of the most youthful features a person can have is a sculpted, toned neck and jawline area. In contrast, a sagging jaw or double chin can often make a person look much older than they are. Whether due to normal aging, genetics, or other factors, a number of problems can affect the neck, chin, and jawline, negatively impacting your look. If you have a “turkey waddle” of sagging skin, visible muscle bands on your neck, a double chin from drooping fat and skin on the jawline, or jowls- neck surgery could be an excellent option for you. As a seasoned, skilled neck lift surgeon in Houston, Dr. Michel Siegel has developed a reputation for beautiful, natural-looking results. If you’re interested in smoothing and tightening your neck and jaw area for a rejuvenated look, look no further.

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PREPARATION

Since each Houston neck lift procedure is entirely personalized to your particular needs and preferences, your pre- and post-operative instructions will also be unique to your exact situation. Of course, some precautions will likely remain the same for most patients. For example it’s important that you stay as hydrated as possible and avoid medications that could interact with your anesthesia. Prior to your cosmetic neck surgery, Dr. Siegel and his team will give you a list of detailed instructions for you to follow. These will cover everything you need to do from a week before your procedure all the way through to the end of your recovery. Following these guidelines will help you remain healthy and achieve optimal results from your neck lift.

PROCEDURE

On the day of your neck lift surgery, you’ll come to our Houston cosmetic surgery office. Focusing his expertise in Facial Plastic surgery, Dr. Siegel has become well-versed in the most advanced neck lift methods. By employing techniques that will best suit your individual neck structure, your procedure will result in a refreshed and natural appearance. This experience able means you avoid any of the typical evidence associated with traditional neck lift surgeries that look unnatural such as: visible scars, distortion of the tragus (the cartilage in front of the ear), and/or shortening or elevating of the sideburns. Most patients will undergo twilight sedation for their neck lift procedure, which is a light sedation technique that allows for a more comfortable recovery without the side effects of general anesthesia. Depending on each case, Dr. Siegel may subtly modify your neck muscles, underlying tissues, and skin to effectively create a smooth, refreshed look. He will also typically remove excess skin as needed. Dr. Siegel may combine this procedure with neck liposuction or a face lift for even better results.

RECOVERY

Most of our patients find that healing from a neck lift is much easier and faster than they had expected, or as compared to more traditional and invasive procedures. Since Dr. Siegel focuses exclusively in the area of facial plastic surgery, he has a greater depth of experience and expertise for these procedures. This allows him to contour your neck with minimal inflammation and bruising, resulting in a shorter recovery time. Most patients can return to work five to seven days after a neck lift procedure with little to no sign of surgery.

FAQs

What main problem areas will a neck lift help with?

As mentioned above, a neck lift can improve the following aesthetic issues:

  • Wrinkles in the neck, which usually come from sagging skin.
  • A “turkey gobbler” appearance, in which one or more pockets of loose skin develop as the neck tissue loses its elasticity over time.
  • Jowls, or drooping at and below the jawline, which can lead the face to look older and less defined.
  • Visible vertical muscle bands on the neck, which create a veined appearance.
  • A double chin, which can be tightened by combining neck liposuction with neck lift techniques to address both the fat and the sagging skin that create this.

These are just some of the aesthetic imperfections a neck lift can remedy. If you are dissatisfied with any aspect of your neck, we encourage you to contact Dr. Siegel and schedule a consultation to see if a neck lift may be right for you.

How do I know if I need a neck lift or a face lift?

Many patients are confused about which of these procedures is most appropriate for them. While a neck lift addresses neck tissue, directly at and below the jaw, a face lift seeks to create a more defined jawline by smoothing and tightening the facial tissue above the jaw, such as jowls. If you are primarily concerned about facial wrinkles and sagging, a face lift would be the proper procedure for you. If you want to address any of the issues discussed in the question above (neck wrinkles, a “turkey gobbler” look, drooping around the jawline, visible vertical muscle bands, or a double chin), you would most likely benefit from a neck lift. A face lift and a neck lift are distinct procedures, but they are very complementary. Dr. Siegel can perform these surgeries at the same time, combining them to create a contoured, smooth, youthful appearance from your face to the bottom of your neck. At your initial consultation, Dr. Siegel can help you decide which of these procedures is right for you, or perhaps advise you to undergo both for an optimal outcome.

How long will my neck lift last?

The aging process is different for each individual and depends on things like your current lifestyle, genetics, nutrition, and skin care regimen. These (and other factors) will affect how quickly you age, and how your specific facial anatomy will respond to and maintain shape after surgery. Although there is no single estimate, a properly executed necklift by an experienced plastic surgeon may give you results that last up to 10 years. You can help maintain a more youthful neck appearance by having a healthy lifestyle and seeing Dr. Siegel for follow-up appointments as needed. Dr. Siegel can give you more information about your anticipated outcomes at your neck lift consultation appointment.