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Neck lift

A neck lift is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to treat the visible signs of aging in the neck and lower jaw area. Over time, many people notice sagging skin in this area, often accompanied by vertical stripes or “cords” that can give an aged appearance.

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What is a neck lift?

A neck lift, also known as a neck lift, is a cosmetic surgical procedure designed to improve the visible signs of aging in the neck area and under the chin. This procedure has become increasingly popular among those seeking to regain a more youthful, toned appearance in this specific area.

Surgical techniques: there are several methods for performing a neck lift. The technique chosen will depend on the patient’s anatomy, the desired changes and the surgeon’s recommendations. Common techniques include liposuction to remove excess fat, muscle tightening to eliminate neck bands, and removal of excess skin to achieve a smoother, more defined neck contour.

Visible results: the main objective of the neck lift is to restore skin elasticity, eliminate fatty deposits under the chin (sometimes called “double chin”) and tighten muscles to eliminate visible vertical bands or “cords”.

Neck lift benefits: in addition to aesthetic enhancement, a neck lift can also boost a patient’s self-confidence and well-being. With modern techniques, patients can expect natural results that reflect a rejuvenated version of themselves, without the appearance of a “pulled” or “overstretched” face associated with older procedures.

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Signs of aging neck

Over time, the neck can show obvious signs of aging that can alter a person’s overall appearance. Identifying these signs is the first step in considering a procedure such as a neck lift.neck lift

  • Muscle relaxation: One of the most common signs of aging is the relaxation of neck muscles. This phenomenon, often associated with loss of skin elasticity, can give the neck a flabby, sagging appearance.
  • “Turkey neck”: The appearance of folds and fine lines on the skin of the neck, resembling the skin of a turkey, is another common sign of aging. This uneven texture is generally the result of a combination of muscle relaxation and loss of skin elasticity.
  • Vertical bands: These bands, also known as “cords”, are caused by laxity of the platysma muscle. They can be particularly noticeable when the neck is tense or when a person is talking.
  • Accumulation of fat under the chin: With age, fat can accumulate under the chin, creating what is commonly known as a “double chin”. This accumulation of fat can alter the oval of the face and give an older appearance.
  • Other anatomical factors: In addition to the common signs mentioned above, other anatomical factors, such as the bone structure of the neck and the position of the thyroid gland, can influence the appearance of the neck over time.

By understanding these signs of aging, patients can better assess their needs and determine whether a neck lift is the right solution for them.

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Modern Techniques and Approaches

With the evolution of cosmetic surgery, new neck lift techniques have emerged, offering more natural, longer-lasting results. These modern methods focus on precise tissue targeting, guaranteeing a rejuvenated appearance without the strained effect of older procedures.

  • Deep Tissue Targeting: Unlike traditional techniques, modern facelift approaches focus on the underlying tissues, in particular the platysma muscle. By targeting these deeper tissues, the surgeon can achieve a more natural, longer-lasting result.
  • Platysmaplasty: This technique is specifically designed to treat visible vertical bands caused by laxity of the platysma muscle. Platysmaplasty smoothes the skin of the neck and reverses cording, giving a more youthful, toned appearance.
  • Isolated facelift: For those who do not require a full face lift, the isolated neck lift is an ideal option. This method focuses solely on the neck, removing excess skin and tightening muscles for a harmonious result.
  • Minimally invasive techniques: Thanks to technological advances, there are now less invasive neck-lift techniques that reduce bruising, swelling and recovery time. These methods are ideal for those seeking subtle improvements with minimal downtime.

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Processing thicker necks

When it comes to neck rejuvenation, every patient is unique. Some may have thicker necks due to various anatomical factors, requiring special attention.

  • Managing neck fat: Accumulation of fat under the chin can contribute to a thick neck appearance. Thanks to advanced neck aesthetic surgery techniques, it is possible to eliminate these fatty deposits, restoring a more refined, sculpted appearance to the neck.
  • Platysma muscle: With age, the platysma muscle can relax, forming visible vertical bands on the neck. A targeted intervention on this muscle can help smooth out these bands, offering a more youthful, toned appearance.
  • Submaxillary glands: In some cases, the submaxillary glands can be prominent, adding volume to the neck. A careful evaluation will determine whether a reduction of these glands is necessary to achieve the best aesthetic result.

It’s essential to note that when managing neck fat, it’s crucial to leave an adequate amount of fat to maintain a smooth, natural appearance. Excessive elimination can lead to a hollow or gaunt appearance.

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Results and Sustainability

  • Immediate results: after a neck lift, patients can expect to see a noticeable improvement in neck definition. The removal of vertical bands, the elimination of fat deposits and the tightening of the skin all contribute to a more youthful, refined profile.
  • Duration of results: the benefits of a facelift are long-lasting, but it’s essential to understand that surgery does not stop the natural aging process. In general, the results of a neck lift can last between 10 and 15 years, depending on post-operative care and the patient’s lifestyle.
  • Factors influencing longevity: several factors can influence how long the results of a neck lift will last. Among them, smoking, excessive sun exposure, genetics and skin quality play a crucial role. We recommend adopting a skincare routine, using sun protection regularly and avoiding smoking to maximize the duration of results.
  • Natural results: the main objective of a neck lift is to achieve a natural result, without overcorrection. By choosing a qualified and experienced surgeon, patients can expect subtle but effective rejuvenation, without the “operated” appearance of the face that some fear.
  • Touch-ups and complementary procedures: in some cases, touch-ups may be necessary to refine results. In addition, complementary procedures, such as injections of fillers or botulinum toxin, can be considered to maintain or improve results over time.
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Common side effects

  • Swelling: slight swelling is common after surgery. This swelling generally diminishes within a few days, and can be reduced by keeping the head elevated.
  • Bruising: minor bruising may occur, but usually disappears within a week. Arnica can help reduce bruising.
  • Feeling of tension: a slight feeling of tension or tightness is normal and often disappears within a few days.
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Post-operative recovery

  • The recovery period after a neck lift is a crucial step in ensuring optimal, long-lasting results. Here’s what you can expect:
    • Recovery time: most patients find that the main post-operative symptoms, such as bruising and swelling, begin to subside after a week. A rest period of at least 7 to 10 days is recommended to allow adequate healing.
    • Post-operative care: it is essential to follow the post-operative instructions provided by your surgeon. This may include wearing a chin strap to support the treated area, applying cold compresses to reduce swelling, and taking medication to manage pain and prevent infection.
    • Activities and movements: intense physical activity, such as sports or lifting heavy objects, should be avoided for the first few weeks. Neck movements should be limited to avoid tension on the operated area.
    • Visible results: although the first results of a neck lift are visible as soon as swelling and bruising disappear, the final result of a facelift may take several months to stabilize. Patience is essential to fully appreciate the benefits of the procedure.
    • Follow-up consultations: follow-up appointments with your plastic surgeon are crucial to monitor healing progress and ensure that everything is going according to plan. These consultations are also an opportunity to ask questions and get advice on how to maintain results over the long term.

    By incorporating a suitable skincare routine and following your surgeon’s recommendations, you can expect a smooth recovery and satisfactory aesthetic results.

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A neck lift is a delicate procedure requiring a surgeon with expertise in facial plastic surgery. A specialized professional guarantees not only up-to-date techniques, but also natural, harmonious results. By consulting patient reviews and keeping abreast of advances in cosmetic surgery, you can ensurea successful procedure that enhances your individuality while offering an aesthetic transformation.

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What is a neck lift?

A neck lift is a surgical procedure designed to improve the visible signs of aging in the neck and lower jaw area.

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Who's the ideal candidate for a neck lift?

Ideal candidates are those with sagging neck skin, vertical bands or fatty deposits under the chin, but whose skin still retains a certain elasticity.

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How long does it take to recover from a neck lift?

Most patients can resume their normal activities after 10 to 14 days, although bruising and swelling may persist for longer.

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Are neck lift scars visible?

Incisions are usually made so that scars are well hidden behind the ears and under the chin, becoming inconspicuous over time.

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How long do the results of a neck lift last?

Although results vary from individual to individual, a properly performed neck lift can last from 10 to 15 years.

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Does a neck lift stop the aging process?

No, a neck lift doesn’t stop aging, but it can rejuvenate the appearance of the neck by several years.

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What are the risks associated with a neck lift?

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks such as infection, bleeding, abnormal scarring and anesthetic complications. It is essential to discuss these risks with a specialist surgeon.

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Can a neck lift be combined with other cosmetic procedures?

Yes, it’s common to combine a neck lift with other procedures such as a facelift, blepharoplasty or rhinoplasty to achieve overall rejuvenation.

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