Rejuvenation of the neck is one of the prime concerns of Dr. Lampert’s facelift patients. A wrinkled neck creates the perception of advancing age, no matter how youthful the rest of the face is.
Procedures Involved in a Neck Lift
There are three related procedures that can be used alone or in combination to tighten and tone the neck:
- Neck liposuction – for patients who only have excess fat and good elasticity. In general, this is usually indicated for younger patients with good skin tone and a submental fat pad (a pocket of fat just below the chin.)
- Neck lift with skin and fat excision – for patients with poor elasticity and excess relaxed skin and muscle. Sun-damaged loose neck skin is commonly seen in South Florida, even in younger patients seeking rejuvenation of the neck. Excess fat can be directly excised or removed with liposuction. Subplatysmal fat, or deep neck fat, is typically treated with direct excision.
- Platysmaplasty – for patients with visible banding in the neck. Banding in the neck occurs due to laxity and separation, or diastasis, of the sheet-like platysma muscle in the neck.
When choosing a cosmetic plastic surgeon to perform your neck lift operation, it is very important that you research exactly what type of certification your surgeon has attained.