Why your neck is the new ‘age giveaway’. An inside look at neck lift surgery.

Neck lift surgery is on the rise! But just what is neck lift surgery and when would this type of surgery be on your wish list? The face and eyes are often given lots of TLC and anti-aging attention, in an attempt to look youthful and fresh as the years tick by. But the neck is very often forgotten about. In reality the neckline can add or take away years to our appearance and can either help us to look younger than what we really are or in lots of instances – much older.

The skin we are in.

The truth is that the skin on your neck is much thinner than the skin on our face. It also doesn’t have as many sebaceous glands which can make it much more prone to dryness and irritation. This combined with years of sun exposure often results in the neck showing signs of aging before the face does.

woman holding neck
Turkey neck before neck lift surgery

Weight loss, genetics and other effects on the neckline.

Both men and women of all ages, who have lost considerable amounts of weight, may find that they are left with saggy, wrinkly skin around the neck area. Such patients often report strong negative feelings surrounding their appearance. Other patients may find that the chin is bulky and started to sag. The chin may look bloated and puffy, which can be off-putting and chip away at a person’s self-confidence. Changes in a person’s neck line can be due to genetics, weight changes or down to the natural aging process and the effect of gravity:

Is Cosmetic neck surgery a solution?

Absolutely. Regardless of the cause, neck lift surgery or liposuction to the neck area can offer an excellent solution to return your neckline to a more youthful look. Although both these procedures effectively refine and contour the neckline, each takes a very different surgical approach. But which one is right for you? It depends on a number of things; including what you are hoping to achieve from cosmetic surgery, as well as factors connected to the size, shape and skin tone of your neckline before any surgery was to take place. Neck lift surgery is also often combined with a face lift or surgery around the eyes. Read on to find out about which type of neck surgery may be right for you.

Before we examine the solutions, let’s first look a little bit more into the common problems that can occur around the neckline area.

neck surgery patient with double chin

Excess fat and the double chin effect

Excess fat around the chin and face can very often be very difficult to get rid off. Many patients find that no matter how much they diet or exercise, the stubborn fatty cells in their neckline refuse to shift. The excess fat that accumulates around the chin and neck can result in the undesirable double chin effect. Patients of otherwise healthy weight can still suffer with this problem that can nag away at a person’s confidence and self esteem.

Do you suffer with “Turkey neck”?

“Turkey” or “wattle” neck is a rather unflattering term for sagging, loose skin on the neck. It occurs when your neck muscles start to weaken and lose their size and strength or start to thicken into platysma bands. Or the skin on the neck loses its elasticity and becomes lax. As the fat decreases and starts to displace due to the effect of gravity the dreaded jowls start to appear. In addition the skin loses collagen and the effects of sun damage and pollution, such as smoking, can cause issues to develop such as fine blood vessels, wrinkles or pigmentation (age spots) to appear.

turkey neck before neck lift surgery

Liposuction of the neck

Ok, so you have decided to get rid of the double chin and extra fat that has built up around your neckline. But what options do you have? If you have good skin tone but excess fat then liposuction of the neck could be the perfect solution for your concerns. Your surgeon would insert a thin tube called a cannula into the areas of concern. The excess fat will be broken down using a variety of methods depending on the type of liposuction being performed. This fatty tissue will then be sucked out and removed to improve chin and jawline contours. This procedure is done under general anaesthetic therefore you will be totally asleep during the operation.

The neck lift surgery procedure

A neck lift is a popular choice of cosmetic surgery, which aims to reshape and tighten the skin around the neck and jaw such as in the Turkey neck example given above. The resulting look is youthful, sleek and refreshing and can knock years off the patient’s appearance. During a neck lift operation any excess skin is removed; to give the smooth refined look seen in younger, more youthful necklines. The neck muscles will also be tightened to eliminate the banding often seen in patients who present with this problem. This procedure is also done under general anaesthetic therefore you will be totally asleep during the entire procedure.

Loose saggy skin AND excess fat. Now what?

Do you suffer with pads of stubborn fat around the chin and neck as well as excess skin that hangs loosely around the throat? Liposuction is very often combined with neck lift surgery to achieve the best possible outcome for patients who present with a combination of these symptoms. Therefore if you have excess fat present in your neck line in addition to lax, sagging skin tone, then it is likely that you will need both neck lift surgery AND neck liposuction to achieve the result that you are looking for.

chin before and after neck lift surgery
Cosmetic Neck Surgery 1
Cosmetic Neck Surgery 2

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