Neck lifts on the rise – literally
I happened across an article on FOX News the other day that mentioned an upward trend towards neck lifts.
Evidently breast augmentation and liposuction are far more popular, but now they are seeing more and more people coming in for neck and butt lifts (I’ll cover “the butt” in my next blog!).
I totally get the neck lift. My momma always told me a lady shows her age first in her neck and then her hands. Yet for some reason women often neglect their neck in their daily skincare regimen, allowing it to show signs of age well before the face.
What’s involved in a neck lift?
Known as platysmaplasty or cervicoplasty, “a neck lift enhances the appearance of the neck by tightening the skin and underlying muscles and improving the contour of the jawline” according to the Smart Beauty Guide website This procedure is often performed in conjunction with other procedures such as face and cheek lifts, but it can be done as a stand-alone procedure as well.
Many of us develop “jowls” and a “turkey wattle” as we age. Others may notice folds and lines in their neck that they find unattractive. By raising and tightening the sagging tissues and loose skin, a neck lift can tighten up this area and provide a sleeker appearance and a more distinct jawline than can take years off your appearance.
But how do they do it?
If skin quality is good and it’s only fat that is being removed, sometimes liposuction is all that is needed.
If you are looking to get rid of sagging skin, surgery may be required. In a corset platysmaplasty, the surgeon will sew the platysma muscles together to create a smooth neck contour. You will have a small incision under your chin and behind each ear.
While a neck lift can provide you with a more youthful profile, your neck may feel tight for many months afterwards, and some people experience fluid accumulation or bleeding after surgery, so it’s good to be aware of the possible side effects.
The benefit to neck lift surgery is the results should be effective and long-lasting.
If you’re interested in learning more about either procedure, you can contact a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area who is experienced in performing neck lift surgery and make an office appointment to set up your consultation. For a general list of questions to ask your surgeon, to find out about plastic surgery safety, and to plan your procedure, visit the Planning Toolkit