Neck Lift

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Neck Lift

Complete Your Look with a Lower Lift 

The lower portions of your face often begin to show the signs of aging in the most dramatic fashion. A Facelift frames your rejuvenated face by raising loose skin and tightening it around your eyes and cheeks. But gravity pulls persistently downward. Many of our facelift patients often become interested in a taut look below the chin. In these instances, Daniel Brown, MD, offers you a chance to define your profile with a neck lift (platysmaplasty). 

Dr. Daniel Brown is one of San Diego’s best plastic surgeons. His scholarly publications assert his surgical expertise. Dr. Brown’s personality profile is warm and inviting. Applying his intimate knowledge of human anatomy, he artistically creates natural and remarkable results.

Contact us and one of our attentive staff will set an ideal date for your private consultation. You can call 619.461.1500 or set up a Virtual Consultation, if you prefer. 

About Platysmaplasty

A neck lift (platysmaplasty) is a procedure that restores the skin and soft tissues of the neck to a more youthful position, producing a refreshed, rejuvenated appearance. A neck lift smooths the skin of the neck without ever over-tightening. Dr. Brown will correct neck bands and restore the angular relationship of your jaw to your neck. 

Do you seek a younger, fresher appearance? Many men and women choose a neck lift to get a tauter shape around the neck. All of our neck lift patients enjoy its long-lasting, youthful effects. Some choose additional procedures, such as a facelift, Brow Lift or an Eyelid Rejuvenation for all-inclusive enhancement. 

Dr. Brown most typically performs the neck lift in combination with a facelift. Platysmaplasty will help correct the excess skin of the anterior neck. The procedure corrects jowls and other problems from the chin to the collar bone.

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Before & After Photos

Benefits

Dr. Brown can discreetly reduce the loose skin at your jawline. Also known as “turkey neck,” the unfortunate “gobbler” that dangles from your chin can be the embarrassingly apparent evidence of age.   

Unfortunately, exercise will only have limited success. You may achieve some gains with a neck-strengthening routine. However, lax skin cannot be corrected with exercise alone. As time goes on, even collagen enhancing therapies have their limitations.  Facial rejuvenation surgeries like the neck lift are the surest way to excise excess skin. 

Qualified Candidates

Many of our patients consider facial rejuvenation in their 40s, 50s and 60s, but older individuals have had successful neck lifts, as well. The best candidates for the surgery are men and women whose necks have begun to sag, but whose skin still has some elasticity.

neck lift candidates

Aging skin gradually becomes laxer. As production of collagen and elastin plummet with the advancing years, so too does skin at the neck and elsewhere. If you have not maintained a healthy weight, or if you have undergone dramatic weight loss, the skin at your neck is strained even further. 

A distended platysma muscle is the structural defect behind “turkey neck.”. The platysma lends platysmaplasty (neck lift) its name. The struts of the muscle are anchored to your chin and collar bone. It cradles all the sensitive tissues and organs of your throat in place. Like all our muscles, its strength declines with maturity.[1] 

Lifestyle decisions may also play a role. Smoking and severe sun exposure are contributing factors to skin laxity.    

Dr. Brown will usually team the benefits of neck lift with a facelift (rhytidectomy) for comprehensive facial rejuvenation

Your Private Consultation with Dr. Daniel Brown

Privacy is one of the pillars of Dr. Draniel Brown’s medical philosophy. He is one of San Diego’s best, as his copious collection of awards and recognitions shall attest. Dr. Brown’s personality profile is warm and inviting. He is an effective listener and a trusted advisor who provides direct recommendations with a clear and caring communication style. All of this contributes to the overall atmosphere of his practice that will comfort you in the certainty that you have made the right decision. 

Contact us and one of our professional and attentive staff will set the perfect date for your private consultation. You can call 619.461.1500 or set up a Virtual Consultation, if you prefer. 

Procedure

One of the most common neck lift techniques requires an incision that begins in front of the ear lobe, wraps behind the ear and concludes at the lower scalp. This method corrects sagging jowls, loose skin and fat accumulation.

Dr. Brown will decide which method is best based on his methodical observations. Sometimes, liposuction may also be involved.

Dr. Brown will discuss the nuances of your neck lift and make sure you are informed at every step. 

Recovery

Neck lift is a safe procedure. Please follow Dr. Brown’s post-op aftercare instructions with fidelity. Discomfort should be minimal and your recovery should go quickly. Neck lift is an excisional surgery. Unwanted skin, fat and muscle are removed to tighten your profile and lift your jawline. You will most likely undergo general anesthesia while the doctor works. Ensconced in the void of deep slumber, you will not feel a thing until you awaken. 

Though the operation is brief and relatively simple, incisions need their proper time to heal.

You will feel tightness in the neck region when the anesthesia wears off. That’s because your skin is adjusting to your angular new contours. Prescription medication will manage any pain during the first two recuperative days. After a week or less, over-the-counter ibuprofen is all the pain management you will need.  

Results

Expect to enjoy the boons of your platysmaplasty for a decade or more. A neck lift will dramatically turn back the clock on your aging process. You will be amazed by your results. The procedure can not, however, stop the inevitable march of time. The aging process will continue unperturbedly into the future.    

Complementary Procedures

Dr. Brown will frequently perform the Facelift and neck lift procedures together. Some patients also opt for a Brow Lift to brighten the expressiveness of their eyes.[2] Brow lift patients often contemplate Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) so that their bright eyes aren’t veiled in loose, sleepy-looking skin. 

Your comprehensive Facial Rejuvenation plan will lift your whole aspect upward so that your face may beam with youth once more.  

If you are not quite ready for surgery, we invite you to consider our minimally-invasive facial rejuvenation alternatives. Face Tite and Thread Lifts are brief procedures that accomplish an outcome approaching our facelift’s remarkable results, but on a temporary basis. They also come at a lower cost with shorter recovery. 

What Does a Neck Lift Cost in San Diego? 

Dr. Brown will get your complete background at your private consultation. Because aesthetic procedures are custom to the individual, the doctor must first conduct a physical examination. During your intake interview, you will be able to communicate your vision to Dr. Brown. Together, the two of you shall devise an aesthetic strategy that is tailored to you. At the conclusion of your consultation, Dr. Brown will quote you an accurate cost estimate.    

Contact us to set a date for your private consultation. You can call 619.461.1500 with any questions or set up a Virtual Consultation, if you prefer. 

Define Your Profile 

There’s something you can do about the dreaded “turkey neck.” Our facelift is a wondrous rejuvenation procedure to eliminate lax skin that increasingly pools under the chin as we age. But, with platysmaplasty, you can achieve a sleek profile and chiseled appearance that will return your looks to a younger version of yourself that you thought you’d lost long ago.

Define your look with a lower lift—consider complete facial rejuvenation by Daniel Brown, MD. 

FAQ

How long does facial rejuvenation last?

A neck lift will last ten years or more. You can expect to enjoy long-lasting facial rejuvenation from a variety of surgical procedures, but none of them will completely stop the aging process. Weight fluctuations and the years themselves sap the skin of elasticity. There are a variety of non-surgical, medical spa treatments that can temporarily add supple volume to lax skin. The volumizing effects of injectable fillers, like Juvéderm, need to be annually refreshed.

What is the best age for a neck lift?

Ideal candidates for a facelift range between 40 and 60, though it is more about the quality of the patient’s skin than their age, per se. Many post-bariatric patients and women who have been pregnant will also get a facelift.  Your plastic surgeon shall determine your candidacy for the rhytidectomy procedure by weighing its benefit against the other compensatory factors. Facelift candidates have wrinkles beneath the eyes and deep nasolabial folds. Tissue pools at their jawline, softening the contours of their profile. Facelift patients often exhibit jowls at the neck and chin.

What is the best facial rejuvenation treatment?

The gold standard for facial rejuvenation is the tried and true facelift (and its complementary procedures). A facelift will effectively treat the signs of aging and address sagging skin in post-bariatric patients. But some people are not ready for surgery. Non-invasive medical spa techniques offer a non-surgical alternative. Botox and other neuromodulators are injectable treatments that limit muscle movement in the face. Botox erases fine lines and can prevent future wrinkles. Injectable fillers, like Juvéderm, plump the skin and fill in sunken areas where wrinkles can develop. Chemical peels and many laser therapies remove the top layers of dead and aging skin cells. This stimulates healing, rejuvenating processes in the layers beneath. 

References 

  1. Grover, N., & D’Souza, A. (2013). Facelift Approach for Parotidectomy. Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, 148(4), 548-556. doi:10.1177/0194599812475221
  2. Moody, B. R., & Weber, P. J. (2005). Blepharoplasty and Brow Lift. Surgery of the Skin, 673-689. doi:10.1016/b978-0-323-02752-6.50047-x