Whether you call it sagging jowls, a double chin, or the proverbial “turkey wattle,” many men and women are troubled by signs of facial aging around the lower face and neck. Because this area is subjected to almost constant stretching and pulling, it is hardly surprising that it is usually one of the first locations where deep folds and wrinkles become evident. Fortunately, these issues can be readily addressed with a popular plastic surgery procedure known as a neck lift, or lower rhytidectomy. Here are some important facts you may find interesting if you are considering this highly effective facial plastic surgery procedure.
Underneath the skin of the neck lies the platysma muscle, which extends on each side from the upper part of the shoulder to the corner of the mouth. As we age the sides of this muscle can gradually become separated, creating several pronounced vertical “platysmal bands” that give the neck a characteristic “turkey wattle” appearance. At the same time, a slow loss of elasticity and firmness allows the skin to sag downward, forming low-hanging jowls under the jaw line or a “double chin.” A neck lift works by tightening and repositioning the underlying muscle while it trims away excess, sagging tissue and skin. Liposuction can also be performed to remove accumulated fat deposits from beneath the chin and give the entire a face a more sleek and contoured appearance.
After undergoing a neck lift procedure, it is important to be patient, as it may take several weeks or even months for the swelling to fully subside and for your final results to show. During this time, be particularly careful to protect yourself from the sun, as harmful ultraviolet radiation can worsen the appearance of healing surgical incisions. As with any plastic surgery procedure, during your recovery time it is vital that you carefully follow all post-operative instructions regarding how to care for the surgical site and drains, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing, and when to follow up with your plastic surgeon. Diligent follow-up care allows your doctor to catch potential difficulties before they can become serious and helps to ensure that you achieve the best possible neck lift results.
If you are interested in learning more about neck lifts, or about any of the non-surgical facial rejuvenation or cosmetic plastic surgery procedures I perform, please contact me, Dr. Fernando Burstein, so that we can schedule a full consultation. Don’t forget to connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest facial plastic surgery news.