As we age, the skin of the neck loses its elasticity and muscles of the neck weaken and result it the loose and sagging appearance of the aged neck. Additionally, excess fat as well as descent of glands and other muscles contribute to the appearance of the aged neck. A neck lift will improve the jawline, the neck angle as well as eliminate neck creases and neck bands.
A neck lift is the surgical tightening of the neck by the excision of excess skin and fat of the neck as well as elimination of neck bands.
A facelift is more comprehensive than a neck lift. Every facelift surgery will also include a neck lift; however, a facelift will also address the jawline and cheeks which are not addressed with a neck lift alone. Patients whose only concern are excess neck skin or neck bands without any issues with the jawline or cheek may be suitable candidates for a neck lift.
After a neck lift, patients typically return to work in 10 to 14 days. Full healing from a neck lift can take several weeks; however, patients can resume normal activities in a couple of weeks and can begin working out at 3 weeks.