Direct Neck Lift
Direct neck lift surgery is primarily designed to enhance and tighten the neck, eliminating excess tissue, fat or “banding” that often forms as we age. Sometimes, the appearance of a chubby neck, double chin or “wobbly” neck with a poor angle can be the result of three things: a lax platysma muscle, excess fat and the presence of a large fold of excess skin (sometimes called a “turkey wattle”).
Direct Neck Lift
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About the Procedure
A direct neck lift is essentially the combination of a cervicoplasty, which removes excess skin, with a platysmaplasty, which tightens the underlying muscles in the neck. A facelift will help tighten the lower half of the face but a neck lift will further define the facial contour and profile by creating an aesthetically pleasing angle from the chin to the chest. During a direct neck lift, an incision will be placed underneath the chin where the resulting scar can be easily hidden. The skin of the neck will then be elevated to expose the underlying fat. The fat will either be removed by direct excision or with liposuction. Once the fat has been removed the underlying platysma muscles will be tightened and bound with sutures, creating structural support and the new neck angle. Any excess skin will then be removed, cutting away the appearance of a double chin or turkey wattle. The incision will then be closed with sutures. A compression garment must then be worn for several weeks after the surgery to assist in healing.
The goal of a direct neck lift is to reduce or remove excess skin underneath the chin area and tighten the platysma muscles.
What to Expect
Direct neck lift surgery is primarily designed to enhance and tighten the neck, eliminating excess tissue, fat, or “banding” that often forms during the natural aging process. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a direct neck lift.
- Stop taking blood thinning medications 2 weeks before
- Stop topical medications such as Retin-A or other tretinoin products
- Stop smoking 4 weeks before and after
- No alcohol 5 days prior
- Do not eat or drink 6 hours before
- Local anesthesia with sedation
- Small incision underneath the chin
- Excess fat removed via excision or liposuction
- Platysma muscles are tightened
- Excess skin is removed
- Sutures to close
Swelling, bruising, and soreness are to be expected. Incisions are cleaned 4-6 times daily by cleansing the incision lines with hydrogen peroxide and applying bacitracin ointment. Sutures are removed at 1 week. Avoid turning the head or stretching the neck for 2 weeks. When turning, move the shoulders and head as one unit. Sleep in an inclined position with the head elevated for 2-4 weeks to reduce swelling.
The ideal candidate for a direct neck lift has excess skin underneath the chin and neck and does not mind a scar underneath the chin.
Not Recommended For
A direct neck lift is not recommended for patients who have severe jowl or cheek sagging who would better benefit from a facelift procedure.
Side effects from a direct neck lift include swelling, bruising, discomfort, changes in sensation and scarring.