The neck is particularly prone to showing visible signs of aging. These can include sagging skin and excessive neck fat. Even with a youthful face, this one feature can make a person look much older than they are. However, there is no need to live with a prematurely aged neck. Dr. Joseph Russell offers a variety of cosmetic procedures designed to rejuvenate the neck for patients in the Charleston area.
What Is a Neck Lifting Surgery?
A neck lift, also called a rhytidectomy, is simply a surgery to lift the skin and tissues in the neck, reducing wrinkles, sagging, and other unsightly signs of aging. In addition, a neck lift can remove excess fat from the area. Many people have found that this surgery takes years and even decades off their visual age.
This procedure does not just make a person look younger. It gives a crisper and more attractive appearance by allowing the jawline to have more definition. It eliminates unattractive issues with the neck such as “turkey wattle.” It can correct the banding of skin and muscles that cause a wrinkled or draped appearance. Last, fat can be smoothed out and the underlying muscles gently tightened to give a smooth, attractive line.
This procedure is safe and effective. Most people can see results almost immediately and find that they are back to normal activity within a few weeks.
How Is a Neck Lift Performed?
Every cosmetic surgery is unique, depending on the needs of the patient and their underlying physiology. This procedure can be performed either local anesthesia (numbing just the area) or general anesthesia (when you go to sleep for the surgery), depending on the extent of the surgery and the patient’s preference.
Incisions are made carefully so they will be less visible or hidden entirely, often behind the ears or under the chin. Dr. Russell tightens muscles that are loose or sagging. If needed, he will then remove or re-sculpt fat to create a natural, smooth appearance. Excess skin will then be cut away and reattached, leaving smooth unwrinkled skin covering a newly reshaped neck.
In most cases, the area is bandaged to reduce swelling and bruising while giving it additional support. Most people do not have to stay in the hospital overnight and find that their recovery is uncomplicated. Your doctor will talk to you about what you can expect from your own surgery and recovery.
Who Is a Good Candidate for a Necklift
Healthy non-smokers who seek a rejuvenated neck appearance are the best candidate for this surgery. If you use tobacco, it is best to stop at least two weeks before your procedure. In addition, it is important to tell your surgeon about your complete medical history. This is especially true if you have a bleeding disorder.
Although most people who seek this kind of procedure are older, younger people also may choose to have their neck reshaped due to extra skin, muscle banding, or excessive fat. This is a routine procedure that only rarely has complications when performed by an experienced facial plastic surgeon.
Necklifting Surgery Consultation
The best way to decide if this procedure is right for you is to schedule a consultation with a skilled and board-certified facial plastic surgeon. If you are in the Charleston area, Dr. Russell offers the knowledge and experience that you need to make an educated decision. Dr. Russell is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon who grew up in the Charleston area and returned after medical training. He graduated first in his class from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. After a five-year residency in head and neck surgery, he was selected for a fellowship in New York City studying facial plastic surgery with one of the foremost surgeons in the field.
Is it time for you to make the first step toward a cosmetic procedure such as a necklift? If you are ready to find out whether this procedure could restore your appearance and confidence, or to book your consultation today, contact Dr. Russell’s office today by calling (843) 576-3302 or by completing an online consultation form.