As we age, gravity pulls the neck skin downward from the jawline. This process is accelerated if the skin has become brittle, less taut and is showing wrinkles. Sometimes a turkey wattle develops, and horizontal folds of skin are quite common.
Fortunately, a neck lift procedure is available for patients looking to reverse these telltale signs of aging. A neck lift is similar to a facelift procedure in that it removes excess skin. In some cases, fatty tissue is also removed. At the office of Dr. Thomas Funcik, MD, we recommend that interested individuals schedule an appointment for a consultation.
This way, our highly qualified medical team can assist in the decision-making process. A neck lift isn’t for everyone, but most people who have drooping skin on the upper neck are likely candidates for this cosmetic procedure.
The Neck Lift Procedure
During a general neck lift procedure, excess fatty tissue is removed and the skin is stretched tightly. Any excess skin is then removed. A turkey wattle can be corrected by removing parts of the platysma muscle. Of course, the specific details of each neck lift procedure depend on the unique condition of each patient.
Are You a Candidate?
It’s best to consult with our medical professionals and learn the different options for smoothing out the neck skin. We will want to know some medical history because this allows us to determine if this surgery is safe for you. Results will vary from one individual to another, so learning about realistic outcome expectations is a must.
Results and Follow-up
An overnight stay is not necessary after a neck lift procedure. However, sedation may be required if incisions are made to reposition or remove tissue. Sedated clients will need to have someone accompany them to the clinic.
A follow-up visit is scheduled a week or so after the treatment. This allows us to see the results and determine whether additional treatment – such as skin resurfacing – is required or recommended.
Find Out If You Can Benefit
A neck lift is actually a pretty simple procedure. To find out if you are an ideal candidate, request a consultation at the office of Dr. Thomas Funcik, MD in Mount Pleasant. We’ll be honest about what you can expect, and we’ll tell you exactly what the procedure involves. Our double board-certified facial plastic surgeon can be your guide as you determine if a neck lift is right for you. Contact us today to schedule your appointment to learn more.