Am I a Good Candidate for a Neck Lift?
The aging process affects the entire body. One of the most prominent areas many notice during the aging process is the neck. Around age 40, the neck begins to sag with the skin below the chin and jaw becoming loose. In some cases, the platysma muscle, a broad muscle that comes up from the chest and shoulders and reaches over the collarbone before moving up along both sides of the neck, can form bands or cords known as “turkey neck.” These changes cause an individual’s appearance to look less youthful. Along with aging, excessive hereditary fat deposits can also collect beneath the chin, causing a double or even triple chin. The pull of gravity as well as the wind and sun can also affect the look of your neck.
If you are concerned that your neck is detracting from your appearance, you may wonder if you are a good candidate for a neck lift. There are several key factors that are involved in approving a patient for a neck lift procedure, including:
Appearance - For many, the first signs of aging are around the neck. If you have jowls, multiple chins or even “turkey neck,” you can benefit from a neck lift procedure.
Age – Neck lifts are typically performed on individuals who are older and seeking a more youthful appearance. However, if you are young but suffer from hereditary fat deposits or have experienced drastic weight loss, you could also benefit from a neck lift procedure.
Health – The most important factor in determining a patient’s candidacy for any procedure is health. If you are in good health, you will likely be a good candidate for a neck lift. If you are a smoker, you should quit before undergoing surgery. Not smoking post-surgery will also offer a better recovery and overall health.
Realistic Expectations – It is important to note that when undergoing any cosmetic surgery you should have realistic expectations. A neck lift does not automatically guarantee a better outlook towards your appearance. However, it will create a more youthful and desirable neck. Keep an open mind and discuss any reservations or questions you may have with your doctor.
When you are considering a neck lift, speak with your surgeon about your medical history. It is important to be honest and provide a complete history. While appearance is important, your life is more important. Some drugs and medical conditions could interfere with the procedure or recovery time. If you do not qualify for a neck lift procedure, your doctor may discuss other safer options.
Dr. Sadati’s Neck Lift Procedure
Dr. Sadati has extensive experience performing neck lift procedures for patients who want a more youthful appearance. Neck lift procedures are typically performed on patients age 40 and up, and can be a viable option for both men and women. Using local anesthesia and oral sedation, Dr. Sadati’s neck lift procedures are out-patient and offer a quick recovery time.