For many people, there is nothing more frustrating than looking at a photo of themselves and feeling disappointed in what they see. When it comes to wrinkles, loose skin, or excess fat in the area around the chin and neck, however, it can sometimes be much more disheartening.
This area is often one of the most noticeable on a person, especially when wearing certain clothing, like lower cut shirts, activewear, or bathing suits. It can be hard to correct this without aesthetic assistance! While there are non-surgical options that might be a suitable recourse for some patients, it might not be appropriate for patients who have significant loose skin or wrinkles around the neck, chin, or decollate. Everyone wants to look their best, but as the aging process begins to take its toll and a person develops loose neck tissue or a double chin, they might begin to feel insecure and unattractive.
Other aspects of life, such as significant weight fluctuations, can also cause changes to occur in areas you might never have considered. Many who have experienced a pregnancy or experience a dramatic change in weight might see telltale signs of it in the neck and chin area, as well. Some individuals might find that they have accumulated extra fat in the area, causing a double chin or folds to develop. Others may have lost weight but still see loose skin hanging from their chin or neck, causing wrinkles and drooping.
In any case, a neck lift can help to address these issues and deliver more youthful results. What people don't realize is that a neck lift is a cosmetic surgery designed to tighten the muscles and excess skin, or sagging skin, around the neck.
Neck Lift is one of the most commonly requested surgical rejuvenation procedures in southern California. As one of the top facial plastic surgeons in Orange County, Dr. Kevin Sadati is able to reduce these telltale signs of aging and restore the natural curves and contours of one’s neck and jawline. Visit the Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery to schedule a private consultation.
A neck lift will address several issues including the removal of excess fat, the trimming of hanging skin, and the tightening of the loose underlying neck muscles called Platysma Muscle. This procedure is performed in our outpatient AAAHC certified surgical facility. There is no need for general anesthesia instead of IV twilight sedation similar to colonoscopy anesthesia is used.
Then the entire neck is numbed using Lidocaine so there is no pain after the surgery. After the neck is numbed, a small incision is made under the chin, and in some cases, additional incisions are made behind the ears. If fat removal is necessary, liposuction will be the first step. Next, the two vertical neck bands in the midline (platysma muscle edges) are tightened together. The overlying skin is pulled behind the ear and re-draped, excess skin is trimmed. The incisions are closed with very fine dissolvable sutures. To reduce bruising a tiny drain is inserted behind the ears which will be removed the next day.
Dr. Sadati stopped doing all his face and neck lift surgeries in hospitals or hospital-affiliated surgicenters over 10 years ago and instead began doing all of his elective cosmetic surgical procedures in his outpatient surgical facility certified by AAAHC, where we can offer better anesthesia options, such as local anesthesia and twilight sedation. His primary goal is to provide patients with an expertly skilled approach while maintaining the highest regard for their comfort throughout the process.
The neck lift is an outpatient procedure, so no one is hospitalized overnight. Out-of-town patients are asked to stay in nearby hotels since Dr. Sadati sees his patients the following morning.
If you need to make any unique arrangements or plan ahead to have someone help you get to and from your appointments, we recommend solidifying that in advance. The first night after the neck lift procedure, most patients sleep comfortably and take extra-strength Tylenol for any discomfort. The following morning the head wrap is removed and a light facial garment is applied to reduce swelling. During the first three days of your recovery, you are able to move about the house, but you will be limited in what you will be able to do.
This includes eating, going to the bathroom, watching TV, or reading a book. We ask that you do nothing, aside from the basic necessities, during these three days. Sutures are removed in seven days. We tell our patients to expect about 7-10 days of recovery prior to any social engagements, being seen in the public eye, or going back to work. Four weeks of recovery time is required for strenuous activities like weight lifting, golfing, and tennis.
For men and women, the appearance and structure of their neck are generally visibly different. Men, most notably, have an Adams apple and tend to have a thicker, wider, or more muscular neck structure. Because of this, it can change the approach your surgeon takes to perform a neck lift on male patients as compared to female patients.
Men may desire a different contour than women, so it is important that you find a physician that is dedicated to delivering the best possible result. Dr. Sadati understands that every procedure must be carefully tailored to suit every patients needs individually. What helps to set Dr. Sadati apart from other plastic surgeons in Orange County or Newport Beach is his scar method. If a patient is looking for a platysmaplasty, or contouring of the neck, Dr. Sadati will carefully place his incisions in such a way that does not leave visible scars. He also uses a different vector for a male face and neck lift, the scar will not be behind the tragus so, if you choose to grow a beard, it does not end up sitting higher than it should.
If you have undergone a massive weight transformation, either from a gastric bypass procedure, genetics, illness, pregnancy, or traditional weight loss methods, you might experience some laxity in the neck area that does not match your age.
As we gain weight, the skin tends to stretch to accommodate the new tissue. When the weight is lost, especially rapidly or all at once, the skin often does not have the elasticity left to bounce back and tighten to fit your new body shape. This can lead to the skin becoming so loose that it appears to hang.
In the area around the chin and neck, this can mean patients develop jowls, or the dreaded “turkey neck” appearance. It can also mean the skin on your neck can wrinkle excessively and cause a bunched look and feel. A neck lift can be an excellent way to help address this issue, and can often be combined with other body lift procedures so you can see an improvement anywhere that your skin may have been affected after a weight loss journey!
A neck lift is considered an outpatient procedure. Unlike other surgeons, Dr. Sadati’s innovative technique doesn’t require general anesthesia.
The neck lift is performed under local anesthesia with twilight sedation to ensure the patient’s comfort and safety, therefore eliminating the risks associated with general anesthesia, such as nausea and vomiting, blood clotting in the legs, or post-operative pain. Dr. Sadati blocks all the nerves so there is no pain during the surgery and minimal discomfort during recovery. During the procedure, Dr. Sadati applies gradual muscle tightening to the neck tissue (platysmaplasty), and removes loose and sagging skin, resulting in a smooth and rejuvenated appearance with long lasting results.
The neck lift surgery typically takes 2 hours to perform. After the procedure, there will be minimal discomfort, as well as minimal bruising and swelling. You may feel tightness and a pulling sensation as the neck adjusts to its new position but these symptoms are normal and will subside with time.
You should expect to be off work for about 7 days to heal and rest. It can take a couple of months for the numbness and tightness to subside and for the neck to feel natural. After their neck lift, patients report being told that they look refreshed and more youthful. Many of our female patients say that they have returned to wearing necklaces because they are no longer self-conscious about the sagging skin on their necks. Many men report that their necks are as firm as when they were in their 30’s.
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The best treatment for an aging neck is neck lift surgery to remove excess or sagging skin, excess fat, and to tighten the muscle. However, not everyone is a surgical candidate for a neck lift, whether due to health issues or perhaps the neck has not aged enough to justify surgical intervention. For those individuals, there are nonsurgical options available.
Dr. Sadati can examine you to determine if surgery or nonsurgical options such as Kybella™ injections to reduce the fatty tissue, or Vivace, microneedling with radiofrequency to tighten the neck tissue would be better to provide you with the best neck rejuvenation.
Vivace, the new, FDA-approved microneedling system, is a revolutionary nonsurgical way to contour and tighten the face and neck tissue. By using radio frequency that heats the area underneath the skin and producing microscopic “wounds,” Vivace encourages the body to create new collagen, a naturally occurring skin tightening substance.
Vivace Microneedling combines radiofrequency energy through microneedles and delivers rejuvenation into the skin through each needle. This procedure tightens the skin while stimulating new collagen growth. Vivace is usually recommended as a series of 3 or 6 treatments to provide optimal results.
Vivace Microneedling requires very little downtime and can be performed with a topical anesthetic in under an hour at Dr. Kevin Sadati’s office. It is minimally invasive and virtually painless.
There is an infinite amount of information about neck lift surgery accessible online, some beneficial, some confusing. Many patients learn about treatment options and narrow their search for a facial plastic surgeon on review sites such as Realself and Yelp. Then they make one, two, or more consultation appointments, and on the basis of these consultations determine who will be their neck lift surgeon.
Some patients already have a particular plastic surgeon in mind, based on the recommendation of satisfied patients or the surgeon's reputation online. Nonetheless, you should consider the following criteria after your consultation to see if the surgeon is qualified to perform your neck lift surgery.
Dr. Sadati has been voted by his patients: “ The Best Cosmetic Surgeon” in OC register 3 years in a row, “ Top Plastic Surgeon in Orange County” in Locale magazine, and received “ Best Overall Facial Rejuvenation” award at the national Aesthetic Show by his peers. He also appeared in “The Doctors” show on NBC.
For more information on facial rejuvenation and to see if you are a good candidate for a surgical neck lift, contact Dr. Sadati's office today to set up a consultation. You can go over your goals with Dr. Sadati and decide what the next step should be to becoming a better you. For out of state and international patients, we require patients to send us their facial photos for evaluation and recommendations prior to flying to Orange County, California for your one on one consultation.
You are a neck lift candidate if you are willing to travel to our Orange County office and believe that you look older than you feel. The ideal candidate for a neck lift will have excessive neck skin elasticity, and be in good mental and physical health. You may not be suitable for this procedure if you suffer from certain medical conditions. If you do smoke, you'll be asked to stop for at least three weeks before and after the procedure, as smoking can delay the healing process.
You may be a good candidate for a neck lift if you've lost weight and notice excess skin on your neck, jowls. Patients who have recently undergone a weight loss procedure or fluctuated in weight due to pregnancy or genetics might also be good candidates. Weight changes can cause stubborn fat to accumulate and the skin to stretch. If the weight is lost, the skin can often appear loose or droop away from the bone. For other patients, the weight may be lost in other places, but remain in the neck, jowls, or under the chin.
Patients who are genetically predisposed to a double chin may opt to have a neck lift in their 30's. Most of our patients start considering lower face and neck lifts in their 40's and 50's. Whatever your age or circumstance, excess skin on your face and neck can be unsightly and make you look older.
Once patients notice the signs of aging, many recognize that they've neglected their own needs. This can cause distress and confidence issues. Choosing a neck lift is a way to invest in yourself and improve your self-image. It can help you achieve a more youthful appearance while improving your facial contour. It can truly improve others' first impressions of you and, more importantly, help you feel more confident! Many patients state that this procedure was the best investment that they made for themselves.
Unlike many surgeons, Dr. Sadati takes time to get to know his patients. You will have an extensive consultation. During your consultation, you'll discuss your goals for your neck lift as well as your medical history (including previous facial surgeries). Dr. Sadati will look at your facial anatomy and at the quality of your skin. Our procedure welcomes patients from Orange County, Newport Beach, and the surrounding communities in southern California.
Dr. Sadati believes in patient education. He will advise you honestly about whether a neck lift will meet your aesthetic goals. He may tell you that another procedure (or combination of procedures) would best meet your needs. He will discuss the procedure(s) with you in detail and answer all of your questions.
You will leave the consultation knowing that Dr. Sadati cares about you and wants the best results possible from your neck lift. As an artist and surgeon, he will customize the best plan for you to obtain natural and long-lasting results with minimal discomfort and complications.
The best way to determine if you're a good candidate for a neck lift is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sadati in our Orange County office.
Some patients will have issues with their neck, but these problems may actually be the result of a "weak chin." Without the proper support of the chin bone, the neck isn't able to have a defined contour.
A chin implant (genioplasty or mentoplasty) may be recommended to reshape the chin and make it wider or more prominent. This can have a great impact on the neck for many patients. This surgery is performed using local anesthesia and twilight sedation without the need for general anesthesia. Chin augmentation requires the skill of an experienced facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Sadati. A neck lift may still be needed once the chin has been corrected.
The cost of a neck lift will vary based on each patient’s unique needs, and whether it is combined with another like surgery, such as a facelift.
A neck lift is considered a permanent surgery and it can help to delay further signs of aging from forming, but patients may start to see changes in their neck after 5 to 10 years depending on the natural elasticity of their skin.
For patients who don’t need a fully blown lift, a mini neck lift can help to target small amounts of saggy skin and redefine your contour without more invasive techniques.
When a patient should get plastic surgery varies greatly on them, but we commonly see men and women between 40 and 60 achieving excellent results from a neck lift.
While the results of a neck lift are permanent, they will not stop the natural aging process.
There are many options for treating loose skin, some of which may not require cosmetic surgery. Minimally-invasive skin tightening treatments might be a good option for some, however, if a patient needs excessive correction, a neck lift may be their best choice.
The best neck tightening procedure for you will depend on your age, current skin laxity and facial contour, and aesthetic goals. We offer different surgical and non-surgical techniques to help achieve a slimmer, tighter contour.
A ponytail lift, depending on the type of approach you actually get, will last for a few months to a few years. It is important to remember that, to achieve a significant improvement in loose skin and fat in the mid and lower face, a surgical incision will be necessary.
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