The aging process, weight loss or genetics can all contribute to a patient’s decision to have neck surgery. A neck lift is used to tighten loose skin under the jaw and give a more defined jawline while reducing jowling.
The neck lift involves two procedures, one to remove the excess skin and the other to remove or alter the muscles. Incisions are carefully placed on the edge of the ear (tragus) and behind the ear to avoid a visible scar. Most of the pull is back behind the ear to improve the neckline without a swept back look. The neck lift is often done in conjunction with other facial procedures, including a brow lift, face lift or fat grafting in other areas.
Direct Neck Lift (Cervicoplasty)
This procedure is a less common alternative to the traditional neck lift. Instead of the tissues being lifted backward to tighten, skin and fat is removed and the neck muscles tightened. It is a simpler procedure with less recovery time, but it does leave a midline neck scar. Typically, it is a procedure chosen by older patients, especially men.
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