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As we age we all begin to see changes in our neckline. We’ve all heard the statement nothing gives away your age more than your neck. There are many treatments we can do for our faces to keep them looking young, such as skin creams, laser treatments, Botox and fillers. But the neck is an area often overlooked or unaffected by these treatment options. There are multiple causes of and treatments for an aged appearance to the neck. For some it is extra fat deposits under the jawline while for others it is a relaxation and visible sagging of the skin. The collagen and elastin in the skin gets broken down as we age at a much faster rate than it is deposited. In addition, weight fluctuations and weight loss later in life are more evident on the neck, as the skin loses its ability to snap back to its youthful contour.
What causes the neck to age?
Aging of the neck is a result primarily of three factors:
- Fat deposition under the jawline
- Skin relaxation and neck sagging due to loss of elastin and collagen
- Muscle relaxation of the platysma muscle
What is involved in the necklift procedure?
Treatment of the neck is actually a combination of multiple treatments. These procedures can be done individually or together depending on each individual patient’s needs. To remove the fat deposits, liposuction can be performed; for larger amounts of fat, or fat below the muscles, a small incision can be made to directly remove the fat.
To tighten the neck skin Dr. Hessler uses small incisions around the ear to tighten the deeper support structures of the neck and remove any skin redundancy. This can also be combined with a platysmaplasty. A platysmaplasty involves making a small incision under the chin to tighten weakened and loose muscles. These procedures will create a strongly supported and youthful neckline.
What type of anesthesia is used for a necklift?
As with all facial plastic surgery procedures, Dr. Hessler will work with you and assess your comfort level during your procedure. Some patients prefer to be completely asleep while many others prefer a lighter sedation. A necklift can be performed safely and comfortably at varying levels of anesthesia, from twilight anesthesia to full general anesthesia. Dr. Hessler performs the neck lift procedure at our Palo Alto plastic surgery center. She also performs her plastic surgery procedures at Stanford University Hospital and Waverly Surgical Center.
Can a necklift be combined with other plastic surgery procedures?
Yes. A necklift can be performed alone or can often be combined with other cosmetic surgery procedures, including:
- Eyelid lift or blepharoplasty
- Browlift or forehead lift
- Midface lift
- Fat transfer or stem cell facial contouring
Learn More About Necklift
If you would like more information about necklift, schedule a surgical consultation with Dr. Jill Hessler at her plastic surgery Palo Alto / San Jose practice. Call (650) 799-9009 for an appointment.