What can I expect during neck lift and neck liposuction?
The procedures performed depend on your concerns and goals and include some or all of the following. A facelift is frequently performed with a neck lift to optimize esthetic results. Neck Banding:
- The muscle bands that become prominent along the neck can be tightened with a cervicoplasty, also known as a platysmaplasty. Through small incisions under the chin and/or behind the ears, loose neck muscles are accessed and tightened by precisely place sutures. With good skin tone the neck will assume a firmer, rejuvenated look as the skin tightens around the now repositioned muscles.
- If banding alone, and not sagging, loose skin, is the major problem, neuromodulators such as Botox, Xeomin or Dysport can be injected into the offending muscle bands to decrease banding when the muscle is tensed. This effect lasts two to four months requiring re-injection for maintenance. With repeated treatment the muscle will require less frequent injections.
Double Chin and Excess Fat: Excess neck fat can be sculpted by lipocontouring to precisely remove fat collections from areas of undesirable accumulation. In his Seattle/Bellevue practice, Dr. Zemplenyi uses the small, delicate laser liposuction probe, SmartLipo, to remove fat, redefine the jaw line, firm skin and elevate jowls. Excess loose neck skin (turkey gobbler”): If the skin has lost some of its elasticity, a facelift may produce more rejuvenation. The drooping tissues can be trimmed, lifted and tailored to create a rejuvenated contour. Incisions are placed under the chin, in back and/or in front of the ear.