Necklift Surgery | Beverly Hills, Los Angeles CA
The neckline is one of the most telling signs of youth and aging. A smooth line from the angle of the jaw (below the ear) to the
chin is a subconscious signal to the brain that the person being viewed is young. As people age, there is sagging of tissues along this
line, especially in the area of the jowl and under the chin. The jowl is a mound of skin and soft tissue at the jawline directly below
the corner of the mouth. This aging process begins with subtle changes as early as in a person's 30's. As the process continues, more
fat collects under the chin and the muscle within the neck (platysma muscle) weakens and loosens. This creates fullness under the jaw.
Some people are self conscious about this area and wish to turn the clock back on their jawline. Active people who exercise alot have low
body fat but still can not get rid of this fullness under the neck.
If you only have some fat under your neck, simple liposuction can get rid of this. The downtime is short, and there is very little
postoperative care required. Dr. Zoumalan does this in a way that there are no signs of surgery. Most people who have this done get comments
such as: "You look great! Did you lose weight?" This is done commonly on people in their 30s and 40s. Both men and women can benefit in
liposuction of the neck. In fact, may athletes whose faces get skinnier with a healthier diet and exercise have trouble losing fat under the
chin. These people get a lot of improvement from simple liposuction.
For those with a sagging neck and jowls, a necklift can really help restore the jawline and neck line. A necklift (or neck lift) removes
excess fat and skin. It also tightens the neck muscle, called the platysma. The platysma is a sheet-like muscle under the skin that starts
in the lower face and goes all the way down to the clavicle (collarbone). Over time, the platysma loosens. In some people, it can create
those two vertical lines in the middle of the neck. The loosening of the platysma also creates a mound of tissue along the jaw called the jowl.
A necklift gets rid of the jowl by pulling the sagging platysma back.
While a necklift is a part of a facelift, a necklift on it own is a more limited procedure. The downtime is a less than a facelift, and it
only treats the neck and jawline. It is a great option if you don't want any changes in your face, and if you only want to get a more defined
neckline and jawline. For this technique, Dr. Zoumalan also uses a Deep Plane Surgical Technique to get over and under the platysma muscle to
free it up and pull it back. This has been shown to be the best way to get a long-lasting natural result. The excess skin is removed without
signs of surgery. The area under the chin gets treated with liposuction as well. If there are bands in the neck, Dr. Zoumalan gets rid of these
at the same time. The necklift uses smaller incisions than a facelift, and the surgical time is less.
Some people have a hard time deciding on a liposuction, a necklift, or a facelift. If you are undecided about what you want, Dr. Zoumalan
can walk you through the options. He uses a conservative approach to give you what will ultimately be a natural appearance and a fresh, vibrant,
and young look.
For more information on having necklift surgery in Beverly Hills or Los Angeles CA contact us today at 310.278.1900.
Neck lift before and after photos
The woman in the following pictures was unhappy with the thick vertical bands in her upper neck. These are muscle bands of the
platysma muscle. As we age, the platysma tends to sag and show more. You can see the two vertical lines in her neck in the top left photo.
In the photos on the right, you can see how much improvement she received after a necklift. The vertical bands are gone. Her neck line
is also significantly improved. A necklift improves the contour of the neckine in a natural way. During a necklift, extra fat in the
neck is also removed to give a more slender and youthful appearance of the neck.
What is the difference between a facelift and necklift?
A necklift improves the excess tissue underneath the chin. It also helps improve the jawline. A facelift also does all this, but it also improves the cheek area. One can think of a facelift as an extension of the necklift into the cheek area.
How long does a necklift take to perform?
A necklift alone takes 3-4 hours to perform. It is an outpatient procedure. Recovery from anesthesia takes 2 to 3 hours, and patients go home after this. We use specially selected board certified anesthesiologists from Cedars Sinai Medical Center. It is done as an outpatient procedure. You will go home as soon as you recover from anesthesia, which takes a few hours.
Are the incisions shorter in a necklift that a facelift?
Yes, the incisions used in a necklift are shorter because the area of surgery is smaller. All incisions are placed in areas which are extremely well hidden and difficult to perceive.
What can I expect after surgery?
We recommend that someone help take care of you for one day. You can ask a friend or family member to do this. They do not need to be trained in any type of medical care. Alternatively, we can coordinate nursing care for your home. Another option is staying at a local hotel which specializes in this type of care. Sutures are removed at five and seven days after surgery.
When can I get back to work?
Most patients can return to work or public life in approximately 2 weeks. Generally, it takes four to six weeks for most of the residual swelling to disappear.
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