Aging, heredity, stress, and gravity can all take a toll on the face, leaving sagging, excess neck skin that causes the appearance of a “turkey wattle” or “double chin.” When someone loses their youthful contours under the chin, they often feel old and look worn out, especially when the lower face does not match the upper face. A neck lift is performed to correct excess fat and skin under the chin and in the neck area.
A Neck Lift Can Correct:
- Excess fat and skin along the jawline that creates jowls
- Excess fatty deposits under the chin
- Loose, hanging neck skin
- Muscle banding in the neck
Someone who would like to get rid of a “turkey wattle,” “double chin,” or jowls may be a good candidate for neck lift surgery. Dr. Whitaker will evaluate your neck and chin area and help you decide whether neck lift surgery is a good solution for achieving your goals. In cases where there is a significant amount of facial sagging, a facelift may be more appropriate.
A neck lift can help a person achieve a more youthful and natural-looking neck contour. Performed under mild sedatives and local anesthesia, neck lift surgery uses incisions camouflaged behind the ear and under the chin. Fat is sculpted and removed from the jowls and neck. The tissues are repositioned, and the skin is draped over the uplifted contours. Dr. Whitaker trims the excess skin, and sutures are used to close the incisions.
Recovery and Results
A bandage is placed around the face and neck to minimize swelling and bruising, which will subside a few weeks after surgery.
Patients will notice a significant improvement in the contours of the neck and chin; however, results will continue to evolve as swelling subsides over a few weeks to a month. Patients can expect to achieve a more youthful and rested appearance that complements the rest of the face.
To learn more about neck lift surgery, schedule your consultation with Dr. Whitaker by calling (678) 888-3223 or by filling out our online contact form.