Neck Lift – Dr Peter Laniewski
Neck Lift – Dr Peter Laniewski
A neck lift is perhaps the most compelling cosmetic surgery procedure that will truly make the right candidate look and feel ten years younger! A neck lift may be performed on its own, however, it is usually performed in conjunction with a facelift, creating a more uniform and younger-looking face overall. A brow lift and upper or lower blepharoplasty may also be required to rejuvenate the entire face.
One of the first places that you can see the signs of ageing is on the neck. It is common for the skin to become loose as it loses its natural elasticity and muscles weaken. Indeed, this leads to the wrinkles and lines that people associate with older age. In addition, if you have lost a lot of weight, this can often make the skin on the neck loose, which can be mistaken for older age too.
The purpose of a neck lift is to address sagging skin and wrinkles that have formed on the neck to improve the appearance of the skin and encourage a more youthful look. Surgery will tighten the muscles and skin, diminishing vertical bands and loose skin permanently.
Dr Laniewski recommends that the skin is prepared six weeks prior to surgery with the topical use of vitamin A and glycolic acid for the best results.
A neck lift involves tightening the platysma muscles as well as re-draping or removing excess skin of the neck. In patients who carry a lot of weight in this area, some liposuction may be recommended. It is extremely important not to remove too much fat with liposuction as this can make the platysma muscles and submandibular (salivary) gland more prominent, creating a gaunt look. Younger patients who only have excess fat in the neck area may only require liposuction with or without chin augmentation (genioplasty).
In an isolated neck lift, Dr Laniewski will make an incision in the submental area (underneath the chin) to access the platysma muscles. This incision is not always required in patients who will also undergo a facelift. Depending on the anatomy of the individual, the platysma muscles will be tightened with sutures and the skin re-draped to create a tighter, more defined jawline and a more youthful silhouette. It may be necessary to make small incisions behind each ear in order to remove and re-drape excess, loose skin. Patients often request a neck lift only, however, it is important to understand that for many patients, a neck lift on its own is not the perfect solution to achieving a younger, more attractive appearance. Dr Laniewski often recommends a lower facelift in conjunction with a neck lift to achieve the best result.
A neck lift generally starts at about $9500, but there are several other factors that need to be considered before a final quotation can be drawn up. Anaesthetist and hospital fees as well, as whether additional procedures will be added can all affect the final cost of a neck lift. Unfortunately, since this is a cosmetic procedure, the costs will not be covered by health insurers.
The neck lift procedure will not hurt as patients will go under general anaesthetic before they go into surgery. This ensures that the surgery is pain-free and comfortable for the patient. But, it is important to remember that there can be some pain relief given after the surgery in order to deal with the after-effects of the procedure.
The best candidate for this type of surgery is a non-smoker. Smoking seriously affects wound healing and increases the chances of post-operative complications. Most neck lift patients are between the ages of 40 and 80 and have folds and wrinkles that appear below the lower half of the face. Patients should also be in good health in general and have realistic expectations about what can be achieved with a neck lift. Patients who also want to address excess pockets of fat under the chin and jowls may need to add liposuction to their surgery.
After a neck lift, you can expect some swelling and bruising that will be evident in the neck area. This is completely normal and will subside over time. Patients will need to wear a compression garment for up to six weeks to prevent excess swelling and haematoma formation. The garment will also help ensure that there is uniformity in terms of skin tightening.
There is some downtime associated with a neck lift and most patients can resume work within seven to ten days, but strenuous exercise should be avoided for up to four weeks. It is important to remember that every patient will be different and downtime can vary from person to person. Dr Laniewski will be able to advise you on a one-to-one basis. As the skin will be sensitive and healing for several weeks after a neck lift, it is recommended that you avoid being in direct sunlight to ensure a healthy recovery process.
Post operative LED Light Therapy is strongly recommended to decrease your downtime and speed healing immediately after your surgery. The treatment is convenient and can be combined with your post operative visits. Lasting only 13 minutes and completely painless, LED Light Therapy is clinically proven to dramatically reduce the swelling and bruising that can occur after your surgery. Please speak to Dr Laniewski or one of his consultants to book in your treatment.
The results of a neck lift will appear gradually over time as the area starts to heal. Usually, patients will see the full benefits of their neck lift within three to six months of having the procedure.
There is no rule that says a neck lift needs to be combined with a facelift but it does help create a more uniform appearance. A facelift isn’t always necessary though. If the majority of the loose skin and wrinkles are below the chin, a neck lift might be enough. Dr Laniewski can give you a better idea of whether it’s necessary to combine the two procedures during your consultation.
As with any type of surgery, some scarring should be expected. During surgery, the incisions will be made in the natural creases of the skin, which also helps minimise scarring. There are also steps that can be taken after surgery that will reduce the appearance of scarring. Dr Laniewski will provide you with detailed instructions on how to care for the incision sites after your procedure.
The risks associated with a neck lift are very similar to other types of surgery. Infection, bleeding and haematoma are some of the most common risks, all of which can be reduced by following all aftercare instructions. Loss of sensitivity, contour deformities and scarring can also occur. Every step is taken to minimise risks before, during and after surgery but Dr Laniewski will make sure that you know exactly what’s possible during your consultation.
There are a number of non-surgical alternatives that can improve the appearance of the neck, but the results won’t be nearly as dramatic. Patients who have loose skin won’t be able to alter the appearance of their neck without surgical intervention. However, the results of your neck lift can be maintained by scheduling these non-surgical treatments in the years that follow your surgery. Dr Laniewski can take you through a few of these options during your consultation or after your surgery.
If you would like to find out more about a neck lift and what this procedure could do for you, you can contact us today to speak to a professional. In addition, you can arrange a consultation for a more personalised experience before surgery.