Due to a variety of factors, the lower face and neck areas tend to show signs of aging such as sagging, drooping, and wrinkles. A lower face and neck lift helps to rejuvenate the appearance and effectively create a naturally youthful look. Paquet Facial Plastic Surgery offers lower face and neck lifts for patients in Phoenix, Arizona.
What is a Lower Face and Neck Lift?
A lower face and neck lift is a combination of a typical facelift and neck lift surgery, which addresses visible signs of aging in the jawline, chin, and neck areas. Over time, fat pads in the cheeks naturally shrink as more fat is stored in the lower areas of the face. In addition, natural collagen and elastin production in the face slows beginning as early as the mid to late twenties. These factors, as well as environmental damage such as excess sun exposure, contribute to wrinkles, folds, and sagging skin in the lower third of the face as well as the neck. A lower face and neck lift reshapes the tissue and removes excess skin in these areas for a rejuvenated and youthful appearance.
Who is a Candidate for a Lower Face and Neck Lift?
Most patients who are concerned with significant sagging or drooping skin, wrinkles and folds, and issues such as jowls, a “double chin,” or “turkey neck” are good candidates for a lower face and neck lift. Patients should be generally healthy overall and nonsmokers before pursuing the procedure. Certain medications, such as blood thinners, or conditions may disqualify you from safely undergoing a face and neck lift. During a consultation, Dr. Paquet will examine the treatment area and review your health history to ensure that a lower face and neck lift is your best option.
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The Lower Face and Neck Lift Procedure
Lower face and neck lifts are performed under general anesthesia. Incisions are typically made within the hairline and immediately in front of the ear, resulting in minimally visible scarring as incisions follow the natural contours of the face. With incisions made, Dr. Paquet will then begin repositioning the soft tissues of the lower face and neck area as needed. This involves the use of deep-plane facelift techniques, in which muscles of the face and neck are lifted for a more naturally youthful look. As needed, liposuction may also be used to remove excess fat from the chin area. Finally, excess skin is removed and the skin is redraped for a smooth and lifted appearance. Incisions are then closed with sutures.
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Recovery After a Lower Face and Neck Lift
In most cases, a lower face and neck lift is performed at the outpatient surgery center, with overnight observation available at the center or in the comfort of your own home. It is always valuable to have a trusted friend, family member, or other caretaker also available to assist you. In the early stages of the recovery process, you can expect some discomfort, swelling, bruising, and redness. Dr. Paquet will prescribe pain medication to keep you comfortable and may instruct you to wear a compression garment or bandages which apply gentle pressure to reduce swelling and encourage proper healing. As you recover, you should keep your head elevated. Gently applying cold packs to the face and neck can help relieve discomfort and swelling.
Most lower face and neck lift patients require about two weeks of downtime to rest and recover before returning to non-strenuous routines.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I prepare for a neck lift?
Dr. Paquet will provide detailed preparation instructions on adjusting medications, obtaining lab work, and arriving for surgery. Make sure to prepare by creating a recovery space in your home and filling any prescription medications ahead of time.
How do I tighten my jawline?
The neck lift is the most effective way to get rid of loose skin under the chin. It can also be paired with neck liposuction if stubborn fat is a concern.
How long does it take to recover from a neck lift?
It can take 4-6 weeks to make a full recovery from a neck lift. However, it can take up to a year for all swelling to subside and your results to settle into their final appearance.
Is Neck lift surgery dangerous?
A neck lift comes with risks just like any other surgery. The best way to ensure a safe and effective procedure is to select a board-certified facial plastic surgeon.
What is the best treatment for saggy neck?
The neck lift can get rid of sagging skin on the neck and create a smoother, more defined appearance. If you have moderate-to-severe signs of aging in the neck, non-surgical treatments may not be effective enough.