Dr. Constantino Mendieta Offers Neck Lift Procedures
The neck often shows noticeable signs of aging that contribute to an unsatisfactory aesthetic. Patients can achieve a more youthful neck and improved jawline definition by undergoing neck lift surgery. A neck lift rejuvenates the appearance of the neck by removing excess skin, tightening the remaining tissues, and enhancing the contours of the jawline, producing lasting and attractive effects. Dr. Mendieta tailors each neck lift procedure to reflect his patients’ objectives and complement their individual facial anatomy.
Ideal candidates for neck lift surgery must be non-smokers with realistic expectations of the procedure. During your consultation, Dr. Mendieta will evaluate your condition before determining the most appropriate approach to address your needs. Individuals who are considering neck lift surgery can relate to any of the following cosmetic concerns:
- Vertical neck bands
- A double chin
- Poor jawline definition
- Sagging neck skin
- Wrinkles or creases on the neck
Neck Lift Procedure
Neck lift surgery is designed to minimize the visible signs of aging and sagging skin at and around the jawline. Depending on the necessary length of time for the surgery, personal preference, and your overall health, local or general anesthesia may be used. Incisions are hidden underneath the chin and behind the ears for inconspicuous, yet effective, neck rejuvenation. Neck lift surgery can last two to three hours. Through these incisions, sagging skin is removed, fat deposits are removed, and the underlying muscles are tightened to create a refreshed appearance.
Patients who are experiencing signs of aging in other areas of the face may want to consider combining their neck lift with other techniques for comprehensive facial rejuvenation. To achieve optimal results, patients may have this procedure performed in conjunction with:
Patients will likely experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort immediately after surgery. These side effects will subside within a couple of weeks. Dr. Mendieta will prescribe oral pain medication to help minimize postoperative discomfort. It can take between two and four weeks to recover from a neck lift procedure, and most patients can resume working within two weeks.
Neck lift patients are advised to refrain from exercise, strenuous activity, and heavy lifting during the first two weeks of recovery. Bending should be avoided for three to four weeks.
Patients will notice some improvement to the neck area immediately following surgery. However, the final results will not be visible for 6 months, as the body heals and become accustomed to its new contours. Results vary depending on lifestyle choices and genetics, but they can last between 5 and 10 years.
Neck Lift FAQs
At what age can I undergo neck lift surgery?
The primary factor when determining if neck lift surgery is right for you is the degree of facial aging you have experienced. Genetics and lifestyle influence the rate at which a person develops signs of aging, so there is no age requirement for this procedure. Most patients often choose to undergo neck lift surgery in their 40s so that they are healthier and can take advantage of their results for many years.
If I am visiting from out-of-town, how long should I stay in town after my surgery?
You should stay in town for at least two weeks after surgery to heal enough for your departure and complete any required follow-up visits with Dr. Mendieta.
What are the risks involved with neck lift surgery?
As with any surgical procedure, potential risks include:
- Skin discoloration
- Nerve injury
- Poor wound healing
- Unsatisfactory results