Necklift Austin

Just as with the face, the neck can show signs of aging. Sagging jowls, a “Turkey Gobbler” or just overall sagging and drooping of the neck occur and time, gravity and genetics take their toll. Stress and environmental factors contribute as well. A necklift can provide a very nice solution to this problem.

The effect of this process is that over time excess fat may accumulate in the neck area, the neck muscles relax a stretch, both of which lead to drooping, excess skin.

While many people have necklifts as part of a facelift procedure, some patients just want to have the neck improved by itself. The goal of a necklift is to provide improvement in 3 areas:

  • Removal of excess fat in the neck region. This is typically done through liposuction.
  • Tightening of the neck muscles, to lift the neckline and improve the profile.
  • Removal of excess skin.

After evaluation by Dr. Dellinger, the exact type of treatment can be determined and the amount of correction can be planned. There are three “Levels” or degrees of correction available:

  • Level 1: This is for patients with minimal skin and muscle laxity as well as some mild to moderate fat deposits. Liposuction alone will typically correct this problem through a simple procedure performed under local anesthesia.
  • Level 2: Patient with fatty deposits and muscle laxity, but with good skin tone are good candidates for this procedure. Patients typically have liposuction combined with tightening of the muscle layer of the neck called the platysma – known as a platysmaplasty.
  • Level 3: These patients require removal of excess fat, muscle tightening and removal of excess skin. This procedure is normally done under a “twilight” or sometimes deeper anesthesia.

After surgery patients should rest at home for a few days. Some activity can be introduced after that and gradually increased to  normal after a couple of weeks.

More information on Necklifts can be found at RealSelf