It is impossible to feel your best when you know the skin on your neck has begun to crease, wrinkle and sag, or you have developed a double chin that won’t go away, no matter how much you watch your diet and exercise. If you are tired of looking older than you feel, an Orange County neck lift by Dr. Grover may be the answer. A smooth, firm neck is an attractive feature, and restoring youthful definition to your jawline works wonders for your overall facial appearance.
A neck lift is a custom procedure, as the degree of sagging skin varies from patient to patient. For a younger patient who is experiencing the early signs of aging, a smaller incision is typically required, located beneath the chin. For patients who are older and are living with more extensive sagging and excess fat and skin, the procedure requires more. The first step is gentle liposuction to remove excess fat beneath the chin, followed by removing the sagging skin through incisions placed behind the ears and under the chin, and tightening the entire area to restore a smooth, firm neck and a defined jawline.
The surgery is performed under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation, so you will likely have no memory of the actual procedure. When you awaken from surgery, the treated area will be bandaged to protect it. Some older patients may have drains, which will be removed in a follow-up appointment. After your neck lift, you are free to return home, driven by a friend or family member. You will want to rest and recover in the first few days. Let your body do its work.
The recovery time from your Newport Beach neck lift will vary, based upon the extent of the surgery. It is normal to experience some swelling and bruising, although this is not typically extreme. In fact, you should see some of the positive results in the early stages of recovery. Your neck will feel tight, and any pain or discomfort can be managed with prescription pain medication, which is usually not needed after a day or two. It is normal to feel some numbness at the incision sites, with sensation slowly returning as the days pass.
Swelling and bruising should be resolved within a week or two. During recovery, you will need to keep your head elevated, including sleeping on extra pillows or a wedge. You should feel ready to reveal your new look in social engagements within about two weeks to a month, but maximum improvement is achieved after several months of healing.
A neck lift surgical plan will be established particularly for you, as an individual, and the incision sites will vary, based upon your condition. The incisions are placed either beneath the chin or behind the ears, or both. Neck band surgery repairs the structure of the neck by repairing what is termed the platysmal muscles. With age, these muscles can create vertical bands on the neck. This procedure involves tightening the muscles, so they no longer create the unsightly bands on the neck. The incision is placed beneath the chin for this procedure.
While modern aesthetic treatments can help you maintain a younger appearance with non-surgical treatments, when the neck skin has lost its youthful elasticity and has begun to sag, there is little hope that anything other than a surgical procedure will fully restore your look. If you live with any of the following conditions, you may be a candidate for Dr. Grover's Newport Beach neck lift:
While your smoother, firmer neck and more sculpted jawline will be evident within about two weeks, you may want to plan for important social events after about one month of healing so that the majority of the swelling has dissipated.
The incisions will be carefully placed so they are virtually invisible once healed. They are placed in natural skin creases around the ears or hidden beneath the neck. Once the incisions have healed but have not yet faded, most patients cover them with makeup. They fade to natural skin color as the months pass.
The cost of a neck lift will vary, based upon what needs to be done in your case. Some patients require only liposuction, while others require tightening the skin on the neck and jawline. Costs of surgery include initial testing to ensure you are safe to undergo surgery, anesthesia costs, and the fee for the procedure and attending anesthesiologist. The first step in determining your cost is a private consultation with Dr. Grover, who will evaluate your individual condition and advise you what your surgery will entail. We offer financing options to assist you.
The results of a neck lift are long-lasting, but do not halt the aging process. To prolong your results, it is important that you avoid sun exposure and ensure you keep your neck moisturized with high quality skincare products. Most people enjoy the firmer, more youthful look for eight to ten years, or longer.
When considering a neck lift, you want to ensure you are under the care of a board-certified plastic surgeon who has a reputation for excellence in surgery. Dr. Sanjay Grover is among the most acclaimed plastic surgeons practicing in Orange County, selected as a “Top Doctor” by U.S. News and World Report, as well as listed as a “Physician of Excellence” by the Orange County Medical Association, and a “Top Doctor” by Castle Connolly, and named as a SuperDoctor by Los Angeles Magazine. You can be confident in his high-level surgical skills, advanced techniques, and the meticulous methods he employs in performing neck lift surgery.
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