Is the neck the next big plastic surgery hit? According to data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), it just might be. More than 55,000 neck lift procedures were performed in 2013, an increase of 6percent from the previous year.
The neck is one of the first places that signs ofaging can affect. The neck, with its proximity to the face, is also one of the first places people will notice when meeting someone new or looking in the mirror.
A neck lift, also known as a lower rhytidectomy, improves the appearance of the neck and jawline by:
- Removing excess fat and relaxing skin
- Removing fat deposits underneath the chin
- Tightening loose skin.
A neck lift can improve your overall appearance by eliminating a double chin or "turkey wattle" effect caused by excess skin and fat. This condition may cause patients to have less confidence in themselves, which can transfer over to other areas of life.
Your surgeon will give you specific after-care instructions for recovery. Never apply ice to the neck, as this can result in loss of blood flow and skin death.
It may take up to six months for incision lines to heal and swelling to fully go down after surgery. Bruising may also be evident but will subside with time and rest. Sun protection and a healthy lifestyle can increase the longevityof results.
As with any plastic surgery procedure, there are both benefits and risks involved. Some of these risks can include:
- Pain and prolonged swelling
A neck lift can help you reclaim your outlook on lifeand your appearance today. Schedule a consultation with Long Island dual board certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. James Marotta for more information.