When it comes to anti-aging treatments, topicals, and even sunscreen, the neck is often ignored. That fact combined with the aging process can lead to volume loss, excess skin, and wrinkles. Once you realize that you’re unhappy with the appearance of your neck, you may feel hopeless, but at Hanna Facial Cosmetic Surgery in Hinsdale, IL, we want you to know that it’s not too late. We offer the neck lift, a procedure that can turn back the clock and rejuvenate your neck.
What Should You Expect From a Neck Lift?
One of the benefits of a neck lift is at the results can make you look 10 to 20 years younger. We will take every step necessary to give you the most aesthetically pleasing neck. If loose skin and the normal signs of aging have affected your neck to the point that you feel less confident about your appearance, this procedure will boost your confidence and make your neck look beautiful.
When you follow all of the aftercare instructions, your recovery will go quickly and smoothly and you’ll be well on your way to enjoying your new, youthful-looking neck for years to come.
What Is a Neck Lift?
A neck lift is also called a platysmaplasty and is a procedure designed to improve the appearance of your neck by removing excess skin and fat and tightening the area.
What Causes Excess Skin on the Neck?
Loose or excess skin on the neck can result from aging or significant weight loss. Either way, it can make you look and feel older than you are. If you have loose neck skin, this procedure will correct and tighten it.
What Happens During the Procedure?
During the procedure, incisions will be made in strategic locations and any excess skin will be trimmed and removed. The remaining skin will be tightened, and you’ll be on your way to a beautiful and gracefully looking neck. Dr. Hanna can perform this procedure under general anesthesia and will discharge you the same day so that you can return home as soon as possible.
Can I Customize My Procedure?
We can customize your neck lift to treat certain features of your neck that you’re unhappy with and the turkey wattle is one of them. A turkey wattle is exactly how it sounds: a loose section of skin that droops down beneath your chin. To address this concern, Dr. Hanna may make incisions beneath your chin, or behind your ears to tighten the skin and remove the wattle.
Depending on your goals your surgeon may remove a portion of your neck muscles to create the most aesthetic look. This is something that you can discuss during your initial consultation. Dr. Hanna will discuss your goals with you and develop a treatment plan that’s right for you so that you know exactly what to expect before your procedure begins.
How Long Will My Results Last?
The length of your results depends on your lifestyle, and your age at the time of your procedure. Typically, patients who are at the younger end of the spectrum will enjoy the results longer due to better collagen production. However, regardless of your age, you can rest assured that when you choose this procedure you will enjoy your results for many years to come. Most patients enjoy the results of their neck lift for 10 to 15 years or more.
Can I Extend My Results?
There are some ways that you can extend your results to ensure that they last as long as possible. Eating a healthy diet inclusive of plant-based foods, lean proteins, and healthy fats will help your body get all the vitamins and minerals it needs to thrive. Drinking plenty of water will help keep your skin hydrated, tight, and supple. Hydrated skin doesn’t wrinkle as easily and helps you maintain that youthful glow.
Invest in Topicals
Many professional-grade skincare lines have developed topical products specifically designed for the neck area. Taking care of the skin on your neck and investing time and money into professional products will help ensure that your results are long-lasting and will help improve the condition of your neck skin. All it takes is a little moisturizer, neck cream, and sunscreen to maintain beautiful skin.
Avoid the Sun
Sun exposure and the resulting skin damage is the number one sign premature aging. However, it’s easy to avoid. Never go out in the sun without some form of sun protection, whether that’s a hat, sunglasses, or high-quality sunscreen. You should never leave your skin exposed to the harmful sun rays, because, in doing so, you’ll be giving the aging process a free pass and essentially sabotaging your results.
Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
Maintaining a healthy weight and getting enough exercise each day can make a world of a difference in helping you maintain your results. If liposuction was used in combination with your procedure, you will need to maintain a healthy weight to ensure that new fat cells don’t accumulate in the neck area. Eating healthy, limiting your stress levels, drinking moderately, staying hydrated, and protecting your skin are simple everyday habits you can form in no time.
How Can I Prepare for My Appointment?
After your initial consultation with Dr. Hanna, we will schedule your appointment. At this time, Dr. Hanna will provide you with any instructions you need on how to prepare for your procedure so that your body is ready for the procedure.
If you are a smoker or if you consume any form of nicotine, you will need to avoid it for at least six weeks before your procedure. Stopping all nicotine consumption entirely will make your procedure and recovery that much better. You won’t be able to consume nicotine for six weeks after your procedure, so kicking the habit well before your appointment will be in your best interest.
Adequate hydration is essential both before and after your procedure. Make a habit of drinking at least half a gallon of water each day before and during your recovery process. Another way to sneak in extra water is by eating foods with high water content, like fruits and vegetables.
Preparing for Your Procedure and Recovery
Planning is an important part of any surgical procedure. Knowing exactly what to expect before you arrive at your appointment will help you be prepared for your procedure so that once it’s over, you can focus on your recovery, not on making the necessary arrangements.
You will need someone to drive you to and from your appointment because once your procedure is complete, you won’t be able to drive for at least 24 hours until the effects of the anesthesia wear off. We recommend that you wear loose-fitting clothing to your appointment, specifically something that you won’t have to pull over your head post-op. You want to make everything as simple and easy as you possibly can so that you can focus on your recovery.
What Is the Recovery Like?
As with any surgical procedure, once you arrive home, you can expect to spend the next several days resting. Patients typically take one to two weeks off of work to devote to their recovery post-op. We will wrap your neck in a dressing to protect the area and promote healing before you return home. You’ll wear this dressing for the first five days post-op. We’ll be here for you every step of the way. If you have any questions, we’re just a phone call away.
How Can I Make My Recovery Easier?
Planning ahead will make your recovery that much easier because you won’t have to devote the mental or physical energy to set up your home. Before the day of your procedure, make sure that your primary resting spot is ready for you upon your arrival. Have pillows, blankets, books, and anything else that will help you rest prepared.
Enlist help at home during those first few days so that you don’t have to spend your time or energy focusing on meal preparation or other household duties. Make sure all your meals are healthy and high in lean protein and fiber. Both of these things will give your body everything it needs to heal quickly.
What If I’m Not a Candidate?
If you don’t qualify as a candidate for this procedure, all hope is not lost. Several alternative treatments will give you results and improve the appearance of your neck. Dr. Hanna will analyze your neck and discuss your problem areas and offer some alternative treatments that can help you look and feel younger.
Botox for the Neck
Botox injections in the neck can deliver some dramatic results. When injected into the neck muscles, this neuromodulator works by relaxing the neck muscles. Neck bands and lines will gradually fade as the ingredients take effect, and you’ll be left with a smooth, wrinkle-free neck.
Injections only take 10 to 25 minutes to complete and then you’ll be free to go about your day. Results will last anywhere from three to six months. Once your results begin to fade, you’ll simply return for a follow-up treatment to maintain your results.
Some people are unhappy with the appearance of their necks because of excess fat. If this is the case, Dr. Hanna will make a small incision below the surface of your skin beneath your chin. Then, he’ll use a thin medical tube called a cannula to gently suction the fat from the area.
Liposuction is an effective way to permanently remove fat from the neck area and also pairs well with other procedures. If you only undergo liposuction, the procedure will be complete within an hour and you can return home the same day.
If you have a double chin that extends down into your neck, you’ve likely felt self-conscious about it for a while. There is an effective way to permanently remove this fat and it’s minimally invasive. Kybella injections in this area will destroy the fat cells and the body will then eliminate them gradually in the weeks following your treatment. Results are permanent as long as you stay within 10 pounds of your goal weight.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
If the appearance of your neck has caused you to lose your confidence in how you look, we have a solution that will restore youth to the area and help you look and feel younger. Contact us today at Hanna Facial Cosmetic Surgery in Hinsdale, IL to learn more about a neck lift and to find out if you are a candidate for this procedure.