A neck lift is a safe and effective procedure that can dramatically improve the contours of your neck and enhance your overall appearance. With expert precision, a surgeon can refine and redefine the appearance of your neck, providing striking results.
If you’re considering a neck lift, schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gregory Fedele to learn more about your options and take the first step towards feeling confident and beautiful.
At our practice, we understand that each patient is unique, which is why Dr. Fedele tailors his advanced techniques to meet the individual needs of each patient. By doing so, he is able to consistently provide natural-looking results that enhance the overall appearance of the face and neck.
If you’re considering a neck lift, schedule a consultation with Dr. Fedele today to discuss your goals and determine if this procedure is right for you. Call (216) 464-1616 or complete an inquiry form on our website. We are located in Cleveland, Ohio and are committed to providing exceptional care to all of our patients.
- 1 About the Neck
- 2 Submental Liposuction
- 3 Short Scar Neck Lift
- 4 Platysmaplasty
- 5 Benefits of a Neck Lift
- 6 Personal Consultation
- 7 Preparation
- 8 Neck Lift Procedure
- 9 Neck Lift Recovery & Results
- 10 Cost of Neck Rejuvenation in Cleveland, OH
- 11 FAQ
- 12 References
About the Neck
The neck is a unique part of the body that plays a critical role in our bodily functions while also contributing to our overall appearance. It is surrounded by layers of muscle that allow us to move our head and neck with ease, but it is also covered by skin that is thinner than other parts of our body. Therefore, any changes in weight, genetics, or aging can have a significant impact on its aesthetics.
What Happens to the Neck as We Age?
As we age, our neck undergoes a series of changes that can leave us feeling self-conscious about our appearance. The loss of volume in our tissues, thinning of the skin and subcutaneous fat, and decreased collagen and elastin levels all contribute to wrinkles, sagging, and visible muscles and veins.
The Dado Scale
The Dado Scale is a system of categorization used by clinicians to describe observed changes in the aging neck. (1)
- Skin laxity only
- Neck adiposity (fat)
- Platysmal banding
- Retrognathia (lower jaw retrusion)
- Low lying hyoid bone
Fortunately, modern advancements in plastic surgery have made it possible to restore a youthful appearance to the neck. A neck lift, performed by a skilled plastic surgeon, can address excess skin, fat deposits, and pronounced muscles, resulting in a rejuvenated and refreshed look.
At Dr. Fedele’s practice, we understand the importance of individualized treatment plans tailored to each patient’s unique needs and goals. We use the most advanced techniques and technologies to provide safe and effective results that can last for years to come.
If you’re interested in learning more about how a neck lift can benefit you or to schedule a consultation, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.
A Neck Lift Tailored to Your Needs
One of the greatest benefits of the neck lift is its versatility. It may include only subtle alterations to neck tissues, or more involved surgery for more severe cases of sagging and adiposity. Depending on a patient’s wishes, and the time and effort a patient is willing to put forth, the neck lift can be tailored as closely to the patient’s needs as possible. (2)
Submental liposuction is ideal for patients who have good skin elasticity and muscle integrity but struggle with stubborn fat deposits in the neck area. Dr. Fedele performs submental liposuction using local anesthesia. The procedure typically takes only 35 to 40 minutes, and discreet entry points are made behind each ear lobe. After the procedure, patients are sent home with an elastic chinstrap to wear for 2 to 3 days.
One of the best things about submental liposuction is that it requires very little downtime. In fact, many of our patients consider it a “weekend procedure” because they can undergo treatment on Friday and return to work on Monday.
Short Scar Neck Lift
The Short Scar Neck Lift is a less invasive procedure that addresses loose skin, excess fat, and weakened muscles in the neck area. Unlike traditional neck lift procedures, this technique uses shorter incisions that are hidden behind the earlobe and under the chin. This approach allows for less scarring and a quicker recovery time.
As we age, our neck muscles and skin begin to loosen, leading to the dreaded “turkey neck” and neck banding that can give away our age. Fortunately, there are options available to help address these concerns.
One option is a platysmaplasty, or neck muscle tightening procedure, which can be incorporated into the neck lift procedure. This involves accessing the inner and outer edges of the platysma muscle through small incisions below the chin and occasionally behind the ears. The medial edges are brought together and tightened to improve the appearance of the neck. This procedure can be performed with an isolated submental incision if the platysma laxity is minimal, or with an incision behind the ear to address more severe cases.
In addition to muscle tightening, sagging neck skin can also be lifted and tightened using small incisions concealed behind the ears. This can result in a more youthful and refreshed appearance overall.
Benefits of a Neck Lift
A neck lift procedure is tailored to each patient’s unique anatomy and goals, ensuring natural-looking results that enhance your overall appearance. Here are just a few of the benefits you can expect from a neck lift with Dr. Fedele:
- Increased confidence in your appearance
- A more slender, youthful overall look
- Reduction or elimination of “turkey neck” and banding in the neck
- Improved definition in the jawline
- Reduction or elimination of lax skin and wrinkles on the neck area
- Correction of a double chin
- A longer, more elegant appearance for the neck
- Incisions are placed carefully behind the ear or under the chin to minimize scarring
If you’re considering a neck lift, trust in Dr. Fedele’s expertise and personalized approach for beautiful, natural-looking results. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how a neck lift can benefit you.
During your consultation, Dr. Fedele will review your medical history, assess the condition of your neck, and evaluate your skin elasticity and underlying musculature. This thorough examination allows him to create a customized treatment plan that addresses your areas of concern.
A neck lift is not a one-size-fits-all procedure, and Dr. Fedele takes this into consideration when recommending the best approach for achieving optimal results. For patients with moderate skin laxity and minimal fat deposits, a skin tightening procedure may be sufficient to achieve their desired outcome. In contrast, patients with significant muscle banding or excess fat may require a more extensive surgery to address these issues. Patients may wish to combine a neck lift with other procedures, such as a mini facelift. Dr. Fedele will guide you through the pros and cons of each option during your consultation to ensure that you make an informed decision.
One of the most important steps in preparing for a neck lift is discontinuing blood thinners, supplements, and other medications as instructed. This will help minimize the risk of excessive bleeding during the procedure. Additionally, it is imperative to stop any nicotine use in the weeks leading up to your surgery and remain nicotine-free for the duration of your recovery. Nicotine can interfere with the healing process and increase the risk of complications.
To ensure a smooth recovery, we also advise patients to fill prescriptions for pain medication and antibiotics in advance of their procedure. It is recommended that you coordinate a ride home and escort as sedation or general anesthesia will be used. Lastly, it is crucial to arrange time off from work and social commitments to ensure adequate time to rest and recover.
Neck Lift Procedure
Before your procedure, you will meet with Dr. Fedele to discuss the surgery. He will review the details of your treatment plan, which may include liposuction, a platysmaplasty, or a combination of approaches. This will ensure that you feel comfortable with every aspect of your procedure.
During the procedure, Dr. Fedele will carefully remove excess skin and fat from your neck area, creating a smoother, more youthful contour. The incisions will be made in such a way that any scarring will be minimal and easily concealed.
Neck Lift Recovery & Results
Dr. Fedele will apply supportive dressings to help manage swelling. It is normal to experience some bruising and swelling in the first few days after surgery. To reduce swelling, it is recommended that you keep your head elevated above your heart when resting. Any discomfort can be managed with prescribed medication.
Follow-up appointments are necessary so that Dr. Fedele can monitor your healing progress. If your job is not physically demanding, you may be able to return to work within two weeks. Strenuous activities should be avoided for several weeks, or until instructed otherwise by Dr. Fedele.
Once your neck has fully healed, you’ll notice a smoother, firmer contour with enhanced shape and better jawline definition. Any scarring is carefully concealed and the results are natural-looking.
Cost of Neck Rejuvenation in Cleveland, OH
The cost of your treatment will depend on the extent of your neck lift surgery and the specific details of your treatment plan. Call our Cleveland office at (216) 464-1616 or fill out an online form to book your personal consultation with us.
To find out more about face, body, and breast rejuvenation, please read Dr. Fedele’s blog.
Is a neck lift right for me?
If you are in good health and have realistic expectations for your outcome, then a neck lift may be right for you. This procedure is designed to address concerns such as sagging skin, jowls, and fatty deposits around the chin and neck area. A consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon will help to determine if a neck lift is the best option for your individual needs.
How long will it take to recover from a neck lift?
The recovery time for a neck lift will vary depending on the extent of your procedure. Most patients can expect to take a week or two off from work and other activities to allow their body to heal properly. Your surgeon will provide you with specific instructions on how to care for yourself after surgery to ensure the best possible recovery.