I had wanted a neck lift for many years but I was always to scared to have the procedure completed. The reason why is that during my 30s I lost an awful lot of weight and the result was that I had a neck which has excess skin and fat deposits. I searched online to see which surgeons in my local area of Raleigh, NC had the best stars on their reviews, and I finally settled on Dr. Adam Stein Raleigh, NC based surgeon and a very kind man indeed. After a short consultation I had the procedure carried out at Stein Plastic Surgery and I am over the moon about the results. I wanted then to take a moment to answer some of those burning questions which you may have about his procedure.
What is a Neck Lift?
In short a neck lift is the cosmetic method of tightening up the neck to give the appearance of a more elegant neck shape. Neck lifts can be used to re-align the neck and get rid of fatty deposits and tighten the skin of the neck.
How Do They Do It?
As Dr. Adam Stein told me, the procedure can be completed in 2 different ways depending on the issues that the patient has. For example if the procedure is simply to tighten up the skin around the neck and re-shape it slightly, the surgeon will likely use a Skin-SMAS-Platysma lift, which helps to tone up the neck. Alternatively if the surgeon needs to address underlying muscle issues, they will use what is called a Platysmaplasty, a deeper procedure.
How Long Will Results Last?
I was somewhat surprised to learn that a neck lift will last for between 10 and 15 years before the natural neck shape will reappear. You can expect to see signs that your neck is returning to its normal state after around 10 years.
Will I Get Scars?
The scars that are left will often depend on how good the surgeon is. Scars are something which you will certainly have regardless of what surgeon you happen to use, but over a short amount of time you should not be able to see the scars at all. The better the surgeon that you have, the more professional the stitches will be which in turn lead to scars that cannot be seen.
The recovery period will be very short, usually around 4 weeks. During the first week it is recommended that you do not do very much so that the body can react to the procedure but by the second week you will be able to go back to work. The first 4 weeks may be uncomfortable, especially when lying down, but following that you will be back to normal with no special requirements to be made.