Neck Lift - Atlanta, GA
In Dr. Alderman’s experience, patients start to show facial aging in one of two places: either the neck or the eyes. Laxity of the skin in the neck region can dramatically change your profile and produce a much older-than-desire appearance, creating what is commonly called a “turkey neck.” Her approach to any facial procedure is to be conservative and maintain the natural beauty of her patient. If you’ve noticed loose and sagging skin on your neck, cosmetic surgery can provide you with the firm skin of your youth.
What Can a Neck Lift Do for Me?
A neck lift is aimed at tightening the underlying neck muscles as well as the neck skin to create a beautiful, youthful profile.
A neck lift can:
- Tighten and define a sagging jawline
- Improve a double chin
- Improve muscle bands in the neck
- Tighten loose skin on the neck
- Remove excess fat in the neck
- Help you look naturally younger
Often, neck aging is not an isolated event, and a patient will also show aging in the cheeks, midface and experience jowling along the mandible (jaw bone). When these additional aging procedures occur, it is often best to perform a facelift in combination with the neck lift. Both procedures in combination optimize a youthful outcome.
The most beautiful outcomes are when the surgery is aimed at repositioning the tissue to its natural position and gently repositioning the skin to create a natural contour.
Request a Consultation
If you’re in the Atlanta area and have any questions about a Neck Lift or wish to schedule a consultation on a Neck Lift with Dr. Alderman, please contact our office.Request a Consultation
Am I a Good Candidate for a Neck Lift?
Initial signs of neck aging can sometimes be improved with less invasive procedures such as liposuction when fullness is the primary cause of concern. However, as we age, our skin loses elasticity, and when that happens in the neck region, the well-defined angle of the jawline is lost.
Neck lift surgery is best for patients with significant signs of aging from the chin and jawline to the shoulder. If you have good skin laxity with no loose skin on the neck, you may be able to obtain the results you want through liposuction of the neck alone. See our SAL neck lift page for more information.
Should I Choose a Neck Lift or Liposuction?
Each procedure is designed to meet specific needs. If you have a double chin or accumulation of fat that creates a soft, undefined jaw and chin, this can be corrected with liposuction. Because a neck lift is intended to treat loose skin and promote strong muscle structure, a liposuction alone is not sufficient to treat the appearance of jowls. This can be compared to a tummy tuck or liposuction in how each procedure differs in its ability to meet patients needs.
Whenever possible, Dr. Alderman recommends the least invasive treatment possible. Your in-depth consultation provides the perfect opportunity to determine which aspects of your physical appearance are the most bothersome and how those can be alleviated.
Meet Dr. Alderman
Dr. Amy Alderman is a nationally known, board-certified plastic surgeon located in Buckhead near Atlanta. As a female surgeon and mother of two children, she provides a unique perspective to patient care. Each surgical plan is individually tailored to each patient’s needs and lifestyles and is aimed at enhancing her patient’s natural beauty and restoring confidence. She is known for her personal approach to patient care and has unparalleled commitment to patient safety, which can be attributed to years of education, professional experience and involvement in national patient safety initiatives.Meet Dr. Alderman
What Happens During a Neck Lift?
Most neck lifts take about 2 hours and are completed using general anesthesia or using local anesthesia and sedation. Hospitalization is not usually necessary.
A neck lift is a particularly customized procedure. Dr. Alderman can sometimes achieve your desired results with an incision under the chin and incisions behind the ears, where the scars will be discreet. Liposuction is often used to remove excess fat, and excess skin is trimmed so that the skin and underlying muscle and other soft tissues can be tightened and contoured.
What Can I Expect During Recovery from a Neck Lift?
Most of our patients are surprised at how comfortable they feel after neck lift surgery. We can provide a pain medication prescription, but many people find that Tylenol is enough for a couple of days. After 24 hours, we will ask you to walk several times throughout the day to encourage circulation and prevent blood clotting.
As long as your work is not strenuous, you should be able to return to work within 1-2 weeks. You should take it easy for 2-3 weeks, however, and avoid strenuous exercise and lifting for about a month.
A neck lift causes some bruising and swelling, but these should improve significantly within a week or two. You will look younger right away, but the swelling will gradually resolve over about three months, after which you can see your final results. The scars will be small, and they will continue to fade, flatten, and soften during the year after your surgery.
If you have wrinkles and sagging on your neck, call us today to schedule a consultation to find out more about neck lift surgery with Dr. Alderman.
Dr. Alderman’s National Efforts on this Topic:
Chairperson for Aesthetica, a national aesthetic surgery meeting
American Society of Plastic Surgery Patient Safety Committee
Vice Chairperson, ASPS Education Aesthetic Council
Alderman, AK, Chung, KC. Discussion: A Systematic Review of Patient-Reported Outcome Measures after Facial Cosmetic Surgery and/or Non-surgical Facial Rejuvenation. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 2009, 123:1828-9.
Pannucci, C, Alderman, AK. Venous Thromboembolism and the Aesthetic Surgery Patient. Essentials of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
Alderman, AK, Kerrigan, CL, Lemaine, V, Pusic, AL, Vidal, DC. Evidence-Based Medicine &Health Services Research in Plastic Surgery. In Plastic Surgery 1st Edition
Alderman, AK, Chung, KC. Outcomes for Surgical Guidance in Plastic Surgery: Measuring Outcomes in Aesthetic Surgery. Clinics in of Plastic Surgery, 2013:297-304.
Alderman, AK, Kerrigan, CL, Lemaine, V, Pusic, AL, Vidal, DC. Evidence-Based Medicine &Health Services Research in Plastic Surgery. In Plastic Surgery 4th Edition