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The face and neck age faster than anywhere else on the body. This is because they are almost always visible and receive the highest amount of exposure to the environment including sun damage. Therefore, when seeking out anti-aging services for the first time, patients most often want to treat the face and neck. Facelifts and neck lifts are extremely popular among patients over 45 to correct more advanced signs of aging. Dr. Scott Blyer of Cameo Surgery Center performs the best neck lift Long Island and NYC offers.
Understanding Neck Lift Surgery
A neck lift is an anti-aging cosmetic surgery that removes extra skin from the neck and chin area. It frequently overlaps with and is performed alongside facelift surgery. The procedure can address several concerns including:
- Neck bands
- Double chin
- Loss of skin elasticity
- Loose, extra neck skin
- Aged facial profile
- Tighten platysma muscle
- Excess fat
- “Turkey neck”
The procedure involves nearly identical incisions to a facelift with occasionally an added one under the chin. It is commonly performed under general and local anesthesia. Performed alone, the procedure lasts usually an hour or less.
Neck lift surgery candidates tend to be above the age of 50, though the procedure may occasionally benefit younger patients. Beyond this, neck lift patients often share common attributes such as:
- Generally good health
- Have realistic and healthy expectations
- Fully understand the procedure and what it entails
- Have qualifying anatomy
- Do not have any major conditions that could impair healing or put the patient at undue or unnecessary risk
Neck lift surgery—while largely a very safe procedure—all surgeries come with some inherent level of risk. Most patients do not have elevated risks, but it is important to fully understand the risks along with the benefits. Possible risks include:
- Poor healing
- Raised or visible scarring
- Skin necrosis
- Complications of anesthesia
Major complications of neck lift surgery are exceptionally rare. Dr. Blyer will examine and evaluate each patient for increased risk factors during a consultation.
Neck lift procedures can have many benefits for patients wanting to improve their neck appearance. Of course, like all surgical procedures, it also comes with some risks. In most cases, the risks of a neck lift are minimal. Still, it is important for patients to fully understand both the benefits and risks of a neck lift in Long Island.
The benefits of a neck lift surgery with Dr. B may include:
- Smoother neck
- Enhanced facial profile
- Tighter skin
- Improved jawline, chin, and neck contours
- Reduce the appearance of platysmal bands and wrinkles
- Overall younger look
- Minimized and hidden scars
- Improved self-esteem and confidence
- Short recovery time
- Can perform under local or general anesthesia
- Easy to combine with other facial cosmetic surgeries
- Few risks
- Effective, long lasting surgery
- Performed by an expert NYC cosmetic surgeon
- Incision wraps completely around the body
- Addresses back and buttocks along with flanks and abdomen
- May or may not correct diastasis recti
- More skin removed
- Requires longer surgical time (four to six hours on average)
- Most extensive incision wraps around hips
- Address the abdomen and occasionally the hips and flanks
- Nearly always corrects diastasis recti
- Less skin removed
- Requires less surgical time (two to four hours on average)
Neck Lift vs. Platysmaplasty
Neck lift surgery and platysmaplasty are frequently confused with one another. Both address neck aging, but one focuses on the skin (neck lift) and the other on the muscle (platysmaplasty). More often than not, Dr. B performs the procedures together, and rarely are they performed separately from each other.
A platysmaplasty tightens the platysma muscle which runs from the collarbones and up to the underside of the chin. Over time, the platysma muscle can weaken and separate which may contribute to an aged neck. During a platysmaplasty, Dr. Blyer will suture the two sides of the muscle back together. Occasionally, he may need to remove a small portion of the muscle.
Long Island Neck Lift Surgery From Start To Finish
During a consultation, Dr. B meets with the patient to discuss their aging concerns and goals for surgery. He will also review the patient’s medical history and lifestyle. Finally, he will perform a physical examination of the neck and surrounding areas. The physical exam allows Dr. Blyer to identify attributes like skin quality, muscle tightness, and amount of extra skin.
Dr. B will determine if the patient is a good candidate. If they are, he will then describe the procedure in detail, including any specific recommendations or customizations. Before leaving the office, patients will also receive a price quote and financing information.
Neck lift surgery uses an incision near each ear. Sometimes the incision is behind the ear, in front of it, or wraps around it. For the platysmaplasty, Dr. B will make a small incision underneath the chin. Suturing the muscle together, Dr. Blyer then will use the two ear incisions to pull the skin tight and create a more youthful contour.
Due to the location of the incisions, most patients also undergo a facelift at the same time. This can further enhance the jawline and complements a neck lift well. It is possible to perform the surgeries separately, but generally, patients qualify for both.
Patients frequently find a neck lift recovery less painful and easier than they initially imagined. However, patients do still require time off from work and activities. Returning to activities too soon can worsen side effects and put patients at higher risk of complications. Dr. B will provide patients with customized surgery recovery instructions. Some of these instructions may include:
- Wear a post-surgical or compression garment
- Keep head elevated when resting and sleeping
- Get up and walk at least every few hours
- Avoid strenuous exercise or activities
- Do not return to work until okayed by Dr. B
- Keep neck and incision area out of the sun
- Wait around two days to shower and consider washing hair separately
- Take medications as directed
- Attend post-operative appointments
Wonder If Neck Lift Option Works The Best For You?
A Nefertiti lift is a non-surgical neck enhancement procedure that uses Botox injections to reduce the prominence of neck bands. This is not a replacement for a neck lift because it does not tighten the skin. However, it can address neck bands before surgery becomes necessary. It can also continue to help after a neck lift surgery.
Yes, Dr. B performs neck lift surgery in a precise and careful manner. With incisions far from the neck and the tightening of the muscle, this helps produce a natural and younger looking neck contour. Combining a neck lift with a facelift also contributes to natural results since the contour is not interrupted by other aged structures.
A neck lift reverses the aging process to help patients look an average of ten years younger. However, unfortunately, no surgery can stop the aging process and patients will continue to age after surgery. Normally, a neck lift is expected to last around a decade. Though, some can last significantly longer.
Regardless, patients who undergo a neck lift will always look younger than their peers who did not have one. Therefore, while the original look of the neck may recur, patients will still look younger than others their age.
The Best Long Island Neck Lift With Dr. Blyer
Cameo Surgery Center is a premier cosmetic surgery practice located in Islandia, New York. Seeing patients from all around the world, Cameo Surgery Center performs surgical and non-surgical procedures that help patients look and feel better. Dr. Scott Blyer—also known as DrBFixin—is one of Long Island’s leading cosmetic surgeons. As a trustee of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. B is a well-versed surgeon with over a decade of experience.
To learn more and schedule a consultation, call us at 631-232-2636. Patients can also reach out online via chat, contact form, or Price Simulator.