Premier Plastic Surgeon for the Face and Neck
While Dr. Joyesh Raj cannot stop the aging process or the effects of gravity, he can turn back the clock on the appearance of your neck. He has a strong technical background and a deep appreciation for concepts central to facial surgery: namely, balance and proportion. Dr. Raj values a natural looking result, achieved through subtle modifications.
When you trust your neck lift to Dr. Raj, you can rest assured that you have selected one of the finest and most experienced plastic surgeons in the area. Not only is he a beloved surgeon to patients at his private practice, but he is also respected as the chief of plastic surgery at Fairview Hospital in Cleveland. You could not be in better hands.
Your Rejuvenated Neck
Many people are preoccupied with the appearance of their neck. If you are one of them, you might often drape yourself in scarves or wear turtlenecks to mask saggy, wrinkly neck skin. Or, you might rely on makeup to artificially contour your jawline and chin to make it look slimmer. By improving the tone and contour of the area, neck lift allows you to proudly show off your neck and enjoy a more youthful appearance. You can once again sport V-neck tee-shirts and wear lighter makeup, confident in the knowledge that you look great.
What Does Neck Lift Entail?
Neck lift can be performed as a standalone procedure or can be incorporated into full facelift surgery. Dr. Raj will advise you of the best approach after he has examined your specific areas of concern and learned about your goals of treatment.
Generally, neck lift involves the following:
- Removes excess skin
- Tightens the platysma muscles so they better support the face and neck
- Uses liposuction techniques to eliminate excess fat deposits from the neck and jowls
- Sculpts or redistributes remaining fat
- Repositions the neck tissue
- Re-drapes the skin more tightly over the new neck contours to smooth out wrinkles and lines
After neck lift, the jawline has more definition. A double chin, jowls and fatty bulges are gone, and the skin on the neck looks smoother and firmer. If your neck lift has been combined with another facial procedure, the results will look more dramatic.
What is neck lift?
Neck lift surgery, also called a platysmaplasty, is a procedure performed to improve the look of the jawline and neck by addressing the signs of aging.
Will neck lift surgery leave scars?
Neck lift surgery requires incisions to tighten and recontour the jaw and neck area. For a traditional neck lift, incisions are made near the sideburns behind the hairline, and continues around the ear. Scars are a natural part of the healing process when incisions are made. Dr. Raj understands that some patients may be concerned about scarring following neck lift surgery, which is why he skillfully places the incisions so that they are barely noticeable.
Am I a candidate for neck lift?
Generally, good neck lift candidates include:
- Individuals with good health overall
- Those that have skin laxity in the neck and jaw area
- Individuals concerned with signs of aging around the neck
- Those interested in reducing the look of fullness or sagging below the chin (double chin)
- Those without medical conditions that would impact the ability to heal
- Individuals with realistic expectations
Can other treatments be combined with neck lift surgery?
Neck lift can be combined with other treatments to give you the most impactful results. It is often performed at the same time as a facelift. If you have more than one area of concern you would like addressed, bring up these issues with Dr. Raj, who will work with you to lay out a treatment plan that helps you get the look you want.
What is neck lift recovery like?
A neck lift is performed as an outpatient procedure, which means you should be able to return home the same day. Immediately following surgery, you may notice swelling and bruising. You may experience soreness and muscle tightness after surgery.
Dr. Raj will provide detailed post-operative instructions that will guide you through a successful recovery. Instructions may include the following:
- Elevate the head while sleeping
- Avoid applying ice to the neck
- Avoid lifting heavy objects, including children
- Avoid sudden or jerking head movements
- Avoid alcohol and aspirin
What results can I expect from my neck lift?
It can take several weeks or months to see your true neck lift results due to swelling. As bruising and swelling diminish, you will notice a visible improvement in the look of your neck. You may appear more well-rested, youthful, and rejuvenated.
How long will my results last?
You should be able to enjoy the results of your neck lift for years to come. The longevity of the results depends on several factors, including natural skin elasticity and other genetic factors as well as lifestyle choices. Nicotine use can lead to wrinkles, which can affect the results of your neck lift. It is also important to practice daily sun care and avoid unprotected or excessive exposure to the sun. Patients should understand that a neck lift cannot stop the natural aging process, but it can delay the appearance of aging and provide a more youthful look.
Schedule a Neck Lift Consultation
For more information about neck lift surgery and how it can help you look younger and fresher, please speak with Dr. Joyesh Raj. Call (440) 808-8030 today to make an appointment with the doctor to discuss your cosmetic needs.