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Our Bellevue neck lift resolves skin laxity below the chin and in the neck, as well as smoothing vertical muscle bands and removing unwanted fat under the chin. As we age, the skin and tissues of the neck become lax and loose, and can hang, stretch, and develop unsightly folds. A neck lift procedure restores a firm, defined youthful neck contour. Because of the combination of muscle tightening, fat removal, and often skin removal, a neck lift is a much more powerful procedure to achieve your goals than liposuction, which is only limited to fat removal. Non-surgical approaches to the aging neck are even less beneficial than liposuction and are usually disappointing given their minimal results. If you want the best-looking neck, a neck lift is something to strongly consider.

Correcting the effects of aging on the neck

Due to aging skin losing its elastic quality, along with fat accumulating beneath the chin, the neck can instantly give away your age. With a neck lift procedure, the excess hanging skin is removed with incisions near the ears and hairline, fatty deposits are removed, muscles are tightened, and a youthful definition is restored to the jawline.

If you have vertical muscle bands on your neck, these can be smoothed in a procedure called a “platysmaplasty” which is the muscle tightening component of a neck lift. After your recovery, your neck will appear young, firm and toned – not pulled or tight.

Am I a candidate for neck lift surgery?

Neck lift surgery is ideal for patients who have already tried non-invasive methods of tightening the skin and are seeking more dramatic and long-lasting results. The surgery can address not only sagging skin but also vertical neck banding, jowls, and a double chin. Good candidates are mentally and physically healthy non-smokers who are free from any significant medical conditions that might interfere with their treatment. They are positive and realistic in their outlook for their results.

The neck lift procedure

An isolated neck lift begins with the administration of anesthesia and takes about two hours. Incisions are placed in discreet locations under the chin and sometimes around the creases of the ears and hairline. These same incisions are used for both a neck lift and lower facelift when needed. The skin is elevated and the excess fat is directly removed. The muscles are then tightened and skin is removed if needed.

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What is the recovery period like?

You can anticipate some discomfort, particularly for the first two to three days. Pain medication will be prescribed to you to alleviate any pain or discomfort but usually Tylenol is adequate for pain relief. Mild bruising and swelling are common after surgery and should largely dissipate within the first 2-3 weeks. You will be able to shower within 3 days after surgery, and you will have specific after care instructions for keeping the incision sites clean.

You will be able to resume work within 2 weeks, although some people may need to recover longer before returning to work. Every person heals at a slightly different rate, but generally, within 2 weeks, you should be ready to reveal your more youthful, refreshed look with total confidence. People will think you look younger and that perhaps you have lost weight. But they will not think you have had surgery!

When will I see the results from a neck lift?

Within 1 month you should see excellent results of your procedure as your neck and face will have had enough time to heal, but the final full benefits will be seen 4-6 months after surgery.

Neck Lift FAQ's

What procedures can I combine with my neck lift?

A neck lift is often combined with a facelift to ensure a comprehensive, age-defying transformation. The surgery can also be paired with blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), a brow lift, rhinoplasty, facial implants, fat transfer, and non-invasive options such as laser skin resurfacing, dermal fillers or chemical peels. Our team will create a detailed, personalized plan for resolving all of your cosmetic concerns in the most efficient and cost-effective manner.

How do I prepare for a neck lift?

During your consultation, you will discuss your objectives and goals with the doctor in depth. You will need to disclose any medications, supplements or herbs you are currently taking. Before surgery, try to get adequate rest, drink plenty of water, and eat a healthy diet. You will need to arrange for transportation home from your surgery and make sure you schedule at least a few weeks off from work and other responsibilities. To prepare your home for your recovery you should have on hand some extra pillows, gauze, a thermometer, an ice pack, towels, loose, comfortable clothing, and antibacterial cream.

Will I have scars after my neck lift?

Your surgeon will go to great lengths to reduce scarring and ensure an aesthetically pleasing outcome. Incisions are made within the hairline, extending around the ears and to the back of the scalp. These incisions tend to be small in size, so they are well-hidden and discreet. You can use a medical-grade scar cream after surgery to help minimize their appearance even further.

Why you should choose Dr. Rand for your neck lift procedure

Dr. Rand and his team at Northwest Center for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery have been helping people to rejuvenate the appearance of an aging neck for two decades.

You can ask to review the extensive portfolio of before and after photos from previous patients. You’ll be amazed at what can be achieved by Dr. Rand.

Dr. Rand’s professional background includes serving as Chief of Plastic Surgery at the University of Washington Medical Center for a decade, after which he established the premier plastic surgery clinic in the Seattle area, Northwest Center for Aesthetic Surgery, a state-of-the-art clinic that provides world-class service, and has a reputation for results that appear completely natural. Dr. Rand specializes in rejuvenating the aging face.

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