Types of neck lifts
Dr. Brace offers a variety of neck lifts depending on the factors at play. These include:
A neck lift is a procedure that addresses fullness, sagging skin, and/or muscle banding of the neck under the chin. In isolation, this is not a very common procedure but it is often combined with a facelift. There are a variety of techniques used to address the neck.
A consultation is the first step for any surgical or non-surgical treatment to the neck. During a consultation Dr. Brace will assess your facial skeleton, your airway position and the factors negatively affecting the appearance of your neck. Photographs will be taken to discuss your concerns. Dr. Brace can then recommend an appropriate treatment to create the best neck lift result for your anatomy.
Treatments like Belkyra injections or Profound are done in office and require time to see the results. Belkyra injections typically require 4 treatments, 6-8 weeks apart to see an acceptable result. Profound is a single treatment but takes 6 months to be fully realized. Both treatments create significant swelling under the chin during the first 5-10 days and initially worsen the appearance of a double chin. These procedures, although non-surgical usually require planning for some social downtime in the initial days after treatment.
Surgical procedures are performed in the operating room and can be done under general anesthesia or IV sedation with local anesthesia. Dr. Brace will recommend what is best for you and can discuss the treatment in detail.
Liposuction is done in hospital in most cases under anesthesia and usually takes 1 hour. Tiny 3mm incisions are made, one under each ear lobe and one under the chin. A minimally traumatic microliposction cannula is used to remove fat after the area under the chin.
The incisions are closed with a single dissolvable stitch in each. A compression dressing is applied. Bruising in the neck is common and resolves during the first 2 weeks. Results are visible around 1 month and are fully seen once the swelling resolves at 3 months.
A Grecian Urn direct neck lift is more common in men who want to remove their ‘turkey waddle’ with minimal downtime. This procedure involves excision of the skin under the chin to a level just above the Adam’s apple. It is usually done under local anesthetic and creates a vertical scar with a zig-zag appearance in its mid portion. Sutures are removed 1 week after surgery and bruising is minimal and resolved by 2 week. Whiskers can camouflage the scar as it heals. The results are immediate. Dr. Brace provides pulse dye laser treatments and injections to manage the scar as it is healing. It takes a full year for any scar to fully mature into a thin, white and pliable line.