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Neck Lift & Neck Liposuction

neckilift procedure

Signs of aging are not restricted to the face; loose skin and substantial creases can also form around the neck area to contribute to an older appearance overall. Excess skin and fat beneath the neck may be attributed to genetics or weight fluctuations, as well as advanced aging. Loose skin that forms in the front of the neck is often referred to as a “turkey wattle” and can significantly affect both your look and your self-confidence. Horizontal banding is another common problem seen on the neck over time, making you self-conscious about wearing neck-revealing clothing in many cases.

Dr. Kenneth Yu offers a surgical neck lift for his San Antonio patients looking to turn back time in this area of their body. This procedure may be combined with neck liposuction that removes stubborn areas of fat and creates a smoother neck contour. These treatments offer dramatic, long-lasting results when performed alone or in conjunction with another surgical option like a facelift.

Benefits of a Neck Lift/Liposuction

  • There are a variety of potential benefits offered through a neck lift:
  • Removes submental fat underneath the chin that gives the appearance of a double chin
  • Creates a smoother, more defined transition between the lower jawline and the neck
  • Eliminates the loose skin in the front of the neck that leads to the turkey wattle
  • Reduces the appearance of horizontal banding by firming up neck muscle underneath
  • Eradicates stubborn pockets of fat in the neck to create a more streamlined contour

In addition to combining a neck lift with other surgical procedures, Dr. Yu can add nonsurgical treatments like laser skin rejuvenation or injectables to further enhance the results of your neck lift.

Candidates for a Neck Lift

You may be a good candidate for a neck lift if you are in reasonably good health, do not smoke and would like to improve the contour of the neck and jawline. This procedure works well on patients that have too much skin laxity to adequately treat through nonsurgical treatments alone. If you want to find out if you are a good candidate for this surgery, schedule your consultation with Dr. Yu today to determine whether a neck lift would give you the results you want.

Neck Lift Procedure Details and Recovery

Dr. Yu performs his neck lifts on an outpatient basis using general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. The procedure will likely be done in the operating room of a nearby hospital to ensure your safety and comfort throughout. Dr. Yu places small incisions within the hairline and behind the ear to minimize visible scarring afterward. Through the incisions, he removes excess skin, fat and tissue to sculpt a smoother, sleeker neckline.

Most of Dr. Yu’s patients take about one week off work and other activities to recover from a neck lift. During this time, you will likely experience some bruising, swelling and soreness, which can be managed with medication, ice packs and homeopathic remedies recommended by Dr. Yu. Once you have fully healed and your results become apparent, they should last for many years.

The neck is an area that is often overlooked, but the signs of aging can become very prominent here. By reversing those signs with a surgical neck lift, Dr. Yu can turn back the clock on your appearance and restore your confidence in your looks. To learn more about your choices in a neck lift, contact Dr. Kenneth Yu Plastic Surgery today at (210) 876-6868.

*This content was reviewed by Dr. Kenneth Yu, a double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon specializing in head and neck surgery (otolaryngology). His practice — Dr. Kenneth Yu Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery — proudly serves the San Antonio and Austin communities.