Are the scars bad with a neck lift? What do the incisions look like after a neck lift?
What Do Neck Lift Incisions Look Like?
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Neck Lift Incisions Are Usually Very Well Hidden
Thank you for your question. Typically a Neck Lift involves well hidden incisions under the chin and behind the ear.
These are usually very well hidden.
Careful technique by an experienced Board Certified Plastic Surgeon should result in well healed incisions that are not noticeable.
If scars are red or lumpy, 1540 Fractional Erbium Laser Treatments can improve them dramatically.
Neck Lift Incisions
A neck lift means different things depending on your underlying anatomy:
- Small incision under the chin
- Limited incisions behind the ear only
- Incisions along face and neck
It is important that the surgeon adjust the surgery depending on the patient's individual anatomy and goals.
Neck lift incision appearance
Neck lift, what is it?
Some would say an incision below the chin to tighten the muscle (platysma) and remove fat.
Others would characterize it as a lower facelift that targets primarily the neck and jowl area.
Dr. Rand is spot on; if you choose an exceptional facelift surgeon, the scars should be minimaly perceptible or imperceptible.
A fantastic incision will not occur by accident. It will occur only when great attention is paid to preserving every detail of normal ear anatomy during the surgery.
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Neck Lift Incisions Placed Underneath the Chin
Neck Lift procedures are usually performed through an incision placed beneath the chin. In some cases additional incisions are placed behind the ear as well. These incisions are relatively short and tend to heal nicely. Scars are initially red, but over the course of time fade and become less perceptable. The vast majority of patients who undergo neck lift surgery are happy with their incisions and their result.
Neck Lift Incisions are Well Hidden
Neck lift scarring
A neck lift usually incorporates incisions around the ears and often one under the chin. These incisions usually heal very well.
Neck lift alone can be pretty inconspicuous incisions
Often a neck lift can be done with a 1" incision under the chin (blends into a crease) and two 2" incisions behind the ear in the sulcus (the crease where the ear meets the skull. These can all be imperceptible.
Neck lift incisions
The incisions for a neck lift are threefold. There are two incisions behind the ears that are approximately one-half-inch long and are hidden in the crease. The third incision is one-inch long and made underneath the chin area hidden in the submental crease. All of these incisions tend to be minimally noticeable a month after the neck lift procedure. A neck lift procedure does not address excess sagging skin in the neck, only the excess fat above and below the platysma muscle and tightens the platysma muscle in the front over the Adam’s apple.
Neck lift incisions should not be noticeable
Select an experienced facelift surgeon and the scars should not be noticeable. No matter if the scar is under the chin, behind the ear. We make the incision in front of the ear inside the ear so it doesn't show as well.
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