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Will a Neck Lift Only Help the Front of the Neck? What About Draping That Goes All the Way Around to the Back of the Neck?

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Will a Neck Lift Only Help the Front of the Neck?

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Thank you for your question. An exam with your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon will help you to determine how much of your neck will need surgery to correct the muscles and or skin at issue. Every neck presents a unique challenge, and is treated as such. I hope this helps.


Danville Plastic Surgeon
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Neck lift , Toronto plastic surgeon , Dr. Adibfar

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Hello;

The extent of the neck lift depends on your amount of neck muscle and skin laxity as well as any excessive deposits of sub mental fat both above and below the platysma.

A comprehensive neck lift involves a small sub mental incision to treat the fatty excess as well any platysmal banding/ laxity in the front as well as a behind the ear incision to treat any additional platysmal muscle laxity and removal of redundant skin in the back.

This incision can be extended into the hair line and hence should not be noticeable.

Thank you

 

Ali Adibfar, MD, DDS
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Neck lift versus face/neck lift

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  The neck lift  is a procedure to remove fat above and below the platysma muscle, and tighten the platysma muscle in the midline. A small amount of skin removal   can be performed when necessary.   A lower face and neck lift addresses tightening of the neck muscles in the front and the back part of the neck (underneath the jawline), tightening the jowls, tightening excess  facial and neck skin, and removal of fat above and below the platysma muscle in the front portion of the neck. For examples of the difference between face and neck lift and neck lift only, please see our  photo gallery link below

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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What does a neck lift do?

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It depends on what kind of neck lift you are having... if direct with incisions on the front of the neck, it will not address anything else.  If like a corset platysmaplasty, it will tighten skin around the neck (as would a facelift). 

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Necklifts Can Improve Both the Front and the Sides of the Neck

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As you have surmised, a face/necklift does not go all the way around the neck. Based on how far the incisions go into or along the occipital hairline, some improvement in the sides of the neck can be obtained.

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Will a Neck Lift Only Help the Front of the Neck? What About Draping That Goes All the Way Around to the Back of the Neck?

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     An isolated neck lift will only address the front of the neck.  A lower face and neck lift will help redrape the skin at the sides of the neck, but the back of the neck is not an area addressed.  Find a plastic surgeon with ELITE credentials who performs hundreds of neck lifts, facelifts, and facial procedures each year.  Then look at the plastic surgeon's website before and after photo galleries to get a sense of who can deliver the results.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

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Necklifts treat the front and sides of the neck

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Hi Curious.   A properly performed necklift will address redundant skin, excess fat and bands of muscle in front of the neck, and to the sides.  The back of the neck is not usually addressed. In my opinion, the best way to learn if your specific concerns can be corrected is to see your plastic surgeon.

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