Neck Lift Increases in Popularity

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While the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) counted heads to find that 15.1 million people had cosmetic surgery during 2013, they also learned the neck lift procedure was on the upswing.
And it’s no wonder. The neck is the first to show normal aging that most would rather do without. About 55,000 mostly women and some men had the procedure in 2013, a six percent increase over 2012 neck lift patients.

While some plastic surgery patients have a face and neck lift together, many have only Neck Sculpture
It seems like Mother Nature has an issue with the human neck. Neck skin is different than, say, facial skin, plus the success of any neck lift depends on the skin’s elasticity.

So when fat deposits form in the neck, and stretched neck muscles start showing and sagging through thin neck skin, many take care of the neck area only.

Depending on the severity of the sagging, a cosmetic plastic surgeon starts a Neck Sculpture with an incision hidden under your chin to reach fat deposits and those two bands of muscles – the platysma – running from your collarbone up to just under your chin. People in their late 20s and 30s often have the procedure.

The stretched platysma muscles are trimmed and then sewn together so they no longer show. Very small liposuction devices remove fat while some stubborn fat deposits require surgical scissors. Finally, neck skin is re-draped.

Many patients in their 40s and 50s with a double chin opt for Neck Sculpture. Afterwards, you can go back to work in five to seven days.

For a more aged neck with serious wrinkles and more sagging, a more extensive Neck Lift is required. Incisions are also made around the ears (hidden in the hair line) to trim away sagging flesh. A Neck Lift is best completed with several nights in a recovery center.
Due to the longer, more extensive surgery, a return to normal activities requires 14 days.
If a patient’s profile is not balanced, a chin insert can be added during both procedures.
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Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon