The neck is one of the first places where we show our age. As we age, excess fat can collect in various areas around the body and be can be very unsightly around the face and neck. These extra pockets of fat can cause double chins, a “turkey wattle,” vertica banding and horizontal creases – leading to an overall poor looking facial structure.

Facial flaws and signs of premature aging camouflage the spirit within you. When your appearance doesn’t reflect your true beauty, it can dampen your self-confidence and even influence the way others relate to you.

If you would like a tighter neck and jaw line, neck lift surgery or neck liposuction may be the cosmetic procedure that is right for you. Dr. Daniel Schneider at Riverview Facial Plastic Surgery is a board-certified specialist in St. Paul, who attracts patients throughout the state of Minnesota. If you are interested in a cosmetic procedure to enhance your neck, find out which of the two may be right for you.

What is a Neck Lift?

A neck lift, or lower rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that improves visible signs of aging in the jawline and neck, such as:
• Excess fat and skin relaxation in the lower face that creates jowls
• Excess fatty deposits under the chin
• Loose neck skin
• Muscle banding in the neck, which created abnormal contours

The procedure can include:
• Removing excess skin.
• Removing or altering neck muscles.
• Liposuction to remove excess fat.
• Botox injections to address problems with fullness.

Who is a Good Candidate for a Neck Lift?

In general, good candidates for a neck lift include:
• Healthy individuals who do not have medical conditions that impair healing.
• Non-smokers.
• Individuals with a turkey wattle that makes you look much older than your age.
• If you have lost the distinct jawline of your youth and want to restore it.
• Individuals with excess skin and wrinkles on the neck.

Advantages of Neck Lift

• Can significantly improve your neck and jawline
• Can be done as a stand-alone procedure if other facial surgery is not needed or desired
• Can provide you with a more youthful profile taking years and pounds off your appearance.

Disadvantages of Neck Lift

• Your neck may feel tight for months after surgery
• May make your other facial aging more noticeable if only the neck has been treated
• Recovery time requires you take time off work and limit strenuous activity for several weeks.

What is Neck Liposuction?

Neck liposuction is a surgical treatment that involves the removal of fatty deposits within the facial and neck regions to provide a rejuvenated appearance. Neck liposuction can be performed using local anesthesia.

Who is a Good Candidate for Neck Liposuction?

In general, good candidates for a neck liposuction include:
• Healthy individuals who do not have medical conditions that impair healing.
• Non-smokers.
• Individuals wanting to get rid of their double chin and fat deposits in the neck.
• Individuals who want to correct their lack of jaw definition.

Advantages of Neck Lipo

• The procedure can typically be done within an hour.
• Removes unwanted fat in cheeks, under the chin and on the neck.
• Usually involves fewer complications and fewer scars than neck lift.
• Can be performed without general anesthesia.
• Has a more rapid recovery.
• Can be combined with other enhancement procedures.

Disadvantages of Neck Lipo

• This procedure does not tighten excess skin.
• Does not alter or remove muscles for tightening.
• Typical patients are in their 20s through early 50s, as younger patients have good skin elasticity which is necessary for the skin to contract smoothly.

Your Initial Consultation Appointment

During your initial consultation, you will have the opportunity to discuss your cosmetic goals. Dr. Schneider will evaluate you as a candidate for a neck lift or neck liposuction and will clarify what each procedure can do for you. Understanding your goals and medical condition, both alternative and additional treatments may be considered.

You should come to the consultation prepared to discuss your complete medical history. This will include information about:
• Previous surgeries
• Past and present medical conditions
• Allergies and current medications

How Long Will Results Last?

Under normal circumstances, the results of your neck lift surgery will be long-lasting.

Limitations and Risk

Fortunately, significant complications from a neck lift and neck liposuction are infrequent. Your specific risks will be discussed during your consultation.

All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Some of the potential complications of all surgeries are:
• Adverse reaction to anesthesia
• Hematoma or seroma (an accumulation of blood or fluid under the skin that may require removal)
• Infection and bleeding
• Scarring
• Allergic reactions
• Damage to underlying structures
• Unsatisfactory results that may necessitate additional procedures

Riverview Facial Plastic Surgery

Dr. Schneider and his staff focus on providing comprehensive facial plastic and reconstructive surgery services and see patients at his private office just south of St. Paul in Lilydale and at Allina Health Bandana Square Clinic in St. Paul for reconstructive surgery services.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you would like to find out how we can help enhance and rejuvenate your appearance, call us today to schedule your appointment at (651) 493-8501.

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