Neck lift surgery is a plastic surgery procedure designed to treat the laxity of the structures of the neck. Patients commonly undergo neck lift due to extreme weight loss and aging, both of which can loosen the muscles of the neck, displace fat, and lead to extra skin that sags. When a person has a cosmetic need for neck lift surgery, they often feel that the look of the neck detracts from the natural attractiveness of the face, creating a distortion among its features.
Neck and Head Size
Extra tissues can cause the neck to appear much larger than it actually is. Though the neck and head form different ratios depending on a person’s genetics, weight and workout habits, a large neck will minimize the size of the head and create a disproportionate ratio.
Chin and Jawline Irregularities
Because the neck meets with the lower section of the face, its form can directly affect the look of the jawline and chin. Extra tissues may take away from the anatomical structure of this area, making the chin appear weak. Even when extra skin and fat is surgically cut away, the lower face can lack the necessary aesthetic contours of an attractive face.
Procedures Combined with Neck Lift
Chin augmentation and other lower-face implants can restructure the jawbone and elongate the chin if extra emphasis is needed to create a more aesthetically pleasing look. When the lower face is augmented, in some cases rhinoplasty can be added to improve the overall profile.
Neck liposuction is sometimes performed alongside neck lift surgery to eliminate excess fat from the neck, often including the area under the chin. A micro cannula provides a safe way for patients to complete the restructuring of the neck area.
Lower face lift surgery, which focuses on the lower third of the face, is a great addition to neck lift surgery. This procedure may be necessary to provide the patient with a smooth transition from the new, youthful neck to the lower face. During this procedure, extra skin is removed, underlying muscles may be tightened, and fat can be liposuctioned or more uniformly redistributed throughout the area.
Patients have the opportunity to view their potential results through the use of Canfield VECTRA 3D Imaging. Dr. Rubinstein is able manipulate the software and show patients how each change is represented visually in their own face and neck. This is especially helpful when patients are deciding whether to undergo additional procedures during neck lift surgery.
Dr. Ran Y. Rubinstein, a fixture in the plastic surgery community of Hudson Valley, New York, for over 14 years, has formed his specialty practice around facial plastic surgery as well as nasal and sinus disorders. Melding his medical knowledge and surgical expertise, the doctor delivers both aesthetics and wellness to his patients. Dr. Rubinstein holds board certifications from the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. The doctor shares his experience with the next generation of doctors as an Assistant Professor at New York Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. Contact the doctor’s Hudson Valley office for a consultation at (845) 863-1772, or through the Patient Contact Form.