Neck lift surgery may not be as popular as a facelift surgery, but its anti-aging benefits can be just as dramatic for the right candidate. Like most facial surgeries, a neck lift can be tailored to meet your unique needs and achieve your desired results. It is a delicate surgery to perform, but one that will help you to look rejuvenated and more youthful. Unfortunately, some prospective patients might get the wrong idea about neck lift surgery if they listen to critics who spread myths about the procedure. Learn more about the real facts by reading these top myths about neck lifts.
Am I a Candidate for Neck Lift Surgery?
Before we can tackle the myths, it’s important to get a handle on what the surgery involves and who it is meant to help. A neck lift surgery concentrates on the skin, muscle, and tissue of the neck, essentially the area just beneath your jaw extending to the collarbone. A facial plastic surgeon will perform the surgery by excising skin and fat, tightening muscles, and eliminating creases, sagging skin, fat deposits, and other issues. An aging neck can affect your whole appearance, so taking steps to reverse these effects can result in a more youthful look.
To be considered for a neck lift surgery, you should have some issues regarding the effects of aging on your neck already. Some patients as young as their 30s can benefit from mild tightening and fat removal, setting them up for a smooth transition in their later years. As a candidate, you should be in good overall health, not be a smoker, and have realistic expectations for your neck lift results.
Myth #1 – You Must Be Under General Anesthesia for Neck Lift Surgery
Despite the medical advances that have made general anesthetics much safer for use today, many patients still fear any procedure that will require its use. One myth about neck lift surgery is that it can only be performed using general anesthesia, but this is not true at all. While all patients, procedures, and surgeons are different, the majority of neck lift surgeries can be performed using a local anesthetic with IV sedation. While general anesthesia is still the best choice for some patients, the side effects common today are not life-threatening, often including nausea and grogginess. Talk to your plastic surgeon about the anesthesia that will be used for your procedure and any concerns that you may have.
Myth #2 – Having a Neck Lift Stops the Aging Process
It would be great if any facial surgery had the power to completely stop the aging process, or even pause it for a few years. Unfortunately, that’s not a possibility at this time, not even through a neck lift surgery. While contouring the neck can’t prevent you from seeing other aging problems in the future, it can give you a head start fighting them. Once you erase those years from your neck, they won’t come back. That means you’ll always look up to 10 years younger than you could and that’s as close as you can get to freezing time.
Myth #3 – Your Neck Lift Results Are Permanent
Along the same lines, some patients expect that neck lift results will last forever. Just as aging can’t be prevented, the results of your neck lift surgery will still be affected by time and gravity. Sun damage, free radical exposure, creasing from movement, muscle banding, and other troubles can change the appearance of your neck, obscuring your results over time. Once you’ve recovered from your surgery, start taking good care of your neck with a proper skincare regimen, regular use of sunscreen, and other tips from your plastic surgeon. By caring for your neck, you can extend the life of your neck lift results.
Myth #4 – All Neck Lift Patients Are “Old”
Many prospective patients complain about their necks but they don’t think they’re old enough for neck lift surgery. It’s a common misconception that all anti-aging facial surgeries are reserved for patients of a certain age. Like a facelift or brow lift, the neck lift procedure can be performed on younger patients experiencing the early signs of aging. Many patients in their 30s and 40s are eligible for surgery as a preventative measure against further aging signs in the future. Talk to a board certified facial plastic surgeon to discover if you are eligible for surgery or other treatment options.
Myth #5 – Neck Lift Results Are Often Disappointing
Many prospective patients are hesitant to plan neck lift surgery because they’re worried about how well their results will turn out. By choosing an experienced facial plastic surgeon to perform your neck lift, you can safeguard your results from unwanted surprises or disappointments. Choose a practice with the ability to let you preview your results ahead of time and get a clearer look at what changes are possible. During your consultation, your surgeon will implement the new VECTRA 3D imaging system to model your results ahead of time. This innovative device gives your surgeon the ability to take a 3D photo of yourself and make the projected changes. It can eliminate any miscommunications between you and the surgeon, as well as help to keep you satisfied with your results.
Start Planning Your Neck Lift Procedure Today
Choose the right facial plastic surgeon to guide you through the neck lift planning process and toward your successful results. Dr. Ran Y. Rubinstein has been practicing in the Hudson Valley for more than 14 years and specializes in facial plastic surgery, nasal, and sinus disorders. He uniquely combines his medical and surgical expertise to help patients feel better and look better. He holds dual board-certification from the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and is an Assistant Professor at New York Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.