For a neck lift and facelift, Dr. Machado uses techniques that are much more sophisticated than those used in the past. When performed properly, a neck lift or facelift can have a profound anti-aging effect that makes you look like a younger version of yourself. Dr. Machado uses a comprehensive approach to facial surgery that addresses not only the skin, but also the underlying muscles, fat, and fascia in order to create more natural-looking, longer lasting changes.
Our face and neck lift patients can choose from many different procedures to restore a younger look. Your surgeon may recommend combining these treatments for more significant results, or they may suggest additional facial procedures like liposuction or eye lift.
A facelift, or rhytidectomy, improves the appearance of the lower two-thirds of the face by tightening sagging facial muscles, smoothing wrinkled skin, and removing excess fat. This procedure is often combined with a neck lift for improvements under the chin. The surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia, and takes 4 to 6 hours to complete depending on the extent of the procedure.
Facelifts can provide lasting improvements that may remain for 5 to 10 years. Patients often find that regaining their youthful look enhances their self-esteem as well as their appearance. Unfortunately, the procedure can’t stop the natural aging process. Factors such as skin elasticity, exposure to the sun, and lifestyle choices (such as, smoking and weight changes) can affect the longevity of your improvements.
As we age, our faces and necks are affected differently. Some people develop wrinkling and sun damage on their entire face and neck. Some people seem to lose facial fat, while others accumulate fat on the neck and maintain good skin tone. However, some may develop more exaggerated signs of aging on their neck.
Neck lift surgery corrects the signs of aging on the neck and jaw line. It often accompanies a facelift surgery for a more comprehensive facial rejuvenation. The benefits of neck lift surgery include:
- Removing loose, sagging skin from under the chin
- Correcting visible vertical bands on the neck
- Eliminating areas of fat from under the chin (double chin) and on the neck
- Restoring a smooth, youthful-looking neck
Neck lift surgery can be done as an inpatient or outpatient procedure. Loose skin is pulled up and back and removed; neck muscles are often tightened as well. The incisions are hidden inconspicuously behind the ears. The result is an enhanced, more pleasing neck and jawline.