When it comes to signs of aging, no part of the body is immune. While many individuals are concerned about wrinkles, fine lines or age spots on the face, these changes can also occur on other parts of the body that aren’t typically targeted for beautification treatments. One example is the neck, where wrinkles or sagging skin can easily give away a person’s age. Many patients who undergo facelift surgery also choose to have a neck lift procedure — for a more comprehensive outcome. A neck lift raises the skin of the neck, eliminating saginess and excess fat while reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Dr. Rafael Cabrera is an experienced facial plastic surgeon in Boca Raton who performs this sophisticated treatment to help patients look young and vibrant.
More about Neck Lift
While neck lift surgery can be performed on its own, it is typically performed simultaneously with another facial rejuvenation procedure, most commonly facelift. A neck lift eliminates excess fat or drooping skin and tightens the skin around the neck. In some cases, a muscle repair, known as a platysmaplasty, is needed for full neck correction. While some neck rejuvenation results can be accomplished with procedures such as liposuction, complete neck lift surgery involves the removal of excess skin, fat and muscle repair as well. A neck lift in Boca Raton can eliminate the appearance of “banding” on the neck. It can also help patients look younger by reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Neck Lift Candidates
Neck lift is ideal for patients who are unhappy with the appearance of their neck, whether due to excess fat or signs of aging. During your consultation, Boca Raton neck lift surgeon Dr. Rafael Cabrera will evaluate your facial features and determine if the treatment is a good option for you. He will also discuss the procedure and address any questions or concerns you may have. Patients who undergo neck lift surgery are typically in their mid-20s to late 70s. Neck lift is often appropriate for patients who:
- Are experiencing signs of aging such as loss of skin elasticity, sagging skin, wrinkles, etc.
- Have excess fat on their neck
- Are in good overall health
- Do not smoke, or are able to quit smoking for a period before and after treatment
- Have realistic expectations regarding the outcome of the procedure
Neck Lift Procedure Details
Neck lift is a complicated procedure that is performed under local anesthesia with oral sedation at Plastic Surgery Specialists of Boca Raton’s accredited and licensed surgicenter. Dr. Cabrera is one of few surgeons to use the one-pill sedation method, which is the safest and most convenient anesthetic approach. The procedure typically takes about one hour, although it may take longer when combined with other surgeries such as facelift, ear surgery or brow lift. Your surgeon will first make several tiny incisions around the neck and along the jawline. He will then access the tissues of the neck through these incisions, remove skin and fat, repair muscle and reposition the tissues for an aesthetically pleasing look. Once this is complete, the incisions will be closed with sutures, at which point the treatment is complete. Dr. Cabrera’s meticulous placement of the incisions helps ensure that no visible scars are present after surgery.
Plastic Surgery Specialists of Boca Raton is also pleased to offer the innovative no-incision neck lift procedure. Using the iGuide Surgical Suture System, Dr. Cabrera can perform neck lift surgery without the need for general anesthesia. This is done by placing suture support systems with a series of needle punctures, thereby reshaping the muscles of the neck without invasive cutting. The iGuide is also used for other procedures such as brow lift.
Patients who undergo neck lift in Boca Raton will experience some swelling and bruising in the days following the procedure. This should subside within one week, and any mild discomfort can be treated with medication, as recommended by Dr. Cabrera. Patients should also avoid any strenuous activities, particularly lifting heavy objects, for at least two weeks after surgery. Our surgeon provides patients with thorough post-operative instructions and are available around the clock to address any questions or concerns that may arise during recovery. In addition to offering a state-of-the-art recovery suite, Plastic Surgery Specialists of Boca Raton is staffed with highly trained surgeons who can accompany you home and provide superior care during your recovery.
Schedule a Neck Lift Consultation Today
While it is usually not the first part of the body people think about when considering plastic surgery, changes to the neck can help patients look youthful and rejuvenated. As an experienced Boca Raton plastic surgery provider, Dr. Cabrera often performs this procedure as part of a comprehensive facial rejuvenation treatment, making the results of facelift and other cosmetic procedures, such as cheek lift or The SmarterLift™ look natural and attractive.
Each year, he is visited by many patients who are seeking the very best in facial cosmetic surgery. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your neck and are interested in learning if neck lift surgery may be for you, contact Plastic Surgery Specialists of Boca Raton today to schedule a consultation.