Neck Lift in Cleveland, Ohio
Dr. Harmych is double board-certified and fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon, specializing in neck lift and facelift surgery in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Harmych is board-certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS) and the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. As a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, a large percentage of all procedures performed by Dr. Harmych are either facelift or neck lift procedures. Dr. Harmych does not perform any breast, abdomen or body plastic surgery and is a specialist in facial plastic surgery. A neck lift corrects loose skin in the neck, sagging skin along the jawline (jowls) and drooping of the lower face.
Neck and Facial Aging
Sagging skin or excess fatty tissue in the neck is often the result of aging and unfortunate inherited traits and disrupts the healthy, youthful neck and jawline contour associated with youth. Patients often refer to this as a “turkey gobbler” or “wattle” of the neck. Neck lift surgery rejuvenates the neck and jawline by repositioning or tightening the sagging neck muscles and removing excess fatty tissue and skin restoring neckline and jawline contour.
Who is a Candidate for Neck Lift Surgery?
Healthy men and women with appropriate expectations who are bothered by sagging skin and excess fat in the neck may be excellent candidates a neck lift. Facial rejuvenation surgery, including facelift and neck lift, is not intended to make patients younger but to turn their inner youthful selves outward. The most appropriate candidates are seeking subtle to moderate improvement that will prompt comments such as, “Have you been getting more sleep?” or “Did you take a vacation?,” indicating a natural, healthy, and rejuvenated look, as opposed to an unnatural, operated-upon appearance. The best candidates for neck lift surgery are those who are healthy, who do not smoke, and have realistic expectations. Neck lift surgery does not stop the aging process; it simply turns back the clock a few years. While the aging process naturally continues the neck will always appear younger and more youthful.
How is Neck Lift Surgery Performed?
Neck lift is usually performed under general anesthesia. The incisions are hidden in a natural skin crease beneath the chin and around the ears. In most neck lift procedures a small amount of neck liposuction is performed. The “lifting” or “tightening” is achieved by correcting the muscles of the neck. The incisions are closed with small sutures and a soft head wrap dressing is placed. To achieve the best results, neck lift may be performed in conjunction with other neck and jawline rejuvenation procedures such as chin and jaw augmentation, neck liposuction and facelift.
What is the Recovery like from Neck Lift Surgery?
Neck lift is performed on an outpatient basis with most patients returning to home within a few hours. The dressing is removed by Dr. Harmych on the day after the neck lift procedure. In Dr. Harmych’s experience, neck lift is not very painful. Prescription pain medication may be required for 1-3 days. After 10-14 days almost all patients feel confident returning to work and social activity. Most patients may resume full activity in about 2-3 weeks. Bruising and swelling are reduced and recovery time shortened with the use of homeopathic herbal supplements.