Combining a Neck Lift with Other Procedures

The neck is often one of the first areas to show signs of aging. The skin of the neck is very fragile, and can start to sag early—and aging can progress very quickly. An aging neck can make the entire face look much older, and for many people, the “turkey wattle” appearance and/or a double chin that goes along with the process is simply unacceptable. Fortunately, there is a procedure that is very effective for rejuvenating and tightening the neck area: the neck lift. However, many people don’t realize that this procedure is sometimes much more effective when it is combined with other surgeries or cosmetic treatment. So what are some procedures you should consider combining with a neck lift?

How a Neck Lift Works

There are several techniques and incision sites that can be used for neck lift procedures, but the main goals of the procedure involve the skin, fat, and muscles of the neck. Neck muscles often become loose over time, as well as the skin, particularly under the chin. During the surgery, both skin and muscles are tightened, and fat is removed or repositioned to achieve a smooth and youthful contour. Initial recovery for the procedure typically takes 7-10 days.

Popular Combination Procedures

The most common procedure to be combined with a neck lift is a facelift, whether that’s the classic full facelift, or a mini lift to address mild to moderate facial aging all over the face and neck.

Modern plastic surgery is particularly effective because of how customizable it is—a neck lift can be combined with any number of other procedures to address a person’s specific areas of concern. Anti-aging procedures that can be performed alongside a neck lift can include:

  • Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)
  • Brow lift
  • Facelift
  • Cheek lift
  • Facial resurfacing
  • Injectable fillers or Botox

As long as patients are healthy and have realistic expectations for the results of the procedure(s) a necklift can be combined with almost any facial surgery or procedure for comprehensive anti-aging.

When a Neck Lift Alone IS Enough

While many people do decide to combine other anti-aging procedures with a neck lift, there are some cases where a neck lift alone is the best way to address a patient’s problems. For people with sagging skin and other aging in the neck, but limited facial aging, a neck lift may be all that’s needed to achieve good results. Everyone’s aging process is different, which is why plastic surgery must be tailored to suit each patient’s individual needs.

Planning Your Procedure

If you’re considering a necklift with or without other procedures, then you’ll want to do extensive research before you move forward and begin to plan your procedure. Choosing your surgeon is the next step, and this will be the most important decision you will make involving your procedure. You will want to choose a board certified, dedicated, and skilled facial plastic surgeon to perform your surgery and set you up for success.

You and your doctor will carefully choose your procedures and make a plan for your surgery and recovery process. Don’t forget to be honest and ask lots of specific questions. Your surgeon will be your advisor throughout the process, so it’s important to choose a doctor with whom you have rapport.

Not sure where to start? Dr. Rami K. Batniji is a renowned, board certified plastic surgeon who focuses solely on facial procedures, specializing in anti-aging. If you would like to discuss your goals for plastic surgery with Dr. Batniji at Batniji Facial Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach (949-650-8882), or Beverly Hills (310-467-2180), CA, call either location today to schedule your consultation.