Blog posts in category "Neck Lift"
Improving a Poor Neck Lift Result With Revision
Are there non-invasive options for a traditional neck lift? What are the differences and benefits to neck liposuction versus neck lift or iGuide to get rid of a sagging neck or double chin? San Francisco plastic surgeon Dr. Roy Kim explains your neck rejuvenation options.
Say goodbye to neck “turkey wattle” with a new minimally invasive procedure called iGuide. San Francisco plastic surgeon Dr. Roy Kim explains how iGuide offers the benefits of a neck lift without the pain, swelling and down time. October 2011
How a Plastic Surgery Face Lift Can Help You Look More Youthful and Vigorous
Gone are the days of plastic surgery face lifts that made patients look like they had just taken a ride in a convertible F-16 fighter jet. When people think feel nervous or anxious about how they will look after facelift surgery, they usually have a mental picture of a “bad” celebrity facelift. Think Kenny Rogers, Rupert Everett, Joan Rivers, Donatella Versace, etc. What most patients don’t realize is just how many celebrities have had great face lifts. That’s because the results are natural and leave them looking amazing instead of….well, weird.
Before considering a plastic surgery facelift, it’s important to find a facial plastic surgeon that specializes in facelift surgery and the newest face lift techniques. I can create a customized plan for you, including alternatives to a traditional plastic surgery face lift such as a “weekend facelift” or a “mini-lift” (keep reading to see if you might be a good candidate for these less invasive procedures).
Most patients will need a combination of treatments, but the following list might help you understand which treatments will .
Common symptoms of aging and which cosmetic treatments might best treat them:
Symptom: Forehead wrinkles
Symptom: Wrinkles between the eyebrows, also called glabella lines
Symptom: Cheeks not as full, fat that used to be on the cheek slides down the face
Treatment: Dermal filler, fat grafting and/or face lift depending on severity
Symptom: Jowling or loose skin along the jawline
Treatment: Neck lift and/or liposuction
Symptom: Hollow looking eyes
Treatment: Dermal filler, fat grafting and/or face lift depending on severity
Symptom: Eyebrow position too low
Treatment: Eye lift, also known as brow lift
Symptom: Loose skin in the upper and lower eyelid areas
Treatment: Eye lift, often in combination with a full face lift
Symptom: Loose skin around the neck
Treatment: Neck lift
Symptom: Double chin, extra fat under the chin
Symptom: Deep nasolabial folds, the lines running from the corners of the nose to the corners of the mouth (also called smile lines or parentheses)
Treatment: Dermal filler, fat grafting and/or face lift
Symptom: Sun damage, dark spots and sun spots on the skin or melsasma (dark skin blotching) from pregnancy
Treatment: Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), chemical peels, laser resurfacing
When to consider a “weekend” face lift? And At what Age?
Keeping in mind that a “weekend” face lift is not really a face lift, you should consider it when you have no “major” signs of aging and will be happy with subtle results.
A weekend face lift, also known as a liquid face lift, is clever marketing to help convince some patients that dramatic results can be achieved with no scar, no recovery and no significant price tag. In reality, it is simply the use of non-surgical facial fillers, Botox and laser resurfacing to achieve a younger look. It can be a great alternative for those patients who are younger than 40-45 years of age, don’t have the resources for a traditional face lift, or don’t have the time for a 7-10 day recovery.
When to consider a mini face lift? And at what Age?
A mini face lift (not a real medical term, but rather a reference to the length of the incision) is a good option for patients who don’t have much loose skin and who don’t need a neck lift. It can usually be performed in an office or operating room without the need for general anesthesia, and it offers a quicker recovery time.
Unfortunately, most people are not candidates for a mini facelift. They usually have more skin than the procedure can accommodate, they also need a neck lift, or they need more adjustment to their SMAS (superficial musculo-aponeurotic system) than can be accomplished with a mini lift. Typical candidates are 45-55 years old.
When to consider a plastic surgery face lift? And at what Age?
If your skin needs tightened and your face requires more fullness in your cheek and eye areas or if your neck and chin are sagging, you should consider a plastic surgery face lift. If your symptoms can’t be significantly improved or have a long-lasting result with diet and exercise or less invasive procedures, you should consider a plastic surgery face lift. Typical face lift patients are 45-65 years old. The benefits of a plastic surgery face lift are many, but the biggest reward is a youthful and vigorous appearance that is natural and long-lasting.
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A sagging neck is a visible sign of aging, and the neck is one of the first areas of the body to exhibit what time and gravity can do to your skin elasticity. If you have lost a substantial amount of weight, you may also find unwanted band lines, excess skin, or excess fat in the neck area. There are several non-surgical and surgical options to restore the suppleness in the neck and rejuvenate your skin.
People who prefer a less drastic option to surgery can undergo laser therapy, chemical peel (usually glycolic acid, TCA, or phenol), or a specialized skin care regimen to help tighten the skin around the jaw lines and neck. They work well for minimal skin sag or to address the early signs of loose neck skin. However, none of these non-surgical approaches work too well to achieve a desirable long-term result if you have moderate or significant signs of neck aging.
For moderate neck skin sag, there is the iGuide system. It is a minimally invasive technique used to define and sculpt soft tissues under the jaw line with special surgical needles and tools. Under sedation anesthesia, a continuous thread is weaved in a trampoline-like suture in your neck muscles and neck skin, tightening both structures at the same time. The iGuide system eliminates the need for cutting; hence, swelling and bruising associated with neck lift surgery are considerably reduced. Recovery time is also substantially improved as well- typically only 2-5 days off of work are needed.
People suffering from moderate to severe neck skin laxity can opt for a traditional neck lift procedure. A neck lift can be performed to remove excess skin, to remove excess fat deposits by means of a liposuction, or to alter neck muscles to reduce the banded appearance in the neck area. Typically, a successful neck lift leaves a patient looking thinner and younger, and with a more defined jaw line. With excess skin and fat removed, the neck area will appear to have fewer wrinkles, bands, and have a much more youthful appearance.
A neck lift is a surgical procedure that can tighten the loose skin of your neck. Often removal of some neck fat can be done, and the muscles of the neck are tightened as well. The incision can be placed in front of the ear, but usually, the incision is underneath the earlobe and extends behind the ear.
Most people need a facelift and a neck lift because that is the only way the jowl, chin line, and earlobe will look normal. If only a facelift is done, then the loose skin around the neck will detract from the overall result. If only a neck lift is done, an average patient will not have significant tightening of the loose skin of the cheek and jowl area, again detracting from the overall holistic result from facial rejuvenation.