Direct Neck-Lift Procedure Avoids A Facelift
Posted: 12:01 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019
By Anita Mandal, M.D.
Question: I have a “turkey gobble” neck. My face looks fine but my neck really makes me look aged. I don’t want a facelift as it’s too aggressive. I also don’t want the extensive recovery, anesthesia and risk associated with it. Is there any other option that is not as invasive as a facelift?
Answer: If you prefer not to have a facelift, there are several options. You may be a candidate for the Infini RF which non- surgically lifts and tightens sagging skin of both the face and neck. Infini RF works best on patients with mild to moderate sagging but can give some improvement with more significant sagging.
If you are open to less invasive surgery, the direct neck lift is another option. Unlike the extensive ear incisions with a facelift, the direct necklift involves making a Z-plasty incision in the front of the neck to remove excess skin, muscle and fat.
Because of special suture techniques used to close this incision, the scar may fade over time to become unnoticeable.
Compared to a facelift, direct necklifts have the benefit of a smaller area of surgery limited to the front of the neck, much shorter incisions, local anesthesia if the patient is a candidate, less recovery and lower risk. Patients with heavy jowls or muscle and skin extending to the lower neck near the thyroid may not benefit from this procedure.
If you have a “turkey neck”, are open to less invasive surgery and don’t have significant sagging of the jowls in your lower face, you may benefit from a direct neck lift.
The most suitable way to determine if you are a candidate is through a consultation with a Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon who understands the complex anatomy of the aging neck and has expertise in the full range of neck-lifting procedures.
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