Neck Lift Austin is a perfect solution for individuals seeking to rejuvenate their neck and jawline area. This surgery effectively addresses signs of aging, such as sagging or loose skin, wrinkles, and loss of muscle tone, resulting in a smoother, more youthful neck contour. In Austin, TX, our neck lift procedures are performed by our skilled double-board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Ventaka Erella. He employs advanced neck lift techniques to minimize scarring and ensure a swift recovery.
Medically known as lower rhytidectomy, a neck lift surgery is a procedure designed to improve visible signs of natural aging in the jawline and neck by removing excess skin.
This procedure primarily targets issues like excess skin laxity in the lower face, causing the formation of jowls, as well as loose or excess neck skin and underlying muscle banding, all contributing to irregular contours. A neck lift’s primary purpose is to restore a more youthful and aesthetically pleasing appearance and enhance the overall balance of facial features, thereby boosting an individual’s confidence and self-esteem.
Our Neck Lift Austin process starts with an initial neck lift consultation where our double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Erella, discusses the patient’s goals and assesses their neck, skin, and overall health. A medical evaluation, including blood tests or a physical exam, is often necessary to ensure the patient’s fitness for surgery. We also review the patient’s current medications and supplements, advising adjustments or cessation to reduce surgical risks. Finally, our neck lift patients receive detailed pre-operative instructions covering diet, smoking cessation, and medication management, preparing them both physically and mentally for the procedure. Our commitment is to guide each patient through these steps, ensuring they are fully ready for their transformation.
The neck lift procedure begins with the administration of anesthesia to ensure the neck lift patient’s comfort and safety throughout the surgery. The type of anesthesia used, whether general anesthesia or intravenous sedation, is carefully chosen based on the patient’s health, the extent of the neck lift procedure, and individual preferences.
The incision technique is selected based on the desired outcomes and the patient’s specific anatomy. For a traditional neck lift, incisions might be made under the chin and/or around the ears, extending into the hairline. The incisions for neck lift are strategically placed to minimize visible scarring. In cases where less extensive modification is needed, limited incision techniques involve smaller incisions, primarily around the ear.
This step is crucial for achieving a more youthful and contoured neck appearance. Our surgeon carefully tightens and realigns the neck muscles, known as platysma muscles, to address issues like banding. If there is excess fat in the neck or under the chin, it may be removed through liposuction. This process is done with meticulous attention to detail to ensure a smooth, natural-looking contour.
After adjusting the underlying tissues and muscles, the surgeon carefully trims away the excess skin. This step is performed with an artistic eye, ensuring that the remaining skin lays naturally and enhances the neck’s overall appearance.
The final step involves closing the incisions. This is done with great care using sutures or skin adhesives. Our goal is to ensure optimal healing with minimal scarring. The suturing technique is chosen based on the incision type and the patient’s skin and is done in a way that promotes healing and minimizes the visibility of scars. Throughout the procedure, our team prioritizes patient safety and comfort, ensuring that each step is performed with the highest standards of surgical excellence. Post-operative care and instructions are provided to aid in a smooth and swift recovery.
Right after the surgery, it’s common to experience some swelling and bruising around the neck and possibly the face. The area may feel tight due to the newly repositioned skin and tissues. Patients typically wear a special compression garment to reduce swelling and support the neck as it heals. Pain is usually manageable with prescribed medications.
The final results of a neck lift are typically visible after several months once all swelling has subsided. Scars, if any, will fade over time but should be minimal and well-concealed. Keeping a consistent weight and adhering to a healthy lifestyle are key factors in extending the longevity of the results.
Throughout the recovery process, patients must keep in close contact with their surgeon, attend all follow-up appointments, and promptly report any concerns. Each patient’s recovery experience can vary, and personalized care ensures the best possible outcome.
Yes, a neck lift can indeed be combined with neck liposuction, which is particularly beneficial for patients aiming to address both sagging neck skin and excess fat in the neck area. This combination is highly effective for individuals with noticeable loose skin and excess fatty tissue in the neck. The neck lift focuses on tightening and removing the sagging skin, restoring a more youthful contour to the neck, while liposuction specifically targets the removal of excess fat, enhancing the overall shape and profile of the neck.
Additionally, combining a neck lift with a facelift is another popular option for those seeking a comprehensive rejuvenation of their face and neck. This combination is ideal for addressing aging signs not only in the neck but also in the face. While the neck lift targets the sagging neck skin and contours the neck and jawline, the facelift addresses issues like deep wrinkles, jowls, and loose or sagging skin in the mid to lower face. Together, these procedures can create a more complete and harmonious rejuvenation, resulting in a natural and balanced appearance.
Dr. Erella is a double board-certified plastic surgeon who proudly serves his patients in Austin, TX, and the surrounding communities. Dr. Erella’s enduring values of patient safety, outstanding results, and providing the highest level of patient care have elevated him to one of the most sought-after plastic surgeons in Texas. Treating patients as individuals first, Dr. Erella has always practiced with the philosophy that the patient’s goals, priorities, safety and well-being are the most important considerations.