Get a neck lift to get rid of a turkey or wattle neck – these are just some of the terms used to describe a crepey neck, which happens to as we get older as a result of aging skin and the force of gravity.
Mature skin loses elasticity as a result of our bodies producing less collagen and hyaluronic acid. Collagen is the main skin building protein and hyaluronic acid hydrates. Once these start to become less, the underlying structure of the skin begins to collapse, and the lack of hydration dries out the skin, leading to sagging, wrinkles and lines.
Other dynamics may make the problem worse, including smoking, sun damage and hereditary factors – some of which we can control, and some we can’t.
A neck lift may be a procedure you think may benefit from if you are self-conscious about deep lines causing bands around your neck, as well as loose and sagging skin in the throat area. It can also help to improve the lower face, including the loose skin and excess fat that cause jowls, and it can help to get rid of the excess fat under the chin that causes double chins.
It is quite often performed in conjunction with other facial rejuvenation techniques, including eyelid surgery or non-surgical treatments, where a full facelift is not required or wanted.
In common with many cosmetic procedures nowadays, the neck lift is tailor-made to correct your specific problems.
If your skin elasticity is good (i.e. it will ‘bounce back’ toward the muscle once any fat has been removed), and only fat needs to be removed rather than fat and excess skin, then liposuction alone may correct the problem. If this is the case, then it is usually the area under the chin where it is most effective, and a small incision will be made here to insert the liposuction tube and draw out the fat. There will be a small scar afterwards, which will be virtually invisible eventually.
If you have large amounts of loose skin, then more extensive measures are required, and a full neck lift will probably be the best option. For this surgical procedure, incisions are made either under the chin, or behind the ears, the fat and the excess skin removed, and the remaining skin repositioned and the wounds sutured.
After surgery you will be bandaged, and there may be wound drains in place to help take fluid away from the wounds. You will probably experience swelling, bruising and tightness, which will ease gradually over the following week or so.
Many people are able to continue with their everyday activities after a few days, and are usually out and about in public between one and two weeks. It may be helpful for the swelling if you sleep with your head higher up than normal after surgery.
Your neck may feel tight for several months, but eventually this will improve.
The ultimate cost depends on type of neck lift you have done, and where you choose to go. As an example, a neck lift in Mexico is around $2,000, compared to $5,000 in the United States and $2,300 in Thailand.