Necklift: Remarkable Results

The signs of aging appear not only on your face, but also on your neck. Just like the other parts of your body, sagging skin and wrinkles can make you look and feel much older. Unfortunately, there are no special exercises to improve the tone of your neck. There’s also not very much you can do to conceal the appearance of your neck. As a result, many men and women resort to wearing turtlenecks and scarves to hide the problems with their necks.

A necklift improves the overall tone and appearance of your neck and addresses problems such as “turkey neck,” excess fat and loose skin. Board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Farzad R. Nahai, can help you create a more youthful appearance and feel more confident about yourself. Call The Center for Plastic Surgery at MetroDerm, P.C. to schedule a consultation today.

Candidates for a Necklift

  • Loose, sagging skin from under the chin
  • Visible vertical bands on the neck
  • Areas of fat under the chin (double chin) and on the neck

About the Procedure

Dr. Nahai performs necklift surgery as an outpatient procedure using general anesthesia. During the procedure, loose skin is pulled up, back and then removed. The neck muscles may be tightened or repositioned if needed. Incisions are hidden behind the ears thus providing a more youthful neck and jawline. It often accompanies a mini facelift or full facelift procedure for a more comprehensive facial rejuvenation. After the incisions are closed, a compression bandage is placed over the surgical area and worn for at least one week. Patients may experience bruising and swelling after the procedure and symptoms should last only a few days. Tightness, tingling, pulling, numbness and burning are also common symptoms that should resolve within a few weeks of surgery. Most patients return to normal activities after 10 to 14 days, although more strenuous activities should be avoided for at least three weeks.

Aftercare and Recovery

After the procedure, Dr. Farzad Nahai will apply a loose-fitting dressing. Because a necklift is considered to be an outpatient procedure, patients can begin the recovery process in the comfort of their own home the same day as surgery. Typically, there is little to no discomfort after surgery; however, if pain is present it can easily be controlled with over-the-counter medication. Discoloration and bruising is a normal part of the recovery process and generally fades away within seven days. Dr. Nahai recommends the following aftercare guidelines to help facilitate the recovery process:

  • Clean incisions with hydrogen peroxide daily.
  • Apply antibiotic ointments to incisions daily.
  • All stitches will be removed in 4-8 days.
  • Wear the chinstrap provided as much as possible for 1 week after leaving surgery center.
  • DO NOT wear earrings for three weeks after surgery.
  • Recline in a face-up position at a 45-degree angle for at least two weeks.
  • Shower with lukewarm water starting 48 hours after surgery.
  • No heavy exercise for 2 weeks.
  • Keep scheduled follow-up appointments following surgery.

Contact us at The Center for Plastic Surgery at MetroDerm, P.C. to find out if you are a candidate for the necklift procedure. Dr. Nahai serves patients around the metro Atlanta, GA area including Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Roswell, Milton, Alpharetta, Brookhaven, and Buckhead.