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Although people frequently worry about their faces showing signs of aging, the neck often starts to undergo undesirable changes earlier than the facial skin. As the skin around the neck loses its elasticity, it can start to become loose and droopy. This can result in a poorly defined jawline, a double chin, or the appearance of what’s known as a “turkey neck.” If you’re interested in an effective way to contour your neck and reduce the signs of aging skin, a deep neck lift could be an excellent solution.

What Is a Deep Neck Lift?

A deep neck lift is a surgical cosmetic procedure used to firm, sculpt, and define the neck. Typically, a deep neck lift is performed to reduce signs of aging in the neck area, such as loose, sagging skin. The procedure is also used to create a more defined, youthful-looking jawline and eliminate excess fat beneath the chin.

How Is a Deep Neck Lift Performed?

Typically, a deep neck lift surgery is performed using an incision beneath the chin, which can vary in size depending on the patient. If there’s excess fat that needs to be removed from the neck area, neck liposuction may be performed. However, if the patient has deeper fat to remove, it’s typically removed directly with excision.

Next, the underlying muscles and glands of the neck are adjusted as necessary to create a more youthful appearance. This may include tightening the digastric muscles in the midline of the neck, reducing the salivary glands under the jaw, and tightening the deep platysma neck muscle. The specific modifications made will depend on the unique needs and preferences of the patient.

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Benefits of a Deep Neck Lift

If you’re unhappy with the effects that aging has had on your neck and/or jawline, a deep neck lift could provide you with some or all of the following benefits:

  • Firmer, more youthful-looking neck skin
  • More sculpted and refined neck and jawline
  • Corrects loose, sagging neck skin
  • Increased self-confidence
  • Eliminates the appearance of a double chin or turkey neck
  • Increased wardrobe options
  • Results in minimal scarring

What Should I Expect During the Surgery?

In most cases, neck lift procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis, which means that you will be released to return home within a few hours after surgery, depending on how long it takes to recover from the anesthetic. Plan in advance to have someone drive you home after your procedure.

If you’re considering deep neck lift surgery, you can begin the process by sitting down for a consultation with Dr. Chang. During this meeting, Dr. Chang will ask you questions about your specific aesthetic goals and what you don’t like about the appearance of your neck. He’ll also discuss the surgery with you, answer your questions, and address any concerns that you may have.

Before he clears you for the procedure, Dr. Chang will need to know about your current health, medical history, medications, and any allergies that you have. If you and the doctor decide to proceed with the deep neck lift, he’ll work with you to create a personalized treatment plan that suits your unique needs. He will then give you detailed instructions about any preparations you need to make leading up to your surgery.

Typically, a deep neck lift will be performed as an outpatient procedure. To begin, you’ll be administered general anesthesia to render you temporarily unconscious. Once you’re sound asleep, Dr. Chang will make the incision under your chin and begin making the needed adjustments to your neck and jawline. Once the modifications are complete and the doctor is satisfied, he’ll close the incision with sutures, insert drains, and bandage the area. All in all, a deep neck lift usually takes around one to two hours to complete, and you should be able to return home within a few hours of the procedure.

How Long Is the Recovery Time?

After your surgery, you’ll need someone to drive you home and, ideally, spend the first night or two caring for you. You will likely experience some bruising and discomfort during the days immediately following your deep neck lift, and you’ll need to rest frequently for up to a week. During this time, you’ll have detailed instructions from Dr. Chang to ensure that you heal and recover properly. At some point, you will need to have a follow-up visit with him to ensure that everything is going smoothly with your healing process.

After about one week, you should be able to return to your normal routine. However, you’ll need to avoid strenuous exercise, heavy lifting, and looking down for a prolonged period for at least two weeks.

Am I a Candidate for a Deep Neck Lift?

Adults who would like to achieve a firmer, more youthful-looking neck area could be good candidates for a deep neck lift. To be an ideal candidate for the surgery, you should meet the following requirements:

  • Be in generally good health
  • Be free of serious medical conditions
  • Have loose skin around the neck and/or jawline
  • Have realistic expectations for the procedure
  • Be a non-smoker
  • Have the desire for a more defined neck and jawline

How Long Will It Take To See Results After a Deep Neck Lift?

After your deep neck lift surgery, the full results will become visible gradually. Usually, this process takes around four to six months. Additionally, the line from your incision should fade significantly over the first three or four months.

The longevity of your deep neck lift results will depend on your lifestyle and how well you care for your skin. In many cases, though, the effects of the surgery will last for a lifetime.

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Why Choose Dr. Chang for a Deep Neck Lift?

Dr. Christopher Chang is a highly talented plastic surgeon with an extensive resume, both academic and professional. He is widely considered to be one of the top plastic surgeons in the region, and he takes great pride in providing patients with consistently excellent, natural-looking results. Dr. Chang brings precision, attention to detail, and artistic vision to every surgery he performs. He and his team are extremely skilled at getting to know a patient, understanding their needs and goals, and helping them achieve those goals. Throughout the process of your deep neck lift, Dr. Chang will ensure that you have a comfortable, stress-free experience and are treated with compassionate care and respect.

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