Lower Face and Neck lift

Neck Lift Surgery in Huntington Beach and Newport Beach

The years add character to your appearance, but sometimes they detract from your youth and vitality by causing you to look older or heavier than you truly are. Some notice their neck and jawline aging faster than their face.

If you have jowls, a double chin, or a “turkey neck,” you already know that scarves and turtlenecks can only do so much to hide your sagging skin that has shifted downward. Our board-certified head and neck surgeon, Dr. Sarah Vakkalanka, can help address all these issues with a customized neck lift surgery. To learn more, keep reading, or call Allure Anti-Aging and Aesthetics at (714) 804-5460.

What Is a Neck Lift?

A neck lift is a rejuvenating surgery that improves signs of aging in the jawline and neck, including:

  • The appearance of a double chin or being overweight
  • Excess fat and skin laxity in the lower face that creates jowls
  • Loose or overly wrinkled neck skin, resulting in a “turkey neck”
  • Vertical muscle banding in the neck, which leads to irregular contours

Proven Benefits of Neck Lift Surgery

Dr. Vakkalanka takes a highly tailored approach to neck lift surgery based on each patient’s cosmetic concerns. For example, removing a sagging “turkey neck” requires a different surgical strategy than minimizing a double chin and enhancing the contours of the lower face. Some patients also wish to combine their surgical neck lift with other procedures available at Allure to achieve even more personalized results.

Am I a Good Candidate for a Neck Lift?

Overall, people who see the best results from their neck lift surgery are adults in good physical and mental health who don’t smoke and have realistic expectations for what this procedure can accomplish.

If you feel your lower face and neck have aged more rapidly than your face, and you don’t have any health concerns that would impair healing or create surgical complications, you are probably well-qualified for neck lift surgery. During a one-on-one consultation, Dr. Vakkalanka will determine if there are any factors that disqualify you from getting a neck lift.

What to Expect During a Neck Lift Surgery

First, Dr. Vakkalanka will sedate you to ensure your comfort during the process. If you want to remain asleep during the procedure, you should request general anesthesia. Otherwise, you can choose local anesthesia with sedation. Dr. Vakkalanka can help you decide which option is better for you.

Depending on the extent of the concerns you’re addressing and the techniques Dr. Vakkalanka is using, a neck lift surgery usually takes between two and four hours to complete. If you’re adding procedures such as an eyelid lift, your operation may take a bit more time.

What to Expect After Getting a Neck Lift

A neck lift is an outpatient surgery, so you’ll go home the same day. Because the medicine we use to sedate you will make you sleepy, you will need to make sure your partner, a friend, or a trusted neighbor is available to drive you home after you get your neck lift. They will also need to make sure that you rest comfortably at home for at least the first 24 hours. We will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions that include when to return for follow-up appointments, how to keep your incision sites clean, and how to recognize signs of infection.

You will need to plan some downtime for recovery after your neck lift, but in most cases, you will be able to resume your regular daily activities after 10 to 14 days. Due to swelling, your neck may feel tight or numb; this is normal and not a cause for alarm. It may take several weeks or months for residual swelling and bruising to subside, after which you’ll be able to enjoy the visible improvements of your neck lift surgery. You can help minimize swelling by using ice packs and sleeping with your head elevated.

Maintaining Your Neck Lift Results

While a neck lift will leave you looking years younger and noticeably more revitalized, the results are not permanent. Even the most expertly performed surgery cannot halt the natural aging process. You may experience future age-related concerns, but a neck lift can give you an advantage by tightening loose skin and minimizing the sagging along your jawline.

You will enjoy your results for many years and can prolong them by routinely practicing good skincare habits. These habits include keeping your skin cleansed and moisturized, wearing sunscreen, and following a healthy diet and exercise plan.

Neck Lift FAQs

What else should you know before deciding if a neck lift surgery is the right choice for you? Below, we’ve provided answers to some typical questions.

Everyone experiences the signs of aging at different rates due to factors such as lifestyle choices and genetics. For this reason, your age isn’t a requirement for determining whether you’re ready for a neck lift. If the signs of aging around your lower face and neck are affecting your self-esteem, make an appointment with Dr. Vakkalanka to discuss your options.

Because all surgeries require the doctor to create incisions, some scars are unavoidable. However, Dr. Vakkalanka has the skill to make the smallest possible incisions in discreet locations, so they heal quickly. Dr. Vakkalanka will not leave any unattractive scars that detract from your neck lift results. For neck lifts, the most common incision sites are behind the ears and under the chin.

The enduring popularity of cosmetic surgery has led to many less qualified doctors advertising their ability to perform aesthetic procedures, even if their training was in a different discipline. However, neck lifts are intricate surgeries that require the eye of an artist and extensive training in anatomy to create natural-looking results. Dr. Vakkalanka, a board-certified surgeon, guarantees to focus on your satisfaction and safety.

Though you probably won’t be able to use health insurance to offset the cost of a neck lift, the surgery may be more affordable than you think. Most of our patients report high levels of satisfaction with their procedure that make them glad they invested the money in their self-esteem.

Typical neck lift results last 10 to 15 years, depending on how well you take care of your skin after surgery and your natural aging process. You can prolong your results with non-surgical touch-ups such as Botox and dermal fillers, as well as by practicing a healthy lifestyle.

Learn More About Neck Lift Surgery in Costa Mesa, Huntington, and Newport Beach

Allure Anti-Aging and Aesthetics serves all of Orange County with some of today’s most popular surgical and non-surgical offerings. At our physician-owned clinic, you will experience high standards of care and our holistic approach to wellness. If you’re ready to learn more about neck lifts or any of the other procedures we provide, please send us a note today.