One of the unfortunate signs of facial aging is developing a sagging neck and ill-defined neck and jaw line. And, it’s often hereditary. If your mom or dad were faced with this challenge, chances are good that you will be too. The surgical procedures we utilize to fix these problems are a combination of a neck lift to tighten and reposition the tissues and liposuction to get rid of the excess fat. The outcome is a more defined neck and jaw line and a refreshed, more youthful appearance that can take years off of your face.
A neck lift is actually one of the components we perform during a full facelift procedure. It removes the fat, tightens the neck muscles and repositions the skin of the neck and jawline, giving a much more defined and youthful look to the neckline. A neck lift can be performed on its own; however, it is often done in conjunction with a full facelift and/or liposuction.
Liposuction is a key component procedure in neck rejuvenation by itself, with a neck lift or in combination with a facelift. With the increasing interest in this method of fat removal and the development of safer instruments, liposuction has proven to be an excellent partner that improves the results of procedures such as a neck lift or full facelift.
We use liposuction to enhance the results of a neck lift on those patients who have fatty deposits under the chin and along the jowl line. Liposuction can also be the sole treatment used for patients who are younger than the usual neck lift patient. Liposuction candidates are those who have skin with enough elasticity to reshape and re-contour the neckline. We typically use very tiny, small-diameter “cannulas” for delicate, smooth contouring of the lower face and neck.
Patients who undergo liposuction need to understand that it takes between six weeks and three months to achieve the best and desired results. This is due to the inherent nature of the procedure, which is breaking up the fat deposits and fat cells with a cannula and sucking out the loose fat. Because of the swelling and reduction in the number of fat cells, the results are mostly evident immediately post-op but become better with time.
Dr. Perkins utilizes computerized imaging photos so that his patients can see what their outcome will look like prior to scheduling their neck lift and liposuction surgery. They can compare these to their “before” surgery photos to get an idea of expected results. Computerized imaging is a tool that enables Dr. Perkins to get an understanding of his patients’ likes and dislikes as well as their desired expectations and surgical outcomes during the consultation process.