How Visible Are Scars After A Neck Lift?

By: Dr. Shoib Myint


Most people would say the eyes are the first area to show the signs of getting older, and most would agree that the neck is right behind them. As a result of the natural aging process, the dreaded "turkey wattle," or loose skin below the chin, can be a common problem as underlying neck muscles weaken, and skin loses elasticity. A neck lift is a cosmetic solution to restore a more youthful-looking profile and rejuvenate a person's appearance. The experienced team at Myint Oculo Facial Plastic Surgery, led by Oculo Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Dr. Shoib Myint, has helped countless patients in Beverly Hills, CA and Las Vegas, NV achieve their cosmetic goals. Here is a quick overview of how Dr. Myint can help you obtain the profile you want and what to expect with neck lift scars.

How can I get rid of this double chin?

Neck lift surgery, also known as platysmaplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that tightens loose skin and the underlying platysma muscle to lift the neck area. It also simultaneously contours the jawline to give Beverly Hills, CA and Las Vegas, NV men and women a more defined profile. The neck area is made up of a band of muscles called platysma muscles. As we age, the thin skin that lays over this band of muscles begins to lose elasticity, causing the neck and the loose skin below the chin to look saggy or droopy. Hence, the term "turkey wattle" as it resembles a turkey's neck. It is a common issue, especially for women, with the natural aging process. However, it can be corrected with neck lift surgery.

How does neck lift surgery work?

Neck lift surgery recontours the neck area and gives patients a more defined jawline. During your consultation, Dr. Myint will examine and determine how your neck lift procedure will go for optimal results. In some cases, liposuction might be enough to contour the neck and remove unwanted fat to give a person's jawline more definition. When there are more significant aging signs, like loose skin and fat, a more comprehensive surgical approach is required. Neck lift surgery incisions will be made behind the ears and under the chin to tighten the underlying platysma muscles. Then, any excess fat (via liposuction) and skin will be removed to contour the area further.

What can I expect with neck lift scars?

The visible results from neck lift surgery are almost immediate, with patients noticing a dramatic change in their profile. During neck lift recovery, patients will experience some discomfort and swelling. The caring team at Myint Oculo Facial Plastic Surgery will provide thorough post-operative instructions. Patients are advised to abstain from looking upward to avoid putting extra strain on newly tightened neck muscles. Most patients generally return to work or other daily activities after two weeks or once cleared by Dr. Myint.

Neck lift scars, in most cases, are made behind the ears and under the chin. Neck lift surgery incisions are small, and once the procedure is complete, Dr. Myint will carefully close them to optimize the healing process. Most patients find their scars are barely noticeable. However, neck lift surgery incisions can take up to a year to fully heal.

Neck lift surgery can help you look and feel years younger. It is an excellent standalone cosmetic procedure or can be combined with other options, such as a facelift, brow lift, or chin implants to give patients an overall rejuvenated appearance. If you are looking for a plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, CA or Las Vegas, NV, and are considering neck lift surgery, contact Myint Oculo Facial Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation with Dr. Shoib Myint today. He will help you take the first step to get the profile you deserve.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.