It’s all about your neck. The neck is one of the first areas to show signs of aging. Skin becomes saggy and fat deposits appear on the neck as we age.
Dr. Jonathan Kulbersh has received extensive training from renowned cosmetic plastic surgeons in Beverly Hills, and utilizes advanced surgical techniques to provide patients with natural-looking neck lift results. If you are considering a neck lift surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kulbersh today.
What is Dr. Kulbersh’s Philosophy for Neck Lift Surgery?
Dr. Kulbersh knows that everyone ages differently, and therefore provides his patients with a customized neck lift treatment plan. The goal of a neck lift surgery is to erase the signs of sagging neck skin and leave patients with a beautiful neckline.
As part of his customized treatment plan for neck lifts, Dr. Kulbersh provides patients with the option to not undergo general anesthesia during the procedure. Instead, a neck lift can be done under local anesthesia in order to meet the individual needs of each patient. During the procedure, a patient will receive medications to help him or her relax and will feel little discomfort during the treatment. In addition, forgoing general anesthesia in favor of localized anesthesia may result in a quicker recovery time following a neck lift. Regardless of the type of anesthesia, the surgery is performed at the same location.
Who is a Good Candidate for a Neck Lift?
Those who have loose skin on their necks that have lost its elasticity and have developed a “turkey neck” will benefit most from a neck lift surgery. Dr. Kulbersh will develop an appropriate treatment plan to correct your unique trouble zones.
How is a Neck Lift Performed?
In all of his neck tightening procedures, Dr Kulbersh believes lifting the deeper tissues, such as the SMAS, and not just the sagging neck skin, provides natural and long lasting results.
Using what he calls the “hammock maneuver,” as it is similar to tightening the sides of a hammock, Dr. Kulbersh begins the neck lift surgery by making a small incision that will be hidden underneath the chin. Next, he identifies and tightens the platysma, the muscle of the neck, to give an angled jawline. Finally, Dr. Kulbersh tightens the deeper tissue at and around the lower part of the ear to pull up the sagging tissue underneath the jaw line and chin. This technique results in a smooth and very defined neck and jawline.
Many patients will also opt to have excess fat on the neck and jowls removed with liposuction at the same time as the surgical neck lift to produce optimal results.
What is Neck Lift Recovery Like?
After surgery, Dr. Kulbersh will apply a dressing to protect the neck that will be removed the following day. The procedure is not particularly painful, but pain and anti-nausea medications will be prescribed. Patients should expect one to one and a half weeks of neck lift recovery time.
Neck Lift Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are the limitations of a neck lift?
A: While a surgical neck lift can tighten sagging skin and produce a beautiful jawline, it cannot erase sun damage. Many patients decide to also have a chemical peel or laser resurfacing treatment to remove sun damage and age spots from their neck. Combining a neck lift surgery and chemical peel or laser treatment will give patients optimal results.
Q: How long does a neck lift last?
A: The results of a neck lift last for approximately 10 years. Keep in mind that you will continue to age, so it is not possible to completely stop the skin on your neck from losing elasticity. If you maintain a healthy lifestyle and protect your skin from sun damage, you can extend the length of your neck lift results.
To schedule a neck lift consultation with expert plastic surgeon Dr. Kulbersh, call our office today.
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