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Neck Lift San Francisco

Many patients don’t need a full or lower facelift to address their needs.

While patients tend to worry more about signs of aging on the face, the neck can actually show its age even earlier. Those aging symptoms, such as thickened neck bands, “turkey wattles” and thin, crepey skin around the neck, are often a source of disharmony with an otherwise youthful and vibrant face. For patients that want to restore a youthful appearance to the neck area, a neck lift in San Francisco is an excellent treatment option.

Facial plastic surgeon Dr. Maas has performed dozens of neck lifts for patients in the San Francisco area, giving them a smoother, more youthful transition from the jawline to the shoulders. Dr. Maas provides a variety of techniques that allow him to tailor each surgery to the unique needs and desired results of the patient. In some cases, a neck lift is performed in combination with a facelift. Other times, the neck lift alone will provide the patient with the outcome they are looking for.

What is a Neck Lift?

A neck lift or cervicoplasty in the Bay Area is a surgical procedure that reverses the signs of aging around the neck. This surgery is performed in the office at the Maas Clinic using local anesthesia and a mild oral sedative in most cases. If the procedure is to be combined with a facelift, general anesthesia may be used instead. The neck lift has three basic components or options based on the specific concerns of the patient and the results to be achieved.

The first component of the neck lift is liposuction to remove submental fat from underneath the jawline that gives the appearance of a double chin. Submental fat is a common concern among patients because the extra volume under the chin can create an aged look and suggest the patient has gained weight even when they haven’t. Liposuction may be used to remove the excess fat cells in the area to ensure the smoothest possible contour when the neck lift is completed.

Neck liposuction is performed using a small incision hidden in a crease under the chin. Through the incision, Dr. Maas infuses diluted local anesthesia, which produces complete numbness during the procedure and breaks up any fat globules before the removal process. This approach, known as tumescent liposuction, also effectively minimizes bleeding during the procedure and bruising afterward.

Once the anesthesia is in place, a small cannula is used to create dozens of tiny tunnels or tracts that stimulate a wound healing and contraction process. The cannula also gently suctions away excess fat cells to create a slimmer, more contoured transition from the jawline to the neck.

If horizontal neck bands known as platysmal bands are present, they are addressed using a combination of two special techniques – myotomy and corset platysmaplasty. These procedures reduce the thickness of the hypertrophic muscles to provide an angled contour to the neck when seen in profile view. Dr. Maas actually achieves this by carefully releasing the bands without causing any unnecessary bunching or heathering effect, smoothing away the bands and providing a more attractive profile.

Finally, an incision is made behind the ear and into the hairline. Through this incision, Dr. Maas removes loose redundant skin, elevating and pulling up the remaining skin achieve a smooth and youthful contour to neck. This procedure also reduces the appearance of crepey skin in the front of the neck that adds to the aged appearance.

Once the correction is completed, Dr. Maas uses small sutures and clips to close the incisions, taking care to minimize post-operative scarring even if it is disguised inside the hairline. The entire procedure usually takes just a couple of hours to perform and patients are able to return home the same day as their procedure.

Post Operative Care

Bruising and swelling are common after a neck lift, but can be managed with ice and elevation of the head and neck. Both side effects are relatively minor and will subside on their own within 2-3 weeks. Sutures are removed within a week or so after surgery. Patients are usually able to return to work within 1-2 weeks. However, strenuous exercise will likely be restricted for four weeks or longer to ensure full healing to the surgical site.

Many patients benefit from non-surgical procedures that improve neck skin texture and laxity along with their neck lift surgery. Dr. Maas offers ActiveFX, a revolutionary fractional laser resurfacing procedure, to improve the appearance of the neck. Velashape, a radiofrequency treatment, can also be used to address any minor skin laxity left behind after a neck lift. In addition, these procedures can be performed much later to help maintain the positive results of the neck lift and ward off the signs of aging for much longer

Dr. Corey Maas and the staff at The Maas Clinic look forward to answering any questions you may have about your neck lift in San Francisco. To schedule an appointment, please call (415) 567-7000.

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