Necklift Surgery Washington DC

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We offer Necklift Surgery Washington DC in Washington DC at Cultura Dermatology & Plastic Surgery Center, 5301 Wisconsin Avenue NW Washington, DC 20015.

Over time, muscles in the neck separate and descend, fat accumulates under the chin, and collagen and elastin decrease. As a result, the neck starts to sag, making women and men look much older.

The good news is that necklift surgery can counteract these signs of aging and restore a tighter, firmer, and more youthful appearance to the neck.

Continue reading to learn all about necklift surgery with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kelly Bolden and what patients can expect should they decide to undergo this procedure.

What Is Necklift Surgery?

Necklift surgery is an outpatient surgical procedure designed to rejuvenate the neck and improve its appearance. It’s designed to correct three factors that contribute to signs of aging on the neck.

These include mild to moderate skin laxity, excess submental fat, and separation and descension of platysma muscles in the neck.

Your Neck Lift Consultation with Dr. Bolden

At Cultura Plastic Surgery, your consultation for a neck lift will be with Dr. Kelly Bolden.  Dr. Bolden will go through the neck lift procedure in detail, including varying techniques to best achieve your treatment goals.

She will address all your questions to ascertain your specific needs. Together, you will decide the approach to giving you the best, long lasting surgical results.

Your surgery will take place on site, in our certified surgical suite at Cultura Plastic Surgery Center in Washington DC.  

Who Is a Good Candidate for a Necklift?

Many patients who decide to undergo necklift surgery are healthy adults who would like to slim and sculpt their necks after developing excess hanging skin and/or fat due to aging or weight loss.

These women and men should have realistic expectations of necklift results and understand that the surgery is not meant to rejuvenate the face or jowls.  

Ideally, patients are not smokers or abstain from smoking four weeks before and after surgery.

How Is a Necklift Performed?

Depending on the complexity of the surgical procedure, Dr. Bolden may perform the necklift using local anesthesia and oral sedation or IV anesthesia. When a necklift is combined with other facial plastic surgery procedures, such as a blepharoplasty or facelift, general anesthesia may be required.

During the procedure, three incisions will be made - one under the chin and one incision behind each ear. These access points allow extraction of submental fat, tightening of platysma muscles, and removal of excess skin.

On occasion, some patients do not have excess neck skin, but rather only have excess submental fat and platsymal banding or laxity.  

If this is the case, the neck can be rejuvenated using liposuction and platysmal tightening via a single submental incision.  Additionally, some younger patients can achieve neck rejuvenation with liposuction alone.  

Upon completion, incisions are closed with sutures and bandaged.

Are Necklift Scars Visible?

Dr. Bolden employs great effort to strategically place all incisions in well concealed areas such that there is little to no visible scarring.  

In addition, Dr. Bolden will provide extensive instruction postoperatively regarding scar management to optimize the appearance of the scars.

What Can Patients Expect After Necklift Surgery?

After necklift surgery with Dr. Bolden, patients may return home and are advised keep their head elevated at all times, including when sleeping. They should also consume a liquid diet for the first 12-18 hours, and then transition to a soft diet for several days.

Most women and men experience minimal pain post-necklift, and discomfort can usually be managed with extra strength Tylenol or a mild narcotic.

The following day, the patient’s bandages are removed under the chin and the patient is placed in a compression wrap to assist with swelling and promote contouring of the neck. After five days, submental stitches are removed, and after seven-to-10 days, stiches behind the ears are removed unless they are absorbable. 

Bruising and swelling are normal and expected for the first week.  However, patients are typically able to return to work within a week of necklift surgery.

Some makeup may be needed to conceal any residual bruising.  The patient will frequently notice continued improvement in his/her neck contour for up to eight weeks after surgery.    

Interested in Necklift Surgery?

If you are considering necklift surgery, please call our office today to schedule a comprehensive consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kelly Bolden.

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Benefits
  • Counteracts signs of aging and restore a tighter, firmer, and more youthful appearance to the neck.
  • Rejuvenates the neck and improve its appearance.
FAQs

What Is Necklift Surgery?

Necklift surgery is an outpatient surgical procedure designed to rejuvenate the neck and improve its appearance. It’s designed to correct three factors that contribute to signs of aging on the neck.

These include mild to moderate skin laxity, excess submental fat, and separation and descension of platysma muscles in the neck.  

Who Is a Good Candidate for a Necklift?

Many patients who decide to undergo necklift surgery are healthy adults who would like to slim and sculpt their necks after developing excess hanging skin and/or fat due to aging or weight loss.

These women and men should have realistic expectations of necklift results and understand that the surgery is not meant to rejuvenate the face or jowls.  

Ideally, patients are not smokers or abstain from smoking four weeks before and after surgery.

How Is a Necklift Performed?

Depending on the complexity of the surgical procedure, Dr. Bolden may perform the necklift using local anesthesia and oral sedation or IV anesthesia. When a necklift is combined with other facial plastic surgery procedures, such as a blepharoplasty or facelift, general anesthesia may be required.

During the procedure, three incisions will be made - one under the chin and one incision behind each ear. These access points allow extraction of submental fat, tightening of platysma muscles, and removal of excess skin.

On occasion, some patients do not have excess neck skin, but rather only have excess submental fat and platysmal banding or laxity.  

If this is the case, the neck can be rejuvenated using liposuction and platysmal tightening via a single submental incision.  Additionally, some younger patients can achieve neck rejuvenation with liposuction alone.  

Upon completion, incisions are closed with sutures and bandaged.

Are Necklift Scars Visible?

Dr. Bolden employs great effort to strategically place all incisions in well-concealed areas such that there is little to no visible scarring.  

In addition, Dr. Bolden will provide extensive instruction postoperatively regarding scar management to optimize the appearance of the scars.

What Can Patients Expect After Necklift Surgery?

After necklift surgery with Dr. Bolden, patients may return home and are advised keep their head elevated at all times, including when sleeping. They should also consume a liquid diet for the first 12-18 hours, and then transition to a soft diet for several days.

Most women and men experience minimal pain post-necklift, and discomfort can usually be managed with extra strength Tylenol or a mild narcotic.

The following day, the patient’s bandages are removed under the chin and the patient is placed in a compression wrap to assist with swelling and promote contouring of the neck. After five days, submental stitches are removed, and after seven-to-10 days, stitches behind the ears are removed unless they are absorbable. 

Bruising and swelling are normal and expected for the first week.  However, patients are typically able to return to work within a week of necklift surgery.

Some makeup may be needed to conceal any residual bruising.  The patient will frequently notice a continued improvement in his/her neck contour for up to eight weeks after surgery.    

Treatment Type Plastic Surgery
Treatment Problem or Condition Neck Laxity, Sagging/Loose Skin
Skin Type Face/Neck
Brand None
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We offer Necklift Surgery Washington DC in Washington DC at Cultura Dermatology & Plastic Surgery Center, 5301 Wisconsin Avenue NW Washington, DC 20015.