A neck lift is a way to reduce the signs of aging while improving the angle between the chin and neck to improve appearance. A neck lift helps to lift and tighten the skin and underlying muscle that often droops with age and with over-exposure to the sun. This procedure will decrease wrinkles, banding and sagging skin that is associated with “turkey neck.” There are several different neck lift techniques available in Tampa and some are more effective than others.
What is the Difference in Neck Lift Procedures?
With a traditional neck lift surgery, a plastic surgeon makes a series of incisions below the chin and behind the ears in order to allow the doctor to stretch the underlying muscle of the neck (platysma) and smooth the skin along the front of the neck. During the surgery, liposuction may be used to remove pockets of excess fat in the neck or chin area to reduce jowls. The recovery time from a traditional neck lift surgery can rather lengthy. It takes 2 weeks for the bruising to subside and up to 4 weeks before the patient can return to regular activities.
Simplicity Neck Lift is Minimally Invasive
Dr. Dominic Castellano, a board-certified facial plastic surgeon in Tampa, developed a less invasive neck lift procedure that offers the same benefits of traditional surgery but without the long downtime. The Simplicity Neck Lift is done using only one small incision under the chin which allows the surgeon to access the platysma muscle along the front of the neck. The platysma muscle is stitched together from each side, creating a “sling’ which defines the angle between the chin and neck while simultaneously removing the vertical bands and providing support to the neck tissues. Dr. Dominic uses a special “pulley-stitch” that will secure the tightened muscle into place which makes the Simplicity Lift a permanent fix to the Turkey Neck problem. The recovery time is minimal compared with traditional surgery.
New Laser Neck Lift Procedures
There are several new neck lift procedures being advertised in the Tampa area that extol the virtues of using lasers to complete the operation. These new neck lifts claim to provide all the benefits of a surgical neck lift without any scarring or any discomfort. What these laser techniques do is to dissolve the fat underneath the chin and heat the tissues in the neck to produce tightening of the neck skin. The results can look impressive initially, but because the tissue underlying the sagging skin has not been addressed, the effects of a laser neck lift will be temporary.
According to Dr. Dominic, “lasers offer many benefits such as reducing wrinkles, age spots, redness, and shrinking minor skin lesions, but lasers are not able to tighten sagging muscle which is what a neck lift requires in order to allow for a permanent solution.” Only surgery can allow a physician to access the underlying tissue to make these deeper changes, treatments at the skin level will always be short-lived and require another session to restore the illusion.
If you are interested in learning more about the difference between the Simplicity Neck Lift and other neck lift procedures, please contact Elite Facial Plastic Surgery to schedule a complimentary consultation. Elite Facial Plastic Surgery is a fully accredited medical facility under the direction of Dr. Dominic Castellano. Dr. Dominic is a highly respected, board-certified facial plastic surgeon with over 30 years of experience. The medical team is highly trained and specializes in facial cosmetic surgery and injectable procedures. Call (813) 975-3223 today to schedule your complimentary visit or go to our website for more information.