Many people in Tampa with sagging neck tissue or heavy jowls wonder if having a neck lift is worth the cost and downtime. However, the question depends on several factors such as the type of neck lift, the skills of the plastic surgeon and the expectations about the surgery.  The decision to get a neck lift requires some research into the best methods available in Tampa to determine which procedure will work best for your needs.

Neck Lift Techniques in Tampa

There are a variety of different neck lift procedures available in the Tampa area.  These range from full surgery such as with a traditional neck lift, to injectable techniques to reduce the banding and wrinkling along the neck line.  It is important to note that these different procedures will not produce equal results.  In order to get a permanent neck lift that improves the angle between the chin and neck and removes “turkey neck,” then surgery is the only real option.  A doctor that offers you a laser lift, a chemical lift or a lift using injectable products such as Botox, is only offering you a temporary solution.  The same applies for any “lift” that uses heat or cold to try to tighten up the neck skin.

A true neck lift works by tightening up the platysma muscle that runs along the front of the neck from the upper chest to the chin.  Any practitioner that is offering a non-surgical approach to tighten up the neck is not going to be addressing the real problem which is the laxity of the platysma muscle.  Among the top plastic surgeons in the area, there are only a couple of surgical options to consider – the traditional neck lift and the Simplicity Neck Lift.  Many plastic surgeons offer the traditional neck lift which involves having a series of incisions made along the chin line to allow for the surgeon to stretch the muscle and skin tissue to improve then angle between the neck and chin.  This will provide permanent relief to the turkey neck problem.  The only downside to traditional surgery is the expense and the lengthy downtime for recovery.

Simplicity Neck Lift is Less Invasive

The Simplicity Neck Lift, utilized by Dr. Dominic Castellano of Elite Facial Plastic Surgery offers a less invasive solution that will tighten the platysma muscle and provide the same benefits as a full neck lift surgery.  Dr. Dominic uses the Simplicity Lift by designing a special “pulley stitch” that allows him to stretch and tighten the neck muscles without having to make numerous incisions.  With the Simplicity Lift, the difference is that only two small cuts are made under the chin to allow the doctor to access the neck muscle.  This means that the recovery time is far less than with full surgery.

Some people have asked if the Simplicity Lift is the same as the heavily advertised “Lifestyle Lift” but the answer is a resounding “No.”  The Lifestyle Lift procedure generally only addresses the skin along the neck line but not the underlying muscle or tissue.  The Lifestyle Lift will last longer than laser, injectable or chemical lifts but is not a permanent fix to solve a sagging neck line.

The Right Neck Lift is Worth It

So, for many people, the answer to whether a neck lift is “worth it” is more likely “Yes” if they had true neck lift surgery by a board-certified plastic surgeon in an accredited medical facility.  Those that answer “no, it was not worth it” usually have received a non-surgical or “lite” neck lift procedure that either did not provide the expected results or did not last for more than a year.

A neck lift can dramatically improve appearance by reducing the deep wrinkles and banding that forms when neck tissue begins to sag (either due to age or weight loss).  Most people who have undergone a surgical neck lift often find that they feel better, more confident and happier following the surgery.  Often a neck lift is accompanied by facial liposuction to remove pockets of fat that gathers in the jawline or in the neck tissue, so it is important to meet with a facial plastic surgeon prior to scheduling any surgery to understand what you need to achieve your goals.

If you are interested in learning more about the Simplicity Neck Lift and want to find out about costs, recovery time and whether it is right for you, please contact Elite Facial Plastic Surgery for 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 20 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.

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