As people age, they may begin to notice problem areas on the neck 

Neck lift surgery is a procedure that can help eliminate signs of aging around the neck and lower face for Charlotte, NC residents. Aging is a part of life, but certain signs of aging that develop can be corrected to help people feel more confident in their appearance. Many people may begin to develop extra fat in the neck area that can create jowls and lead to wrinkles. Saggy skin can also occur as people age. Thankfully, neck lift surgery may be an option to help treat these problems.   

Choosing the best surgeon is important when planning your procedure 

When starting to plan for neck lift surgery, one of the first things patients must do is find a surgeon to perform the procedure. Finding the best doctor is an important step as people don’t want to have to have the procedure twice. When deciding on a doctor, it is important to look for ones that are board certified instead of just licensed. You should also browse their website to look at before and after photos to make sure you like the look of things they’ve done on other people. You also will want to make sure you feel comfortable with the surgeon. If, after meeting, you don’t, keep looking for another doctor. 

Neck lift surgery helps tighten the skin to give patients a smoother neck 

Once the doctor has been selected, it’s time for the surgery. The surgeon will make an incision along the curve of the ear, then extend it down around the earlobe and up to the hairline. They then will get to work removing the areas of concern the patient has expressed. To do that the surgeon will alter or remove weakened neck muscles and pull the skin back to tighten it. Extra fat will be removed either via the original incision or liposuctioned out through an incision under the chin. The result should be a smoother neck that does not have a stretched look to it.  

Patients should plan to spend about two weeks at home recovering 

Following surgery, patients will experience swelling and bruising in the neck and lower face. The doctor will bandage the area and will instruct you on caring for it until the bandage can be permanently removed. Because the area will be bandaged, most patients don’t feel comfortable returning to work and activities until about ten to 14 days after the procedure. However, patients aren’t usually fully healed for about six weeks after surgery. Be sure to plan for your recovery time beforehand and discuss recovery information with the doctor before the actual surgery. 

Charlotte’s most experienced facial plastic surgeon 

Charlotte, NC residents may start to notice signs of aging in the neck and lower face as they age. Thankfully, neck lift surgery may be an option for some of the problem areas that people begin to notice. Patients who are considering neck lift surgery to combat signs of aging in these areas should contact Dr. Sean Freeman. Dr. Freeman is double board certified and is the most experienced facial plastic surgeon in the area. Be sure to contact his office to schedule a consultation.