Many different surgical and nonsurgical procedures are available to help a person look young, healthy, and vibrant. Many of those procedures focus on the patient’s face: eye lifts, nose jobs, facelifts, etc.

However, if you are considering a facelift or any other facial surgery, you should also consider getting a neck lift. Neck lifts are less well-known, but they can have a substantial affect on the way you look and feel.

Your Neck Ages, Too

When you reach middle age, you start noticing some changes in your skin. It becomes looser and more wrinkled, and it hangs off your body a little more. That’s because your skin produces less collagen and elastin, two fibers in the dermis layer that maintain your skin’s strength, flexibility, and firmness. This affect doesn’t only happen in your face; it occurs all over your body. Your skin starts to respond to the pull of gravity and that becomes more obvious in some areas, such as your neck.

In fact, your neck can actually have more noticeable signs of aging than your face. Loose, sagging skin on the neck causes a person to lose contouring in their face and can also make them look heavier or more run-down than they really are. Sun exposure, smoking, or changes in weight can also damage your skin and make you look even older.

Neck Lift Surgery

Like a facelift, a neck lift can have a number of positive impacts on the overall appearance of a person. The surgeon can remove extra fat deposits that are too stubborn to go away with diet and exercise, tighten and repair the muscles to restore stability, and smooth out the skin to make it appear firm and healthy. Not all patients will require the same things from their surgery; each patient will have a specific set of needs and goals for their neck lift. It will be up to the doctor to determine the best method of accomplishing those goals during the patient consultation.

Neck lifts are done as an outpatient procedure and are often performed at the same time as other facial surgeries. In fact, it’s very common for patients to receive a facelift and a neck lift. Neck lifts require roughly the same amount of time for recovery as a facelift, with most patients able to return to their normal routine after seven to 10 days. By addressing the signs of aging in both the face and the neck, patients get a complete rejuvenation of their entire appearance. You’ll look younger, healthier, and more energized.

Dr. Kyle Choe

Dr. Choe is a facial plastic surgeon who specializes in procedures for both the face and the neck. Dr. Choe understands the importance of the role the neck plays in a person’s appearance. He is also board-certified and has been practicing facial plastic surgery for over 10 years.

If you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Choe to learn about how you can benefit from a neck lift, a facelift, or any of the other procedures he offers, contact his office in Virginia Beach by phone 757.389.5850 or by sending him an email through the Contact page on his website.