In general, a neck lift can take 10 years off a person’s perceived age. Our St. Paul area patients often wonder if they are a candidate for a neck lift. Liposuction or removal of fat from the neck is different than a neck lift and does not address laxity of the skin. In fact people with double chins or turkey necks are not considered ideal candidates for neck liposuction, because if you remove fat and don’t tighten the skin, the neck can have even more of a turkey neck look, appearing “saggy.” Individuals with a full neck with minimal jowl formation and some skin laxity would be considered good candidates for a traditional neck lift. Men and women with moderate jowl formation and skin excess are best served with a traditional facelift as there is limited improvement in the jowl area with a traditional neck lift alone. Younger individuals typically have skin that is more resilient and will generally have a longer lasting result than those persons whose skin has moderate laxity. Furthermore, studies have shown that younger people are generally more satisfied with their neck and/or facelift.
There are different types of neck lifts. A traditional neck lift uses the same incision as a facelift however the incision is not carried as high in the front of the ear as a facelift and (not really true…the platysma is often tightened which is essentially the SMAS in the neck) the jowl is not improved to the same degree as with a facelift.
An anterior neck lift can be a good choice for the right person. The disadvantage is that it does not improve the jaw line and really only addresses the area directly below the chin. Also the location for the incision is placed directly below the chin and as such can be visible much more so than the location for a traditional neck lift.
Schedule a consultation with our staff to find out if it is right for you.