While most aging concerns are focused on the face, the neck is not immune to the toll time can take on the skin and tissue. In fact, some people may find the neck ages faster than the face, thanks to our technology age that has us bending our heads down to create premature banding in some cases. Fortunately, there are surgical solutions for refreshing the neck just like there are procedures available to rejuvenate the face. Dr. Lowenstein at Montecito Plastic Surgery offers some of the most innovative techniques in neck lifts available today, designed to produce the most natural, beautiful results possible.

Some patients shy away from having anti-aging surgery on the neck or face because they are afraid they will end up with the over-tightened look commonly seen in Hollywood. However, Dr. Lowenstein employs procedures and techniques that eliminate that unnatural, windswept appearance in favor of a refreshed look that is distinctly you, only better. Some of the methods offered by Dr. Lowenstein are not available by many surgeons in the Santa Barbara area or even across the country. Patients that choose Montecito Plastic Surgery for their procedure will be delighted and impressed by the results Dr. Lowenstein can achieve.

In addition to a neck lift, Dr. Lowenstein might also advise patients to include a facelift, brow lift, eyelid surgery or other anti-aging options to create even more dramatic results. In most cases, procedures can be combined into one appointment so that you can meet all your aesthetic goals with just one time under anesthesia and a single recovery process to schedule.

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How Aging Affects the Neck

The aging process can have many effects on the neck area. Collagen loss within the dermal structure leads to significant skin laxity, which produces the dreaded “turkey neck” where folds of skin begin to resemble a turkey wattle. At the same time, submental fat accumulates underneath the jawline to give the appearance of a double chin. Loosening of the platysma (neck) muscle produces horizontal banding around the neck that exacerbates the aged appearance and leaves some running for the turtlenecks. Because there is continuity between the neck and lower face, you might also notice a loss of definition around the jawline and the formation of jowls. Deep creases around the nose and mouth can also develop. Because these aging symptoms commonly appear simultaneously, it is not unusual for Dr. Lowenstein to recommend a combination of a lower facelift with the neck lift to form a smoother contour and a seamless line between the lower face and the neck.

Preparing for Your Neck Lift

When assessing whether a neck lift is the right option for you, Dr. Lowenstein will take into consideration your precise concerns as well as the degree of correction needed to deliver your desired outcome. Conducting a thorough analysis of a patient’s structure and form is one of Dr. Lowenstein’s passions, so he will take ample time to determine the techniques that might work the best for you. Your overall health and any medical conditions you might have will also be discussed at your initial consultation. This information is vital to a safe and successful surgery, so Dr. Lowenstein will want to know any health concerns you might have, medications you are currently taking and lifestyle choices that might affect the outcome of your procedure. Once your initial meeting with Dr. Lowenstein is completed, you should feel comfortable with your upcoming surgery and confident in your choice of Dr. Lowenstein as your surgeon.

The J-Plasty Advantage

The primary goal of a neck lift is to remove excess skin to smooth away wrinkles and create a sleeker neckline. The platysma muscle may also be tightened to eliminate horizontal banding and produce a natural appearance. Dr. Lowenstein also employs a unique and innovative process known as J-plasty, which delivers cool helium plasma via radiofrequency energy to constrict tissue and tighten skin from the inside out. The plasma is administered to the underside of the dermal structure through a narrow tube called a cannula that is inserted underneath the skin. Dr. Lowenstein can perform J-plasty alone or in conjunction with traditional neck lift techniques, depending on the level of correction a patient needs. The J-plasty procedure also stimulates collagen production to enhance the appearance of the skin while ensuring long-lasting results as the body’s natural processes take over.

About the Procedure

A traditional neck lift is usually performed under general anesthesia, particularly if other surgical procedures will be included. If J-plasty is performed alone, it can be done using local anesthetic and sedation, reducing risks during and after surgery and cutting down the recovery time. If incisions are needed to excise excess skin, Dr. Lowenstein uses great care to ensure the incisions, and the post-surgical scarring will not be any more noticeable than necessary.

Natural, Beautiful Results

A surgical neck lift yields beautiful, long-lasting results, especially when skin-tightening is enhanced through J-plasty. Results should last for many years, and you will be able to extend your more youthful appearance by protecting the skin of the neck from the sun and using high-quality skin care products on the area year-round. To learn more about Dr. Lowenstein’s neck lift techniques, contact Montecito Plastic Surgery today at 805-969-9004.

FAQs: Neck Lift

  • How does the neck age?

    Like the face, the dermal structure of the neck experiences collagen depletion over time. This process leads to skin laxity, the formation of the “turkey wattle” and horizontal banding around the neck. By tightening the dermal structure and removing excess skin, Dr. Lowenstein can efficiently reverse these aging signs and create a smoother, more youthful contour.
  • What can be done about skin laxity?

    Either with a facelift or in the months following a facelift, skin that is newly re-draped over the sculpted face can be further tightened without the over pulled look, only at Dr. Lowenstein’s Plastic Surgery Center, using the revolutionary cool helium plasma skin tightening treatment. By utilizing the cool helium plasma beam on the underside of the skin, the skin itself is allowed to tighten without excess mechanical pulling, avoiding the “operated look,” but creating a skin conditioning improvement seen nowhere else on the Central California Coast.
  • How does a facelift improve the neck?

    As it ages, the platysma can form bands in the neck as it’s supportive structure weakens. As part of the Santa Barbara facelift, the platysma muscle is tightened under the jaw and laterally in the neck, effectively supplying a corset or sling to reshape this area. In some patients, resection or sculpting of fat either with liposuction or with direct fat removal is performed to contour this area further.
  • What is the basis of the Santa Barbara blended cheek and neck lift?

    The blended cheek and neck lift reflects a modern three-dimensional understanding of detailed facial anatomy. Repositioning and sculpting of fallen facial tissue provide an individualized rejuvenating procedure. The blended cheek and neck lift is designed to make patients appear as a more youthful, rested version of themselves.

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