Living in Los Angeles can put a lot of pressure on you to look your very best and, while the hot weather is always nice, the blaring Los Angeles sun won’t do much to help aid your skin on your quest to looking young and vibrant.
Most individuals tend to neglect the appearance of their neck, even though the neck is one of the first places to show signs of aging. If your neck skin appears to have lost its natural elasticity and sags, then you might want to consider neck lift surgery. However, before you do, here are some things that you should know about neck lift surgery, and a list of questions that you should ask yourself before getting any type of cosmetic procedure.
What is a Neck Lift?
Neck lift surgery removes excess skin and fat deposits from the neck area, and possibly restructures the underlying muscles. This procedure is one of the safest and most reliable in plastic surgery, as modern neck lift surgery can be performed with minimal incisions and scarring while producing exceptionally natural-looking results.
This two- to three-hour procedure varies according to the unique needs and goals of the individual patients. Some patients achieve their desired results through a simple liposuction procedure, which involves removal of excess fat deposits from the neck. More dramatic results can be achieved through the removal of excess skin and fat along with tightening and restructuring the underlying muscles. Neck lift surgery is often performed in conjunction with other facial surgeries, such as facelift, brow lift, and eyelid surgery.
Modern techniques and technology allow surgeons to perform neck lift surgery using extremely small incisions. Through these incisions, excess fat is removed, either through liposuction or through surgical excision. If desired, slack muscles can be tightened; in some cases, a small section of the platysma muscle may even be removed. Once the appropriate work involving the underlying tissues has been completed, the skin will be replaced and pulled taut, and the incisions will be sutured closed. Any excess skin will be removed.
Ideal candidates for neck lift surgery are men and women, 40 to 80 years of age, who wish to correct:
- Sun or wind damaged neck skin
- Double or triple chin (fat under the chin)
- Turkey wattle neck (loose, slack neck skin)
- Jowls (fat or too much skin under the jaws)
- Excess neck fat or neck skin
6 Questions to Ask Yourself
Before fully considering to get any type of cosmetic surgery, you should ask yourself the following questions:
- Do the positive possible medical advantages exceed the possible complications?
All medical procedures have the potential for serious complications. You should obtain more than one opinion (preferably three) about the advantages, concerns, recovery, etc.
- Have you considered alternative approaches?
For many issues with surgical solutions, there are alternatives that are based on discipline and motivation. Have you tried all of the behavioral and alternative approaches available to you? If plastic surgery is just an easy way for you to avoid hard work, think again. Also, if you are young, having surgery could be premature because you haven’t finished growing and developing.
- Do you depend on external sources for your self-esteem?
If you are thinking about plastic surgery because of vanity, and you believe your self-esteem rests on the outcome of the surgery, you may not be a good candidate. Surgery might make you feel better for a period of time, but self-esteem has nothing to do with external beauty. You may have work to do in terms of defining your authentic self and learning to love who you are—regardless of your appearance.
- What are your expectations?
What do you expect in terms of surgery itself and the recovery period? What do you think will happen if the surgery is a success? What will change in your life? Think about the end result before you take such a drastic step. Will it really solve what you hope it will?
- Are your expectations realistic?
Ask yourself if your expectations are pure fantasy. Will anything really be different in your life after you’ve had surgery? Are you expecting people to be more accepting of you simply because you’ve altered your appearance? Do you believe that surgery will help you gain some form of success that you perceive as unattainable otherwise? Be honest. Will this really make a positive difference in your life?
- Will surgery help you reach reasonable goals?
Are there any feasible goals that surgery could help you attain? If you’re expecting plastic surgery to change everything about your personality and/or self-esteem, you could be very disappointed. But if your goals will likely be reached after a medical procedure, that’s a significant consideration.
Visit Dr. Binder
Just like with asking the questions listed above, you should also consult with an experienced doctor before fully considering whether or not to have plastic surgery. Book a consultation with Dr. Binder today, so that he can help you make the right choice when it comes to needing plastic surgery.