People usually show the first signs of aging in their necks, which often leads them to consider a lower face-lift or a neck lift. These cosmetic surgeries involves tightening skin and muscles in the neck and jawline. Liposuction alone may help the problem if significant fat is present beneath the chin. For conditions that include sagging tissues, a lift is also needed.
The procedure usually begins with liposuction in the neck and jowl regions. Then, operating through small hidden incisions behind the ear, the surgeon lifts and tightens the platysmal neck muscle to rejuvenate the neck contour. Any excess skin is removed from behind the ear. The result is a smoother and tighter jawline.
Neck lift surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis but can sometimes by done under I.V. sedation. The procedure involves small hidden incisions behind the ear and under the chin. Liposuction is often performed simultaneously to enhance the outcome. Frequently, patients will also elect to have chin augmentation to improve their facial profile.
Submentoplasty is a wonderful procedure for those desiring an improved neck contour without having a traditional facelift. It is ideally suited to people with a double chin that do not have jowling or sagging skin in the rest of the lower face. The procedure is often combined with liposuction and chin implants to improve the jawline. The surgery is done through a small one-inch incision underneath the chin. The patient will usually need a week for recovery. This is great operation however, in patients with excessive loose skin and jowling, a facelift is the preferred operation.