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While we go to great measures to preserve or improve the appearance of our facial skin, it is equally important to take care of our neck. If your neck skin appears to have lost its natural elasticity and sags, or if there is excess skin or fat that you wish to remove, neck lift surgery is an excellent solution to restore a smooth, slender appearance. In the interest of providing the best neck lift Los Angeles has available, Dr. Marcus custom tailors the neck lift procedure to your exact needs.

Procedure

Neck lift surgery is actually a set of procedures used to enhance the appearance of your neck and is one of the most transformative procedures in cosmetic medicine.

By eliminating excess skin and fat deposits from the neck and re-structuring the underlying muscle, Dr. Marcus has the ability to dramatically rejuvenate a patient's appearance. There are several specific procedures that may be involved in a neck lift. These are reviewed below.

Cervicopalsty

Also known as excess neck skin removal, a cervicoplasty utilizes an incision well hidden under the chin and behind the ears. From these discreet incisions, Dr. Marcus can lift the skin in the neck, eliminating any excess that contributes to a saggy appearance.

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Platysmaplasty

Another neck lift procedure, platysmaplasty is performed to reduce the banded appearance of the neck. During the procedure, a single small incision will be made under the chin. Dr. Marcus will insert a small instrument to remove a portion of the specific neck muscles and then suture them together like a corset to properly realign them to where they were in your youth; this will tighten the middle area of the neck.

Dr. Marcus will suture the underlying muscles in order to clasp them in the best position. Your neck function will not be compromised by this rejuvenating procedure. The platysmaplasty procedure takes about two hours, depending on the complexity of your procedure.

Neck Liposuction

In order to provide among the best neck lift Los Angeles has available, Dr. Marcus sometimes employs liposuction to remove excess fat in the neck area. While this can decrease underlying volume in the neck, the neck lift itself is still crucial for a beautiful result. Especially for patients with poor skin elasticity, neck liposuction needs to be combined with a lifting procedure, as this is the only way excess skin can be removed. Further, while liposuction can get rid of accumulated fat in the neck, it does not improve the underlying structure. Because of this, Dr. Marcus may combine up to three separate procedures in order to give you the best possible results.

Even if your skin and face are smooth and wrinkle-free, a sagging neck can be a dead giveaway as to how old you really are. The combination of fat removal via liposuction followed by a neck lift can give you a more youthful, refreshed appearance.

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Before & After

Within our photo gallery, you will discover the true meaning of Dr. Marcus’ results, helping you understand what may be in store for you.

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Minimal Incisions and Scarring

The neck lift surgery is accomplished by making cuts under your chin or behind your ears or both to access a neck muscle called the platysma. In some cases, a neck lift may even involved removing some muscle. Newer techniques allow Dr. Marcus to make smaller cuts and use an endoscope (a small camera attached to a thin tube) to complete your surgery.

The procedure itself is one of the safest and most reliable in plastic surgery. With the advances made in surgical technology over the past decade, modern neck lift surgery can be performed with minimal incisions and scarring while generating exceptionally natural-looking results.

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What to Expect After Surgery

After surgery you will be fitted with a compression bandage that you will have to wear for at least one week unless instructed otherwise. Some degree of swelling and bruising is common after a neck lift. Cold compresses can be used to keep swelling to a minimum.

It is important to keep your head elevated when lying down. While you should remain mobile during your recovery, motion that is too rigorous must be avoided. And, of course, be sure to report any unusual discomfort to Dr. Marcus and his staff, as this will allow them to help you find the correct solution. In some cases, a drainage tube may have been inserted during surgery. This will be removed on the first or second day after surgery along with any dressing that may have been applied.

Recovery and Healing

Recovery takes anywhere from one to two weeks for most patients, though many patients go back to work in a week. Patients should avoid any rigorous activity for at least two weeks post surgery.

Neck lift results gradually improve over time, even after a patient has healed from surgery. The final results of your neck lift are usually achieved within six months of the surgery.

Consultation

While the information in this website may be helpful, it will never fully relate facial plastic surgery to you. If you are interested in a facial procedure, please call our office and one of our representatives will schedule your consultation.

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