When your neck shows the sign of aging, commonly known as “turkey neck deformity,” a neck lift could be your solution. As you can see in these pictures, this patient needed a neck lift. We recommend extension of the surgery onto the face which allows us to correct the marionette lines and define the jaw line. By suturing the superficial muscle of the neck in the midline combined with removal of excess fat on the submental area this will further contour the cervicomental angle and define the line between the face and neck. In addition, we make our incision inside and behind the ear extending into the scalp to avoid the chance of a visible scar. Even though this is more tedious for the surgeon than making the incision in front of the ear and hairline, it provides a more pleasing result for the patient. We use the new ARTISS fibrin glue, the gold standard for face lifts, which seals the skin to the muscles so the chance of having complications, like bleeding, decrease substantially, and the glue eliminates the need for drains. Most of our cases are performed in our ambulatory surgical center. For safety, an anesthetist monitors the patient during the case whether done with general or local anesthesia. Maintaining appropriate blood pressure and vital signs also helps to avoid postoperative hematomas.
Here you can see pictures of a patient who had a neck lift. Incisions are not seen and her turkey neck is resolved.