If you would like to reduce loose skin on your neck but are otherwise comfortable with the appearance of your face, a full face lift may not be necessary to achieve the improvement you desire. Instead, you may be a candidate for a procedure commonly referred to as a "mini face lift," "partial face lift" or neck lift. For people in San Ramon, Danville and Walnut Creek, neck lift surgery performed by Dr. Eric Mariotti can correct excess neck skin without a full face lift.
Dr. Mariotti is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving the East Bay. If you'd like to make an appointment, simply request a consultation online or call his office at (925) 685-4533.
Why Neck Lift?
A neck lift can address sagging jowls and a moderate amount of excess skin or fat under the chin. A neck lift procedure uses shorter incisions than a full face lift. If there is a great amount of loose skin under the jaw (sometimes called a "turkey wattle") or if you are unhappy with sagging skin on your face, a full face lift may be the best option for you. Isolated areas of fat can also be removed through liposuction for Walnut Creek patients. If your skin retains most of its elasticity and you're concerned about a double chin, you may be a good candidate for KYBELLA® injections. Dr. Mariotti will take the time during your initial consultation to listen to your concerns and can help you determine which procedure is right for you.
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This procedure is done on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia or sedation with local anesthesia. Dr. Mariotti can remove sagging or redundant neck skin using several different methods. He may make incisions behind the ear or under the chin. In some instances, he will tighten the tissues under the chin by placing a suture across the neck crease to help tighten and elevate the muscle there. Loose skin can also be tightened by pulling the skin up and back behind the ear, where it can then be removed. External Ultrasound Assist technology is often used to soften and liquefy the fat. This reduces bruising and swelling and can also tighten the skin.
Showing Off Your New Look
After surgery, you will go home with your chin and neck wrapped in dressings or in an elastic neck sling which must be worn constantly for about 7 days. Any discomfort will be minimal and easily controlled with oral medication. Sutures will be removed 5 to 7 days after the procedure. Bruising and swelling can be covered with make-up and will decrease in 7 to 10 days. You will feel ready to return to work and social interaction after about a week, but please keep in mind that the final result will continue to emerge over the course of several months.