07 Jun 2017
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Beauty from the Neck Up | Neck Lift

You know how to care for your face – cleanse, moisturize, and always use SPF. But what are you doing for your neck? In our blog series, we’ll be helping you tackle your beauty questions from the neck up. This month’s topic is the neck lift.

What is a Neck Lift?

Most people forget to protect their necks, but it’s one of the first places that signs of age show. Sun damage, weight gain, or weight loss can make the area from your chin to your chest look older or saggy. Heredity, gravity, environmental conditions, and stress can prematurely age your neck.

Neurotoxins such as Botox or Dysport can be injected to help relax your neck muscles for a smoothing effect. This treatment is noninvasive and lasts three to four months. Another noninvasive option is Sublative RF neck firming treatment, which triggers the wound-healing response in your skin to stimulate collagen. These options will smooth the banding, but not dramatically improve the sagging skin.

If the skin over your throat seems to have lost its elasticity or if you want to remove excess skin or fat, you may want to consider a neck lift. This surgery can help you to achieve a smooth, slim, youthful-looking neck. A neck lift, or a lower rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that improves visible signs of aging in the neck and jawline.

Should I Get a Neck Lift Before or After a Face Lift?

Some people feel they aren’t ready for a facelift because their face has been protected from aging with the help of lotions, creams, serums, and SPF; however, patients might still see excess wrinkling of their neck skin, a double chin, or a jowl line that gives away their age. A neck lift can also remove fat in the lower face and under the chin, which can help add contours to your face without any facial surgery. The neck lift procedure targets the lower one-third of the face, creating a well-defined chin and jawline, smoothing out any skin folds and wrinkles.

The procedure helps you prolong the time before a facelift and keeps you looking younger for years. If the skin on your neck doesn’t match the youthfulness of your face, a neck lift may be a good solution.

How Safe is the Procedure?

The neck lift is one of the safest and most reliable procedures in plastic surgery. It is performed with minimal incisions and scarring and produces extremely natural-looking results.

As with any surgery, following the instructions of your doctor will help your procedure and healing process go as smoothly as possible. Make sure to avoid excessive force, abrasion, or motion while your neck heals, and avoid wearing any clothing that has to go over your head. Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to best care for yourself after surgery. Using daily sun protection and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will help extend the results of your rejuvenated, more youthful neck.

So, When Should I Get a Neck Lift?

Clarifying your goals and expectations with your doctor is the best way to determine when to get any medical procedure done. Dr. Villano specializes in the neck and facial area. Call our office today to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Villano, Central Oregon’s Dual Board Certified plastic surgeon.

Call 541.312.FACE and get scheduled today.


Dr. Villano is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon in Bend, Oregon. He provides surgical and non-surgical enhancements including Botox, Dysport, Restylane, microneedling, fotofacials, facelifts, eye lifts, nose surgery, cheek augmentation and much more. Schedule your consultation today.


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