Types of Neck Lifts

Published: February 28, 2017

At Edina Plastic Surgery we do two types of neck lifts:
The first type is a standard neck lift, otherwise known as the open neck lift. These usually are done in conjunction with a facelift and can achieve excellent results. The basic goal of neck surgery is to improve the appearance of the neck by re-creating an angle between the jaw line and the front of the neck. This angle is called the cervicomental angle and helps to make the neck look more youthful. As a part of aging, excess lax neck skin can hang down and create a straight line from the bottom of the chin to the lower neck. The underlying neck muscles can also contribute to the problem.

The open neck lift involves an incision that runs behind the ear, then extends back into the posterior scalp hairline. Often, a submental incision (incision under the chin) is made in conjunction to allow the removal of fat and/or deal with the anterior neck muscles if necessary. With the open neck lift, we typically lift and tighten the platysma muscle in the neck, in addition to lifting the posterior neck skin and removing the excess. People that have substantial skin excess and laxity in the neck will usually require this type of lift.

The second type of neck lift uses the ImplicitGuideĀ® Surgical Suture System (iGuideĀ®). The system can produce excellent results when used for the appropriate candidate, with fewer potential side effects and less downtime and is often done in conjunction with liposuction of the neck. Your surgeon can evaluate you to determine if this procedure would be an appropriate option.

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