Dr. Westreich advises that his patients plan to take off about 10 days from their daily routine in order to ensure that their neck is healing properly and that they have had enough time to relax and recover after surgery.
What is a necklift?
A neck lift is a surgery intended to eliminate extra skin that is loose and hanging from below the chin area. It is different than a facelift, in that skin incisions around the ear are minimized or eliminated, based on the degree of skin excess in each individual patient. Patients having facelift surgery often will have a neck lift in NYC at the same time, but many patients having a neck lift will not need any additional facial surgery.
Extra skin concentrated in the neck can make a person look aged or heavier than they actually are. Dr. Westreich will re-define your jawline and neckline, giving a more feminine, delicate look for women and a more masculine, chiseled look for men. Let Dr. Westreich boost your self-perception- you no longer have to feel embarrassed of loose skin under your neck or attempt to hide your baggy skin with clothing or scarves.
Types of neck lifts
There are various approaches that Dr. Westreich can take when performing a necklift in NYC on a patient. The goal is, essentially, to tighten skin that has lost its elasticity due to aging, genetics, or other environment factors and to correct excess fat or muscle bands that can add to loss of neck contour. Still, there are several means to this goal, each with unique methods and skills that Dr. Westreich has come to master.
- Neck liposuction
This type of neck lift is relatively common and is most effective to treat patients whose skin has become progressively loose over the years. The procedure will be performed by Dr. Westreich in under an hour and you will be sedated with local anesthesia to put you at ease during your treatment. Neck liposuction involves a minimal incision strategically placed below the chin and behind the ears, through which the excess fat will be extracted and the remaining skin tightened during the natural healing process. Additional skin tightening can be achieved with non-invasive laser treatments to the face or chin implants, when needed for support and structure.
- Botox/other injections
Botox, though most commonly used to treat wrinkling, can be used by Dr. Westreich to modify a patient’s neck that appears full due to muscle bands. The injection works by relaxing the neck muscles, most often the root of the problem.
- Combination neck lift
Oftentimes, patients seek Dr. Westreich’s expertise in neck lift surgery in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures such as a chin implant or a facelift. A combination neck lift is most recommended for patients who are hoping to see dramatic results that will improve the definition of the entire area and that are potentially life-altering. Given the broadness of a combination neck lift, the surgery is relatively more invasive but also more rewarding.
Candidates for neck lift
A neck lift has the ability to eliminate heavy, burdensome skin that has accumulated as the patient has aged. A loss in skin elasticity is completely normal and even expected as a person grows older. Thankfully, Dr. Westreich is fully certified to address all your concerns regarding toning and re-structuring your neck to restore an appearance of youth, making you feel lighter and more comfortable in your skin. Most patients who consult Dr. Westreich about undergoing a neck lift have given the topic much earlier thought. The procedure is considered to be a safe solution for both men and women, most often within the age range of 45-60. Though the requirements for a neck lift are relatively few, it is very important that the patient is in good overall health before committing to a neck lift surgery.
Techniques by Dr. Westreich
Fig. 1– This before-and-after picture of a past patient of Dr. Westreich shows the potential of a neck lift. The patient had a neck lift performed in conjunction with a facelift (a combination neck lift), in order to maximize her results and erase years off her face. As you can see, the after picture shows minimized signs of aging and wrinkling, as well as a more defined neckline that appears entirely natural.
Throughout his experience in the field, Dr. Westreich has learned to enhance the results of each neck lift surgery he conducts by using particular, case-by-case techniques. For example, he may suggest that a patient opt in for chin implants during their neck lift for a more natural look. The implants will make your profile look more balanced, and help in the overall shape of your neck.
Or, Dr. Westreich may recommend a laser resurfacing treatment. Using this technology, Dr. Westreich can most precisely target the areas with relatively more laxity around the neck and face. The method is minimally-invasive and has a short, easy healing process.
Neck Lift Consultation with Dr. Westreich, NYC
Dr. Westreich is known among his past patients as being a “team” player. He wants the best for you as you embark on this journey to change how you look and feel about yourself, and is excited to be able to guide you on your way. Your initial consultation appointment is your time with Dr. Westreich. You can ask any questions or address any concerns you have regarding moving forward with the surgery and are encouraged to be completely open about what you are hoping to achieve from your neck lift. Dr. Westreich will advise you every step of the way, so that you feel at ease in his care from start to finish. Our office is conveniently located in the Upper East Side of NYC, but patients from across the country visit Dr. Westreich to seek his expert opinion. To schedule a consultation appointment, call us today at 646.884.9562.