Lower Rhytidectomy (Neck lift)
The neck is the number one area that can really age a person. When studied, its the area that people noticed first when commenting on a persons age. A lower rhytidectomy, also known as a neck lift, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that improves visible signs of aging in the jawline and neck. This procedure is normally done in conjunction with a facelift. Neck lift surgery is meant to treat excess skin at the transition of the jaw line to neck (jowls), submental fullness and sagginess under the chin, and the loose neck skin along with muscle banding that creates abnormal contours.
This aging is addressed by making a small incision that hides very well under the chin and behind the ears, followed by neck and submental (chin) liposuction in addition to platysmaplasty (neck muscle tightening to address the anterior bands).
A facelift sounds like a procedure that would correct the forehead, mid-face, lower face, and neck, however each section requires a different procedure and customized approach. In many cases, a neck lift may be the procedure that creates the most dramatic improvement, especially when done in conjunction with a facelift.
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