A direct neck lift procedure removes the excess skin and fat from the neck, chin and jawline, restoring and revealing the angular shape of the jawline, as well as firming and tightening the overall area. The result is a much more youthful and athletic appearance.
Most candidates for this type of surgery are males who complain about the laxity in their necks. Sagging neck skin is mainly due to age, with most men noticing a loss of elasticity beginning in their late thirties to early forties. However, it can also be caused by factors such as a genetic predisposition, excess weight or a poor lifestyle habit. The loose skin, “turkey neck” look is caused by the platysma muscle. The platysma is actually two thin sheets of muscle that run across each side of the neck. These normally do not quite meet in the middle, and as the aging process progresses, the muscle edges in the center of the neck begin to sag downward, creating two visible bands that run downward from the chin toward the collarbone, contributing to the turkey neck or turkey wattle effect.
At your consultation, you will have the chance to ask any questions or have any concerns answered while in a relaxed and comfortable environment. This is also the time during which we will discuss finer details such as medical history and billing questions.
* Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
THE DAY BEFORE
The day before surgery should progress just as any other day would. Be sure to eat well and stay hydrated. Take a shower the night before as well as the morning of your surgery. Avoid using anything on the face and neck area such as aftershave or post-shaving lotion. The skin needs to be clean and free of anything foreign.
THE DAY OF
Wear comfortable clothing, preferably something that zips or buttons, as your neck area will be mildly sore so you’ll want to avoid anything that pulls over your head.
The Direct Neck Lift is performed in our accredited operating suite, as an outpatient with mild IV sedation. Your safety is of paramount importance and it is for that reason that we do not use a general anesthetic. We use what is called conscious sedation – meaning that you won’t feel any pain, you’ll simply feel like you’re asleep.
During the procedure, we place an incision down the center of the neck to cut out excess skin, remove fat and tighten the droopy muscle. Placing the incision down the middle of the neck rather than behind the ears allows the doctor performing the surgery greater access to the platysma, the muscle responsible for that “banded” look, so it can be more easily repaired. This incision also provides direct access to the majority of the fat accumulation, allowing for far more effective results in getting rid of the turkey wattle and reshaping the neck and jawline.
The surgery takes about an hour and a half.
You will be able to return home after a brief stay in our recovery room, where we can ensure that you’re recovering normally. Having mild pain and swelling for seven to ten days is completely normal, with patients usually only reporting discomfort right after surgery. We encourage you to sleep with your head slightly elevated to minimize swelling. We can also provide pain medication if needed. Although regular exercise can be resumed quickly, take it very easy for the first few days, limiting activity to non-impact exercises such as walking.
The final outcome is the result of a great beginning. We take a nontraditional approach to healing, believing that recovery begins before surgery, not after. We use homeopathic remedies throughout the entire course of the procedure. We do not use wraps or drains of any type and encourage patients to resume their regular exercise routine in as little as a week after surgery, believing that this aids in the overall healing process. We have had patients who did not mind returning to work with the sutures still in back to work in a few days.
Why Choose Glasgold Group
Direct Neck Lift is a complex and custom procedure that requires a high level of skill and knowledge to perform properly. At Glasgold Group, our surgeons have decades of experience while patients and peers alike respect them for the beautiful, natural-looking results they produce consistently.
By choosing Glasgold Group in Princeton, New Jersey for your procedure, you can expect results of the highest caliber and the knowledge that your safety and satisfaction are top priorities.
- Dr. Robert Glasgold has an American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Certification.
- Dr. Robert Glasgold is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and double board certified.
- Dr. Mark Glasgold is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and double board certified.
- Dr. Mark Glasgold is a co-director of the Facial Plastic Surgery Fellowship Program of AAFPRS.
- Dr. Mark Glasgold has an American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Certification.
- Dr. Mark Glasgold has an American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Certification.
Direct Neck Lift for Men – New Jersey – Dr. Mark Glasgold
Direct Neck Lift frequently asked questions
A Direct Neck Lift can be done at any age, although typically the patient is middle aged or older.
The removal of fat and loose skin, as well as the repositioning and tightening of the platysma muscle are permanent. However, you will still age normally, and lifestyle decisions can affect this. It is recommended that you continue to take normal anti-aging precautions such as using sunscreen and eating healthy.
No. Surgeries that only emphasize pulling and lifting without thought to other concerns can lead to a windswept, or “done” look. The Glasgold Group is renowned for creating a natural and youthful look by combining traditional surgical methods with volume replacement.
While we can provide you with the latest in cosmetic enhancement treatments, nothing can eliminate the turkey neck and blurred jawline as well as a Direct Neck Lift can.
Most of our patients feel ready to return to work within one to two weeks, with many of them being able to return sooner. This is more of a concern with the initial appearance after surgery and how comfortable you feel going out in public than it is an issue with pain and discomfort.
Yes, patients are told to stop smoking for at least 4 weeks prior to surgery as smoking may cause issues with healing.
Our high level of training and experience allows us to focus on providing each patient with natural-looking surgical results and rapid recovery in the safest environment possible.
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