Cosmetic Treatments for Men
What is a Direct Neck Lift procedure?
As men age, the skin around the neck and jawline tends to loosen and sag, resulting in a double chin, or what some call the “turkey neck.” This 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 poor lifestyle habits.
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 male jawline, as well as firming and tightening the overall area. The result is a much more youthful and athletic appearance.
Direct Neck Lift for Men – New Jersey – Dr. Mark Glasgold
Why Have a Direct Neck Lift?
Many female patients say men look better as they age. That’s because as the face starts to droop it becomes squarer at the bottom which is an appealing masculine appearance. The Direct Neck Lift refines and improves on this natural look.
Yet, men’s most common complaint is still about their turkey neck. A saggy neck adds years to a man’s appearance. Most men feel that a facelift is too much surgery or not something they are comfortable doing especially when what they really want is to get rid of the neck wattle.
The turkey neck 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. This contributes to the turkey neck or turkey wattle effect.
We have been addressing this concern for many years at The Glasgold Group, by performing our “Direct Neck Lift”: a targeted solution with very high patient satisfaction. In fact, we find that this operation creates a much better neck contour than a traditional face and neck lift, with a quicker recovery time.
The Direct Neck Lift procedure
The Direct Neck Lift places 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 incision heals remarkably well and is almost invisible within a few months. It heals so well, in fact, that we will perform this procedure on some women. During the healing process, it is not so conspicuous and easily attributed to removal of a mole or some other minor procedure.
Before and during surgery
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.
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.
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.
Risks are extremely low in this type of surgery. We strongly encourage all of our prospective patients to first make an appointment for a consultation. This will give you the chance to have any questions or 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.
The Direct Neck Lift is performed in our accredited operating suite, as an outpatient with mild IV sedation. There are no dressings, no bandages and no drains. 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 our proprietary herbal cream, as well as 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.
Who is a candidate for a Direct Neck Lift?
The best candidate is a healthy male who simply isn’t satisfied with the appearance of his neck or jawline. Most candidates for this type of surgery complain about the laxity in their necks caused by aging and gravity. This includes excess fat and loose skin, and also the turkey neck as described above. The most common ages for this procedure are 40-70 years of age, although age doesn’t have to be a limiting factor.
Direct Neck Lift frequently asked questions
Q– At what age can a Direct Neck Lift be performed? A Direct Neck Lift can be done at any age, although typically the patient is middle aged or older.
Q – How long does a Direct Neck Lift last? 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.
Q – Will my neck have that “stretched” look? 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.
Q – Can I get the same results without having surgery? 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.
Q – How much time off from work will I need? 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.
Q – Do I need to quit smoking for this surgery? Yes, patients are told to stop smoking for at least 4 weeks prior to surgery as smoking may cause issues with healing.