Lines and wrinkles aren’t the only ageing symptoms that cause concern. Some men and women find that skin laxity underneath the jawline, which leads to the appearance of a double chin and a turkey neck, can be just as problematic. Like facial wrinkles, there are few options short of professional treatments that will reverse these signs of ageing and create a youthful and rejuvenated appearance. Fortunately, Dr Morris Ritz has just the surgical solution for a double chin and a turkey neck, with the ability to create dramatic, long-lasting improvement along the jawline and neck area.
The Ageing Neck
When it comes to showing the results of time, the focus is usually spent on the face. However, the thin, delicate skin of the neck is also vulnerable to the ageing process, often showing its toll even before the symptoms become prominent on the face. Skin laxity leads to the turkey neck look, while the muscle of the neck, known as the platysma, also becomes looser and adds to the aged appearance. Pockets of submental fat can form underneath the jawline, giving you a double chin look even if you haven’t gained a bit of weight.
Whilst these changes can make you self-conscious about your appearance; the good news is a single surgery can address all these concerns to produce a smoother profile and rejuvenated appearance. Dr Morris Ritz performs neck lifts on individuals that want to reverse those tell-tale signs of ageing.
What is a Neck Lift?
A neck lift is a surgery that addresses skin and muscle laxity around the neck while sculpting a smoother transition from the lower jawline to the neck area. The procedure may correct the following concerns:
- Double chin due to the formation of submental fat
- Jowl formation caused by loose skin around the jawline
- Skin laxity in the front of the neck that creates a turkey neck appearance
- Loose platysma that may result in horizontal banding around the neck
Correction of jowls is somewhat minimal with a neck lift alone, but Dr Ritz frequently performs this procedure in conjunction with a facelift to provide further enhancement along the jawline and a more dramatic outcome overall.
Investment in Youth
Dr Ritz performs neck lifts at accredited area hospitals to ensure his patients receive the highest level of care before, during and after their procedures. It is not unusual for this surgery to be done under general anaesthesia to ensure the patient’s comfort. Some patients will also spend the night after their procedure so that they can be cared for by attentive nursing staff in the early hours of their recovery process.
Incisions are made behind the ear and underneath the chin to allow for removal of excess skin without leaving noticeable scarring behind. Dr Ritz will also tighten up the platysma when appropriate to produce the smoothest possible neck contour. After surgery, a bandage will be placed on the surgical site, which will be left on for up to one week. Dr Ritz will monitor your progress weekly as well, to ensure no complications arise as your body heals.
Results that Last It takes some time to recovery from neck lift surgery. Most of our patients are unable to drive for the first week, and wait about that long to return to work and other activities. Strenuous exercise will need to wait for a few weeks to ensure your body has ample time to heal completely.
Whilst recovery is not overnight, the results that you enjoy once you heal from your neck lift will be worth the wait. Your smoother neck contour and more defined profile will last for many years after your surgery. Our patients tend to have a very high satisfaction rate after this procedure due to the dramatic results that can give them a younger look and greater self-confidence for many years to come.
If a turkey neck is getting in the way of your appearance and your confidence, maybe a neck lift is the right choice for you. Schedule your consultation with Dr Ritz today by calling his office on 03 9508 9503.