When the skin of the neck starts to sag, it can make a person look overweight and older. To prevent this from happening, Orange County residents should consider a neck lift from Dr. Sikorski. She can trim away excess skin, fat, and tighten muscle under the jaw to eliminate double chins and create a stunning jawline.
What is a Neck Lift?
A neck lift will automatically create the impression that you have lost weight and in almost all instances will also make you appear younger.
Loose, excess skin and fatty tissues beneath the jaw lead to a double chin, hanging skin and a loss of your youthful contour. Although some Orange County patients who have only excess fat in the area can achieve great results with liposuction, excessive loose skin must be removed in order to tighten the area properly. Frequently Dr. Sikorski will perform both procedures at the same time.
A small incision under the chin allows for direct tightening of the neck’s superficial muscles to establish a better angle between the neck and jaw line and to eliminate neck “bands” that often show up as we age. The result is a tighter, more youthful neck and jaw line which can take years off your appearance. Recovery time is brief and discomfort is minimal.
Whatever the reason you wish to have a neck lift, OC patients of all ages undergo neck lift procedures and it is becoming one of the most frequently asked for cosmetic surgical corrections.
Is a Neck Lift Right for Me?
The great thing about a neck lift is that it can be completely customized for each patient. For example, some patients might suffer from excess skin, while others might have weak neck muscles. All of these problems can be corrected with ease during the same procedure.
Dr. Sikorski will be able to determine for sure whether or not a patient is a candidate for a facelift after the initial consultation at our Orange County office. Some qualities of a good candidate include:
- Being unhappy with the appearance of the neck, chin, and jawline.
- Being healthy enough for surgery.
- Being realistic about what a neck lift can and cannot do.
A Neck Lift May Combine a Set of Procedures:
- Cervicoplasty is the procedure used to remove excess skin
- Platysmaplasty alters neck muscles to release and remove neck “bands”
- Liposuction – Dr. Sikorski also can perform neck liposuction, which removes excess fat.
Are you ready to improve your appearance?
Costs of Cosmetic Surgery
At Natural Image OC in the Orange County area, we maintain a top-level integrated, AAAHC accredited outpatient surgery center. This helps reduce the costs of cosmetic surgery because we are not tied to the additional costs of a satellite surgical center, nor do any “overtime” costs that can accrue from extra surgery time or anesthesiologist fees. In the end, this can save up to 25% over what many surgeries might cost elsewhere
How Should I Prepare for a Neck Lift?
During your consultation, Dr. Sikorski will instruct you on what medications to avoid prior to your surgery. Certain medications and vitamins thin your blood and can cause increased bleeding and bruising.
If you are a smoker, you will need to quit at least two weeks before the surgery and two weeks after. You cannot just plan to cut down.
Recovery takes time and it’s important that you’re patient with the process.
Patients will need to take it easy for a few days to a week (depending on the extent to the lift) before they can return to their normal schedule (including going back to work).
Patients use ice packs for the first 24 to 48 hours to help with bruising and discomfort. Patients can take pain medications if necessary. They may also want to wear loose clothing that doesn’t irritate the wound.
Things to have at home for your recovery:
- Ice packs or small packs of frozen peas
- Gauze and towels
- A Thermometer to monitor your temperature
- Comfortable, loose clothing ( no pull over garments)
- Ointment Dr. Sikorski has provided for incision sites
- Telephone within easy reaching distance so you don’t have to strain to get to the phone
- Supply of pillows which will allow you to keep your head in a comfortable position (Softer pillows allow you to more comfortably rest in a semi-reclining position)
- Someone who can stay with you at least the first 24 hours after surgery (You will have a Registered Nurse for the first 24 hours following your surgery)
Your consultation visit
You’ll enjoy a relaxing visit to our office where you can ask questions, meet our staff, take a tour of our office and surgical suite and view additional photo results of our OC patients.
Your consultation assessment is with Dr. Sikorski, not an impersonal or commissioned sales person. Fees and procedure preparations are discussed with our patient coordinator, who will detail the surgical experience with you.
We look forward to meeting with you and helping you find the simplest solution to achieve the goals you desire. For a neck lift consultation, contact Dr. Sikorski in the Orange County area at (949) 448-0487.
Specialists in Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology Serving The Greater Orange County Area.
Dr. Sikorski offers cosmetic & dermatology procedures to patients in the following areas: Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Mission Viejo, Costa Mesa, Coto de Caza, Irvine, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Newport Coast, Newport Beach, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Rancho Santa Margarita, Tustin.