A neck lift may be needed to combat the affects of aging or it may be necessary after the loss of a significant amount of weight. The procedure may involve removal and/or alteration of the muscles like the platysma. “The platysma is the muscle men activate to shave their neck – it’s a big, flat strap of muscle that runs from the bottom of the jaw to the collar bone. After the 30s, sometimes there is separation in the mid-line, and the “turkey gobbler” falls down in between; you get that jowly appearance. So we make a one-inch incision under the chin, take out the turkey gobbler, and suture the muscles back to their proper anatomical position, which restores the neck to a youthful architecture. Then we re-drape the neck skin.”
“For men, another thing we have to consider is they have more hair-bearing skin, so we have to carefully remove hair follicles that will fall outside the normal pattern of facial/neck hair growth when we re-drape the skin. We perform laser hair removal to address that, and that’s included as part of my recovery package – typically once a month for six months.”
Depending on the concerns being corrected and the techniques used, the neck lift procedure takes from one to four hours to complete, using general anesthesia or local anesthesia with intravenous sedation. You will need about a week off before returning to work and an additional week or two before participating in heavy exercise and sports activities. Most men can golf the day once their sutures are out by day 8 or 10 after the surgery. “No one can guarantee a great result, but if it’s an outcome that is possible, I will strive to achieve that outcome,” says Dr. Vanek.
Lift procedures can be combined with additional innovative procedures to maximize the results of your body contouring, like VASER® Lipo liposuction. As a medical researcher who has participated in NIH and FDA studies, Dr. Vanek is on the forefront of medical technology and up-to-date on the latest techniques. Volume reconstruction with fat transfer may play a role in a great outcome for you – we’ll discuss this in our consultation.
“My bio-physics background and the research I have done uniquely qualify me to properly discern what technologies are going to be best for my patients,” explains Dr. Vanek, who encourages all prospective patients to schedule a consultation. “A great outcome begins with the consultation.”
During the consultation, Dr. Vanek will educate you on the risks and benefits of any procedure and empower you to make an informed, medically sound decision. Your individual anatomy and your aesthetic goals will create a series of surgical options for Dr. Vanek to review with you.
“I have the experience in body contouring to accomplish your goals; but we may need to stage your procedures appropriately to get you there safely.” Dr. Vanek says. “Give us a call. I’d love to talk with you and help you celebrate your beauty.”