Many individuals begin to notice signs of aging in their jawline & neck areas as they creep towards middle age. This can be corrected with a lower rhytidectomy, or necklift, that a Raleigh, NC, plastic surgeon offers along with other beautifying cosmetic surgeries. Things like eyelid lifts, eye brow lifts, a rhinoplasty, or even a breast lifts & a tummy tuck.

Common Signs that Could Indicate Aging On the Neck

These age tattle-tale signs could be increased wrinkling of the neck skin, development of a double chin, excess fat tissue accumulation or simply more loose skin folds that give the neck a turkey-like wattle or the appearance of those not so jovial jawline jowls that sag downward making the person look older with less neck/jaw area skin tone.

All of these common neck area issues can be dramatically improved with a cosmetic surgery. More specifically, a lower rhytidectomy, or a neck lift is frequently done with facelift procedures as well. This conglomeration is typically always successful to tighten loose skin in the neck region.

The Meaning of the Greek Word Rhytidectomy

Many medical terms are based on Greek words because much of our modern day medical knowledge was first studied and practiced by early doctors living in ancient Greece or a nearby country influenced by Greek culture including medicine practices during that time.

So the term “rhytidectomy” comes from the Greek root word “rhytis” that loosely conveys the word wrinkles. Next, add the term “ektome” or excision. This word simply means the surgical excision of facial wrinkles. And of course, we know this facial procedure today as a facelift.

Then, we add lower to rhytidectomy, combine the meaning of the terms to give us, a lower facelift. Most plastic surgeons understand this refers more to the lower facial structures like the jawbone and the neck area.

Can a Necklift Fix Neck Muscle Banding?

It is not uncommon for people to notice a considerable amount of loose skin folds and even the development of a banded type of appearance in the neck region as the person gets older.

A plastic surgeon might use the term “platysmaplasty” which is a more extensive surgical procedure. This particular procedure’s design is to make neck muscles tighter. This can substantially improve the appearance of any vertical neck bands making the person look younger in the process. The surgeon smooths the bands and pulls them back together into a more natural location and excises, or removes, excess skin and/or fat tissue in the way.

Can a Neck Lift Occur Simultaneously With Other Facial Procedures?

Yes! Many board certified plastic surgeons often opt to combine a standard neck lift procedure with other types of facial surgeries. Also other cosmetic treatments, such as a tummy tuck or a breast augmentation complement patients revitalization efforts. As well this can include plastic surgery procedures such as  brow lifts or a forehead lift procedure, & even  eyelid surgical lifts. There are  a number of effective facial/neck region cosmetic treatments to diminish the signs of aging all over the body.

Those treatments include ones to treat a double chin, like Kybella, laser therapy or other treatment to tighten facial skin tone or dermal fillers used to plump up the skin in order to hide deeper creases and skin folds in the neck and facial areas.

How Long Should Lower Rhytidectomy Results Last?

Following a lower rhytidectomy, patients should expect to keep their rejuvenating results for many years. Quite possibly even decades to come depending on a number of factors. These factors include the exact procedure performed, patient genetic history, age and environmental exposure to toxins among others.

Plastic surgeons give their patients postoperative instructions to abide by in order to maintain their impressive results longer. This can include simple neck/facial area yoga stretch exercises, keeping weight down and limiting exposure of treated area to the harsh effects from outside sunlight, smog, airborne chemicals and other detrimental factors.

Is There Anything That a Lower Rhytidectomy Can’t Fix?

These days, cosmetic surgeries and treatments can achieve incredible results.  patients should be aware of what this surgery can’t fix. This procedure won’t change your natural looks. Nonetheless, it can give you an improved and more youthful appearance of your normal self only better. Alas, no cosmetic surgery can STOP the aging process.

Who Are the Best Candidates for This Surgery?

It’s important to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon for any surgical cosmetic surgery procedure. Even more preferably, a cosmetic surgeon that is familiar with facial/neck area surgeries. This is when the surgeon can give patients their expert completely individualized & unique per patient recommendations. As well as a time when you can ask additional questions you may have.

Some prospective patients might benefit more from additional cosmetic procedures and treatments performed simultaneously with their lower rhytidectomy. Others might be able to hold-off in lieu of a less invasive option.

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