Recapture Your Youthful Look

Are bothered by the way your neck is showing signs of aging, and feel like it is out of sync with your face? If so, a structural neck lift could be right for you. This procedure does not impact the lower face, but rather addresses the glandular, fatty, and muscular tissue below the chin that can increase in size over time. At C + Co Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics in Charlottesville, Virginia, expert facial plastic surgeon Dr. Elizabeth Chance brings a bespoke, modern approach to the neck lift by focusing on the details.

How Does A Neck Lift Work?

During a neck lift, double board-certified facial specialist Dr. Chance manipulates the platysma muscle and removes excess fat and glandular tissue from the area under the chin. Dr. Chance performs a deep structural neck lift, a modality only a handful of facial plastic surgeons have mastered. This more intricate approach requires greater expertise and yields a more natural result.

When performing a neck lift, Dr. Chance typically makes a small incision under the chin to lift the skin and trim any local fatty tissue. Then she sews the platysma muscles together to create a snug look and defined neck contour. In some cases, the incision is made behind the ear or hairline when patients have excessive amounts of skin.

How Do I Know If A Neck Lift Is Right For Me?

The best way to find out is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Chance. During this hour-long session, Dr. Chance takes time to get to know you. She’ll listen as you share your goals, fears, and insecurities with an understanding and compassionate ear. If Dr. Chance determines that a neck lift can help, she will educate you about its advantages and disadvantages; this way, you are empowered to make an informed decision.

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What Are Some Reasons To Seek A Neck Lift?

You might seek a neck lift if you identify with any of the following:

  • You are in your late 30s or 40s and don’t yet have significant signs of aging in the face
  • You are genetically predisposed to have a big neck 
  • You have a double chin, or excess fat in the neck area unaffected by diet or exercise
  • You have horizontal or vertical neck banding

What Is Recovery Like After a Neck Lift?

With Dr. Chance and the team at C + Co Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics, you can expect a smooth, low-stress recovery. Dr. Chance and her surgical nurse will be with you every step of the way. Because Dr. Chance knows that recovery can be emotionally and physically taxing, she has developed intensive intraoperative maneuvers to reduce bleeding/hematoma risk. Reduced bleeding means less bruising and swelling, faster recovery, and better results. Dr. Chance will have three visits with you in the week following your surgery to ensure healing is going well. After that, she will see you again after 6 weeks, 6 months, and finally at one year post-procedure. Full recovery takes time, typically around 4-6 weeks. However, patients can usually return to desk jobs and light activity after two weeks.

What Results Can I Expect After The Procedure?

A crisp, elegant neck can turn back the clock on your overall appearance. Because Dr. Chance is a specialist with thousands of hours of surgical training exclusively on the head and neck, your results will look completely natural and age-appropriate. Incisions will be expertly hidden, your neck contour and profile will be balanced, and there will be no stretching or pulling. 

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We Hear You, And We Can Relate

Dr. Chance and her all-woman team at C + Co Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics espouse a modern approach to anti-aging. Double board-certified in head and neck as well as facial plastic surgery, Dr. Chance reliably produces outstanding facial transformations that are undetectable to the untrained eye. What really sets C + Co Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics apart, however, is the level of emotional support patients receive. 

Dr. Chance herself has felt the complexities of aging, and knows that surgery is a big step. That’s why she created a practice that centers excellence as well as empathy. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Chance, call or message us today!

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