Open Neck Lift

  • “The face tells a lie whereas the neck tells the truth" - Nora Ephron (author, When Harry Met Sally)
  • The neck often shows the first signs of aging: loose neck skin, wrinkling and creasing, and muscle bands.
  • Neck lift surgery is the gold standard for restoring a lifted and angled neck contour, particularly with non-invasive devices have failed.
  • The degree of skin looseness determines whether a "closed" (minimal incisions) or "open" (visible, but well placed, scar) approach is needed.

    Recommended Procedures

    • Open neck lift is necessary when neck skin is moderately to severely loose and elasticity has been lost.
    • ‘Open’ refers to the fact that a visible (albeit well disguised) scar behind, and sometimes in front of, the ears is needed in order to remove excess neck skin.

    Other Options

    • Closed Neck Lift is ideal when the looseness of skin mild and/or there is a lot of fatty tissue, or if there is an existing neck scar that can be used for access.
    • There is no good non-surgical option to improve very loose neck skin.

    How It’s Done

    • Dr. Rad uses liposuction to de-fat the neck tissues and to define the plane.
    • Dr. Rad then places the scar around the ear, separates the neck skin from the underlying muscle (platysma) layer and then lifts the neck muscle with permanent sutures anchored to the strong tissues behind the ear. Excess skin is removed and incisions closed.
    • This is one of the most gratifying procedures for Dr. Rad’s patients as it results in beautiful contours reliably and with longevity.

    Safety

    • In Dr. Rad's hands, this is a very safe procedure. Risks are minimal and not dangerous.
    • Dr. Rad works with a board certified anesthesiologist and performs surgery only in an accredited surgery center or hospital operating facility.
    • Medical clearance by your Primary Care Physician is required prior to surgery.
    • Accompaniment by a family member or friend for 48 hours after surgery is required.
    • Dr. Rad does not accept patients seeking an extreme makeover or the looks of another person 

    What to Expect

    • Pain is rare. The most common sensation is temporary neck tightness.
    • Bruising and swelling are normal and resolve over 7 to 10 days.
    • Return to work or going to social outings 2 weeks after surgery is common.

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    Open neck lift is the treatment of choice for severe neck tissue laxity. Dr. Rad suspends the muscle layer for beautiful and permanent neck contouring, and he places the scar behind the ear where it is most hidden.


    Photos are of patients who have given explicit written agreement to have them displayed. For patient privacy reasons, the majority of Dr. Rad's patients prefer their before/after photos to remain off-line. However, Dr. Rad will be happy to show you, in the setting of a confidential consultation, a series of before/after photos, not displayed here, to address your specific concerns.

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