Understanding Neck Lifts

One of the most prominent signs of aging is loose skin in the neck area. Neck lifts create a defined neck and jawline, which naturally lends to a younger appearance. This procedure reduces excess skin on the neck, eliminating ‘turkey neck’, jowls, and neck banding. Neck lifts involve very delicate skin and demand a surgeon who can carefully address excess wrinkling and sculpt the area into a natural-looking, elegant silhouette. Sagging skin around the neck cannot be fixed by diet and exercise; in fact, it is typically caused by the following:

  • Environmental-based skin damage due to pollution or sun exposure
  • Increase in skin laxity due to age
  • Heredity
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Facial Rejuvenation with Dr. Alexey Markelov

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Why choose Dr. Markelov for a Neck Lift in Tampa?

A plastic surgeon with advanced training and a meticulous eye is key when considering a neck lift, or lower rhytidectomy. Dr. Markelov regards neck lifts as more than just tightening loose skin. He skillfully sculpts the neck area to give each patient a refined, youthful profile. His expertise has been honed over years of strenuous training at the best medical institutions in the US. Here is a sampling of some of his accomplishments:

  • Double board-certified 
  • Trained at the top-rated University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • Completed general surgery training and taught at Drexel University College of Medicine at Easton Hospital
  • Award-winning surgeon, including a 2012 Patients’ Choice Award
  • Spent first part of his career at one of the highest rated plastic surgery clinics in Wisconsin

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What can a neck lift accomplish?

Jowls or a sagging neck, sometimes called ‘turkey neck’ or ‘wattle’,  can have a displeasing impact on someone’s facial profile. Each neck lift in Tampa is different because each patient’s needs are different. Depending on what a patient requires, a neck lift may address the following:

  • Excess fat and skin relaxation in the lower face (jowls)
  • Unwanted fat under the chin
  • Loose skin with muscle bands, or ‘neck banding’

More on neck banding

Some patients suffer from neck banding, which occurs when vertical lines running from the chin to collarbone are abnormally prominent. Neck banding is caused by laxity of the platysma muscle, which is a flat muscle that spans the throat, chin, and jawline.

The process during which it loses its tightness is known as diastasis. Neck lifts address this issue and leave patients with a tighter platysma and a countered neck and jawline.

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Benefits of a neck lift

Dr. Markelov loves to see the rejuvenating effect this procedure provides. A sleek, elegant neck shaves years off a patient’s overall appearance. Some common benefits include:

  • Increased self-confidence 
  • Elimination of a double chin/’turkey neck’/jowls
  • Correction of ‘neck banding’
  • A smoother jawline
  • The skin has a firm, youthful appearance
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Determining your candidacy There is no right age for a neck lift

Everyone deserves to look the age they feel. Candidates for neck lifts range from their 40s to their 70s. Those who have experienced significant weight loss may seek neck lift surgery at any time. Since each person’s genes and environment are different, there is no ideal age to undergo a neck lift. If you feel self-conscious about the way your neck looks, it is the right time for you to talk with Dr. Markelov about your options for a more youthful countenance.  A neck lift is best for those who are:

  • Healthy 
  • Non-smokers 
  • Have maintained a consistent weight for the past six months
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Direct Neck Lift Procedure: Everything You Need To Know

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What to expect during a neck lift? 

This procedure can be performed under IV sedation or general anesthesia. Dr. Markelov carefully examines each patient’s face and formulates an individualized plan for fat removal and subsequent sculpting of the area. Discreet incisions are made along the lower hairline toward the ears, stretching along the hairline to the base of the neck.

Fat may be sculpted or redistributed from the jowls and neck. The underlying tissue is repositioned, and commonly the platysma muscles are tightened. Skin is re-draped over the uplifted contours and excess skin is trimmed away.

High caliber training, less patient discomfort

Dr. Markelov always prioritizes patient comfort. He has developed specific techniques to ensure that patient recovery time is faster than average. Dr. Markelov creates a customized after-care plan and schedules follow-up visits to make sure the healing process is optimized.

Recovery can take several weeks, and soreness and swelling are normal. A small drainage tube may be used to prevent fluid from collecting under the skin. Dr. Markelov prefers to prescribe highly effective non-narcotic pain relievers whenever possible.

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AM Plastic Surgery is here for you

Dr. Markelov and the staff at AM Plastic Surgery in Tampa are highly trained and can take years off your appearance with a neck lift in Tampa. Schedule a virtual consultation with Dr. Markelov today.

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