As we age, the skin on our neck is prone to sagging, resulting in vertical banding, wrinkles, and a loss of definition in the jawline. One common concern for those considering a neck lift procedure to rejuvenate their appearance is the visibility of scars. In this blog, Dr. Victoria Givens will explore the intricacies of neck lift scars, addressing common questions and dispelling misconceptions to understand what to expect comprehensively.
The Incision Process
A neck lift is a surgical procedure designed to firm and tighten the skin while sculpting the neck's contours for a youthful appearance. This comprehensive treatment often involves a combination of liposuction and excess skin removal, along with potential dermal filler injections and radiofrequency microneedling to optimize skin health.
One of the primary concerns for individuals considering a neck lift is the visibility of scars. However, skilled plastic surgeons like Dr. Givens use strategic techniques to minimize scarring. Incisions are typically made in inconspicuous locations, ensuring that scars are well hidden within natural skin creases.
Having realistic expectations regarding scarring is essential; some scarring is inevitable with any surgical procedure. However, the goal is to ensure that scars blend seamlessly into the skin's natural contours.
Behind the Ears
Placing incisions behind the ears is a common approach for neck lifts. This location ensures that scars are discreetly concealed within the natural contours of the ear, minimizing their visibility. Dr. Givens carefully sutures the incisions to promote optimal healing and reduce the risk of noticeable scarring.
Under the Chin
Dr. Givens may sometimes opt for an additional incision under the chin to address excess skin and fat. Similar to incisions behind the ears, this location is strategically chosen to keep scars inconspicuous. Surgeons like Dr. Givens employ precision in suturing to promote minimal scarring; over time, these scars often become less noticeable.
Scar Healing and Aftercare
After undergoing a neck lift surgery, it is important to take proper care of the surgical incision site to ensure healing while reducing the appearance of scars. For example:
- Keep the incision area clean. Your surgeon may recommend using a special formula to cleanse the area and prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection. It is essential to avoid touching the incision site with dirty hands.
- Avoid any strenuous activities that may put pressure on the incision site. This includes lifting heavy objects, bending over, or engaging in vigorous exercise.
- Avoid exposing the incision site to direct sunlight, as this can cause the scar to become darker and more noticeable.
- Follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding scar care. Dr. Givens’ recommendations include applying a special hypochlorous spray to the scar to minimize scarring, help reduce swelling, and accelerate healing.
A Neck Lift With Dr. Givens Minimizes Scarring
If you are considering a neck lift surgery, choosing a skilled and experienced surgeon who can guide you through the process and provide you with the best possible outcome is crucial. Dr. Victoria Givens is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon with years of experience in performing neck lift surgeries. Her expertise allows her to achieve a rejuvenated appearance with discreetly hidden scars so you can enjoy the youthful contours of your neck without unnecessary concern.
When you’re ready to take the next step towards a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance, we encourage you to book a consultation with Dr. Givens. You can discuss your goals and concerns with Dr. Givens during your consultation and learn more about the neck lift procedure. Contact us today!