A double chin can also be removed and tightened for a younger, more attractive profile. A neck lift often includes liposuction. Our board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Sofonio, offers a neck lift in Rancho Mirage for patients who desire a younger looking neck.

What is the Procedure?

During your consultation for a neck lift in Palm Springs, Dr. Sofonio will discuss the procedure with you to determine whether your unique condition is caused by excess fat and skin or loose neck muscles. Two different approaches could be employed:

  • Cervicoplasty: This surgery removes excess skin and fat appearing beneath the chin and on the upper neck to restore youthful definition at the jawline and upper neck.
  • Platysmaplasty: The “platysma” muscles are on the front of the neck. This procedure tightens the underlying muscle structure of the neck, treats vertical neck bands, and creates a youthful, firm neck profile.
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Surgery Details

Excess fat is removed by making incisions below the chin and performing liposuction, which will take about an hour. Cervicoplasty and platysmaplasty, however, will take one to four hours depending on the extent of the procedure. In cervicoplasty, incisions below the chin or at the back of the ears are made to lift and trim excess skin for a firmer appearance. In platysmaplasty, similar incisions are also made to access and adjust the neck muscles to prevent them from sagging.

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For a Refined, Elegant Result, Choose Dr. Sofonio.

The skills, artistry, and experience of your plastic surgeon matter. Dr. Sofonio is not only an exceptionally talented plastic surgeon, but he also has a natural eye for beauty and balance. Every neck lift in Palm Desert is 100 percent customized, and geared to produce a remarkably natural, refreshed look, with the neck and jawline once again firm, structured, and defined. His warm, caring personality and genuine care for his patients, integrity, and dedication to achieving the most beautiful results have led to his reputation for excellence in plastic surgery.

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What is the Neck Lift Recovery Experience?

Initially, your neck area will feel tight due to residual swelling and bruising. You will have stitches and sutures applied to tighten the neck muscles and skin and close the incisions. You will need to wear a compression bandage for several weeks. Dr. Sofonio will give instructions on caring for your incisions during healing. Swelling, bruising, and numbness are common sensations after a neck lift surgery, and these may last for a few weeks.

The procedure has a downtime of a few weeks, and intense physical activities will need to be put on hold for about three to four weeks, allowing for the incisions to fully heal. Follow all aftercare instructions and take medications as directed. You will have several follow-up appointments with Dr. Sofonio to ensure your recovery is proceeding as it should. The end result is a smooth, defined, youthful neck contour you will enjoy for years.

Your New Look: Elegant and Natural

A neck lift corrects problems of excess skin and loose neck muscles to instantly give the patient a younger and more vibrant look. It also gives the illusion that the patient has lost a significant amount of weight. The final result following neck lift surgery appears within several months. After that time, you should see a marked improvement in the appearance of the neck.

Mini Chin Tuck for Neck Rejuvenation

Some patients may benefit from a “mini chin tuck” rather than a full neck lift. This advanced, less invasive procedure uses smaller incisions under your chin and local anesthesia, helping you tighten your skin with less downtime.

The procedure is performed under local anesthesia and generally takes less than one hour to complete. With the proper skincare regimen, results from a mini chin tuck can be maintained for as long as ten to fifteen years.

However, this will depend on your skin condition, age, and your skin care regimen. Dr. Sofonio can help you determine if a mini chin tuck is the ideal procedure for you. Contact our office in Rancho Mirage today to schedule an appointment for a consultation!

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