While the face is often a focal point in cosmetic treatment plans, the neck should never be overlooked. Over time, the skin on our necks loses its elasticity, eventually leading to sagging and the development of wrinkles. Eventually, we lose our youthful radiance and feel limited by the sagging skin that we are now faced with. Our Boston neck lift is designed to address these signs of aging in the neck, restoring youthfulness to our patient’s looks and giving them a major boost in confidence.
How does Dr. Montilla Perform a Neck Lift?
At Montilla Plastic Surgery in the Greater Boston Area and Worcester, Dr. Richard Montilla curates personalized neck lift treatment plans to help patients address their issues. These treatments may employ various techniques in order to achieve the patient’s desired outcome.
Our neck lift in Worcester typically involve making a small incision under the chin as well as one behind or in front of the ears. These incisions give Dr. Montilla access to the underlying muscles of the neck, allowing him to tighten them while removing excess fat. In many cases,liposuction will be employed to suction out the fat. He will then remove any excess skin and close the incisions with sutures.
What Will a Neck Lift Correct?
As a person ages, their skin loses both collagen and elastin, causing the skin to sag and feel loose. The same is true for individuals who have lost an excessive amount of weight. In general, a neck lift will:
- Reduce excess skin on the neck
- Draw together and lift the neck skin
- Create a more elegant transition from the neck to the jaw
- Improve quality of the neck skin itself, making it appear softer and suppler
Is a Neck Lift Included in the Facelift Procedure?
While a facelift and a neck lift are technically two different procedures, they are often performed together. If a facelift is performed independently of our neck lift in Boston, the neck will still reap benefits by proximity, but it is far from the results of an actual neck lift. Ultimately, the patient and surgeon will decide together if they should be done together or separately. By including a neck lift with a facelift, both procedures are offer the maximum benefit to the patient.
Performing one without the other can leave parts of the face looking firmer and suppler than the rest. The texture of the skin may be uneven and appear unbalanced. By performing both procedures together, there is less risk of infection. There is also a much shorter recovery time—as opposed to performing the two procedures at two different dates, requiring two separate recovery times. It also keeps the face looking more uniform and in balance.
Combined Procedures for Well-Rounded Results
Our neck lift in Worcester is often performed in conjunction with other facial rejuvenation procedures—most commonly a facelift. Depending on which procedures are performed, the neck lift procedure itself should last a minimum of two to three hours. This ensures proper attention to detail and an optimal outcome.
Besides facelifts, neck lifts can also be combined with brow lifts, eyelid surgery, skin resurfacing treatments, injectable fillers, or a variety of other cosmetic procedures. Dr. Montilla will help you develop a treatment plan to reverse signs of aging and give you back your smooth, youthful skin.
For additional information about the procedure, answers to any questions you might have or to discuss your particular situation, please contact our Greater Boston Area or Worcester office to schedule a consultation!
After the procedure, it is normal for patients to experience conditions such as swelling, bruising, and discomfort around the treatment areas. These can all be easily managed with medication. Tingling and tightness around the treatment areas are also common but will pass after a couple of weeks.
Most people are able to get back to work just 10 to 14 days after the treatment. However, it is typically recommended that patients wait a bit longer before engaging in any strenuous activity (exercise and heavy lifting).
Dr. Montilla – A Surgeon Focused on Helping
Whether in his own office or abroad, Dr. Montilla, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Boston, applies himself to the betterment of others. He is a member of several non-profit organizations, each of which is focused on those less fortunate. These groups include:
- Surgicorps International, which sponsors medical missions helping those unable to access medical resources.
- Hands Across the World, a nonprofit organization that provides free medical and surgical care, every year, to children and those in need in developing countries.
Whether with these organizations or his own patients, Dr. Montilla leaves no stone unturned in ensuring his reach is as broad as possible.Learn More About Dr. Montilla