New Orleans, LA
Rejuvenate Your Neck With a Specialized Approach
Deep neck lifts address a specific area that is unable to be addressed by traditional liposuction. In some patients, particularly with heavier necks, the primary issue can be related to contributions from deeper neck structures, such as deep neck fat, muscle, or droopy/enlarged salivary glands. When a patient develops laxity, drooping, or excess fat within the deepest plane of the neck, an ordinary neck lift or liposuction might not be the best choice. Instead, a surgical technique known as a deep neck lift may be needed to tighten, tone, and reshape the neck.
Fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon Dr. Claire Melancon offers Deep Neck Lifts in New Orleans to patients who are determined to be good candidates during their surgical consultation. Her results are natural, yet dramatically improve the patient's jawline and neckline.
The neck consists of different tissue planes, from superficial to intermediate to deep. The deepest plane is tucked away behind the superficial platysma muscle, and consists of the deep fat layer, submandibular glands, and digastric muscles. A Deep Neck Lift is a specialized surgical approach that addresses these deeper structures contributing to the heavy neck.
What are the differences between a Deep Neck Lift and a Traditional Neck Lift?
A traditional neck lift focuses on the superficial and intermediate layers of the neck primarily. Our New Orleans Deep Neck Lift goes a step further by refining deeper structures not accessible with conventional neck lift surgery or liposuction. For example, if a patient has deep submuscular neck fat that is out of reach of a liposuction cannula, the deep plane technique may yield a more satisfactory outcome.
Deep neck lifts can yield the most dramatic results in the right patients, as the procedure contours all the neck structures and layers needed to give the best jawline.
Advantages of Deep Plane Neck Lifts
If you have concerns such as sagging jowls, neck bands, a turkey neck, or excess neck fat, you could be a prime candidate for a Deep Neck Lift surgery. There is no "right age." Candidacy is based on your physical exam and goals. Patients must be mentally and physically healthy enough to undergo surgery. BMI > 32 is generally contraindicated, as are patients in the middle of large fluctuations in their weight.
When you meet with Dr. Melancon for your initial consultation, she will ask about your goals, neck aging concerns, and medical history. If you are determined to be a candidate for a Deep Neck Lift, depending on your age and other health issues, you may need to complete lab work, get a physician's clearance, quit smoking if you use tobacco, and temporarily avoid blood-thinning medications and certain herbal supplements.
After general anesthesia is administered, Dr. Melancon makes an incision hidden under the chin. She then reshapes the neck by tightening and refining the underlying muscle and soft tissues in the deep plane, along with removing any fat. When considering the Deep Neck Lift New Orleans patients should expect the operation to last two-three hours on average.
A full recovery can take several months, although the majority of the swelling and healing occurs within two weeks. Most of Dr. Melancon's patients feel well enough to return to work within 1-2 weeks. Strenuous activities such as heavy lifting, exercise, and bending may be off-limits for up to four-six weeks. Stitches are removed after one week. Detailed aftercare instructions are provided prior to surgery.
With dozens of glowing five-star reviews, patients confirm the experience that you will have at Audubon Facial Plastic Surgery with founder and lead surgeon, Dr. Claire Melancon. Dr. Melancon is an expert and an artist, marrying a vast knowledge of facial anatomy and technical precision to provide surgical results that exceed expectations in a natural way. She is fellowship-trained, board-certified, and offers the highest standard of care throughout her patients' surgical journeys.
Call 504-264-7833 or book your consultation online to learn about your New Orleans Deep Neck Lift options.
The Deep Neck Lift is a specialized approach offered by only a few select surgeons in the New Orleans area.
Neck rejuvenation surgery is generally not very painful, although there can be swelling, tightness, and discomfort during the earliest stages of healing. Your pain is managed with medication should you have any discomfort.
Like any other surgery, risks like infection, scars, prolonged numbness, wound healing problems, fluid accumulation, and anesthesia-related complications are possible. Board-certified Dr. Melancon has undergone fellowship training to ensure the lowest complication rates.
The results of Deep Neck Lifts should stand the test of time, although the skin and tissues may continue to age as the years pass. Should you gain a lot of weight, your results may also be diminished.
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