Just like women, men are prone to showing signs of aging, particularly in the neck region and around the eyes. Historically, it has not been common for men to seek cosmetic surgery. However, increased acceptance of cosmetic procedures and more competitive work environments have led many men under the knife to reverse signs of aging. Sagging skin in the neck area (turkey neck) drastically shows signs of male aging due to decreased elasticity and excess fat. A male neck lift can dramatically improve the appearance of the neck region.
If you are ready to learn more about how a male neck lift can improve your look, request a consultation online with Dr. Steele, or call our office at 817-730-5330. We serve patients in Fort Worth, TX and surrounding communities and we welcome patients who wish to travel from outside the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
Male Neck Lift
The male neck lift procedure is less invasive than a facelift, but provides the same dramatic, long-lasting results in the neck and jowl region. The primary difference between a male neck lift and a facelift is the scar location: facelift scars run in front of and behind the ear into the hairline, while male neck lift incisions are located directly on the neck. Direct excision of the neck skin allows for a more powerful reversal of the aging neck. Benefits include:
- Elimination of loose neck skin
- Reduction of fat under the chin, jawline
- Tightening of the neck muscles for improved contour and shape of the neck
The neck scar heals extremely well due to the high blood flow in hair-bearing male facial skin. Click here to see before/after photos of male neck lift patients.
Male neck lift procedures are typically performed as an outpatient under general anesthesia. You should expect bruising and swelling. A small drain is typically placed and removed within the first week. A bulky dressing is applied for gentle pressure and removed in a few days. Sutures are removed around one week, at which time you can resume shaving. Dr. Steele may ask you to wear a compression garment for 1-2 weeks after surgery.
Work activities can generally be resumed within a few days; however, you may wish to take 7-14 days off from work to allow the swelling and bruising to dissipate. It will take up to 3 months for all of the swelling to resolve. Cardio activities can be resumed around 3-4 weeks and gradual return to weight training can be resumed between 4-6 weeks. Dr. Steele will recommend Biocorneum for optimal scar management.
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Good sun protection is especially important for optimal scar healing. Prolonged sun exposure increases and prolongs scar redness. Regular sunscreen use will also help maintain healthy skin, decrease the presence of fine lines, and decrease your risk of skin cancer.
A good skin care regimen including gentle cleansing, moisturizing, sun screen, and retinoid use is very helpful for maintaining a healthy skin appearance while minimizing fine lines. Topical antioxidants and a healthy diet are also very helpful.
Diet and Exercise:
A good diet and exercise regimen is vital to healthy skin. Proper nutrition is important to ensure the necessary vitamins and antioxidants are available for healing and maintenance of healthy skin. A stable weight will prevent fluctuations that may result in skin laxity.
Smoking has a significant impact on wound healing and accelerates facial aging. Nicotine causes restricted blood flow which results in wound infections, open wounds, and bad scars. It also causes premature ageing and a sallow, discolored appearance. Best to quit smoking one month before and after surgery, and even better for your health to discontinue entirely. This applies to all nicotine products including chewing tobacco, vape cigarettes with nicotine, and nicotine patches/gums.
Dr. Steele will recommend topical scar therapy postoperatively for optimal scar healing.