The mini neck lift procedure was created for individuals just starting to see some mild fullness and laxity in the neck. This procedure is ideal for patients between the ages of 30-50 with mild neck tissue prominence, mild to moderate fullness or double chin, and are looking for a result-oriented alternative to other gimmicks. There have been several machines developed to address this mild or early change in neck tissue including ultrasound, infrared, radiofrequency, and even laser techniques to create an improvement; however, though these techniques may produce an improvement in some, it is not as consistent as a mini neck lift.
A mini neck lift requires a small incision behind the ear along with a small incision under the chin. The 'behind the ear' incision is to help tighten skin and muscle while the incision under the chin is for liposuction. Liposuction is not just to remove fat, but more importantly, the neck liposuction creates an inflammatory response which by itself helps to tighten the overlying skin.
The mini neck lift procedure has a downtime of 7 days. You are on restrictions during that time so no working out, heavy lifting, or bending over. You will be required to wear a neck garment that will support the neck tissue for the first 2 weeks but will primarily be worn during sleep. The stitches come out at 7 days and you are off your restrictions at that point as well. The biggest variable to downtime is the patient's ability to bruise. Some patients bruise yellow-green and others bruise black-blue. If you're the former, then 7 days to be presentable should be fine. If you're the latter, you probably want to give yourself another 3-4 days to let that subside. On the other hand, some patients will use creative scarfs to be presentable at any time. For more information, visit our mini-neck lift page at www.northsideplasticsurgery.com/mini-necklift-atlanta/.
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Mike Majmundar, M.D. is a double board certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon. He is the principal of Northside Facial Cosmetic Surgery.