A neck lift is a cosmetic procedure that is aimed to improve the condition of muscle and skin on your neck and jawline. A facial procedure, like a facelift or rhytidectomy, can address sagging under the chin and upper neck. However, if the entire neck has sagging or aging issues, a neck lift or lower rhytidectomy, performed by the best-rated plastic surgeon in Manhattan, NY Dr. Gary Linkov, may be needed. City Facial Plastics in New York offers exceptional neck lifts to help address the emergence of a turkey waddle.
What is a Neck Lift?
A neck lift is a family of treatments that address problems with fat, muscle and skin on your neck and jawline. It helps to correct excess flesh on the neck and jowls and gives a contoured and youthful appearance. If there is enough elasticity in the skin, you may benefit from having liposuction (removal of excess fat) alone. Patients may also require liposuction in combination with a platysmaplasty (tightening of the muscles of the neck), to produce a sculpted, angular and youthful jawline. Patients with loose facial and neck skin often choose both a neck lift and facelift. This is in addition to or instead of liposuction.
What Is the Relevant Anatomy for a Neck Lift?
In order to best understand neck lift surgery and what it can accomplish, it is important to be familiar with the major anatomical structures in the neck. Summarized below are the anatomical neck structures that are involved in the neck lift procedure.
The cervicomental angle is the angle between the lower aspect of the chin and the start of the neck. Research has shown that the cervicomental angle is an important part of determining attractiveness, with angles ranging 90-105 degrees considered to be most attractive and angles above this range considered to be less attractive. The hyoid bone is a bone in the upper part of the neck which helps determine the cervicomental angle.
The hyoid bone is a U-shaped bone located in the anterior part of the upper neck. While its main role is to anchor the tongue, several muscles in the neck also attach to the hyoid. The hyoid bone helps with chewing, swallowing, and speech. The exact location of the hyoid bone varies from person to person, and its position helps determine the cervicomental angle.
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