Are you considering a neck lift because you’re unhappy with the appearance of your extremely loose and wrinkly skin? If you are, then you probably have a lot of questions you’d like answered about the procedure including – Will my scars show from a neck lift. Neck lift for loose skin Sagging skin can make you look old, and is often a clear giveaway of your age. Loose skin can be due to several factors including sun damage, genetics, and weight fluctuations. Some people also have excess fat in the neck area, or develop bands. A neck lift is a great way to restore the firmness to your neck, and improve your overall appearance. Neck Lift Surgery Neck lift surgery is typically done on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. The incisions are usually made behind the ear, but this may vary based on the specific needs of the patient. The surgeon will then remove the excess skin that is causing sagging in the neck region. A neck lift may also include the tightening of the platysma muscle. The platysma muscle is at the front of the neck, just below the chin. Thismuscle often becomes weak and separates as you age, giving rise to what’s commonly referred to as a turkey neck. If the platysma muscle needs to be tightened, a small incision will be made below the chin. A neck lift is done to refine the appearance of the neck, so that it’s firmer, smoother, and more youthful than before. Recovery The recovery time after surgery often varies depending on the extent of the surgery. There is generally some bruising and swelling, and some people also experience tightness in the neck area. These symptoms will resolve slowly, and last for about 14 days on average. However patients should always take note of the post-op instructions of their plastic surgeon. Patients may be given a neck support garment to assist with healing. Will my scars show from a neck lift? Whether or not your scars show after a neck lift will depend on the placement of the incisions, as well as the skill and technique of the surgeon. The incisions for necklift surgery are generallymade behind the ear. However, depending on the specific requirements of the patient, incisions may sometimes extend around the earlobe or down the hairline. Incisions that are made behind the ear are usually placed so that the scars can be concealed by your hair. If an incision is needed below the chin to tighten the platysma muscle, it’s usually a very thin incision, and the scar is not easily visible because of the placement. Whether or not your scars show after a neck lift is also influenced by the surgical competenceof the surgeon. A skilled surgeon will certainly use a careful technique and do their best to ensure that the size of the incision is minimized, so that the resulting scar will be as inconspicuous as possible. If you would like your scar to be well-concealed then be sure to choose a surgeon that is concerned about the proper placement of the incisions. It’s a good idea to take a look at some before and after photographs of patients, on whom the plastic surgeon has performed surgery. Pay particular attention to the position of the scars. The right placement and technique with neck lift surgery will result in incisions that heal well, and scars that are hardly noticeable. For best results you should meet with an experienced board certified plastic surgeon, and discuss the location of the incisions, based on your unique needs. Are you a good candidate? If you are experiencing signs of an aging such as wrinkles and creases in the neck region, loose skin, and a turkey neck, you may be a good candidate for a neck lift.