Weight loss is a difficult journey to undertake and when you’ve reached the finish line, you want to enjoy all the benefits of your new healthy self.
Thankfully, there are several different plastic surgery procedures available to complete the transformation.
One area of the body that is commonly overlooked in post-weight loss surgery is the neck. But a neck lift can have as great an impact if not more than a tummy tuck.
How Weight Gain Changes Your Neck
In order to maintain your weight, the amount of calories you eat or drink has to be matched by the amount of calories your body uses through activity or exercise. If you take in more calories than you use, whatever is left over is changed into fat cells and held in reserve for when you body needs the extra energy. The fat cells are stored all over your body and cause your skin to stretch as it builds up. Over time, the extra fat reacts to the pull of gravity and starts to move down on your body, leading to a double-chin on your neck.
How Weight Loss Changes Your Neck
To lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you take in. After using the energy provided by your food and drink, your body starts to burn through the extra fat cells. As you continue to use up the energy provided by the fat cells, your body will start to slim down. Not all the fat cells go away easily, however; some aren’t as affected by diet and exercise or are harder for your body to access.
Another issue with weight loss is that your skin has more difficulty shrinking than it does expanding. If the buildup of fat cells stretches your skin too far, it won’t be able to shrink back to what it was before your weight gain. So, even if you are able to lose a lot of weight, you could still retain a double-chin on your neck.
Erase the Double Chin With a Neck Lift
Any lift on the body involves removing excess pockets of fat, trimming away the extra skin tissue, and tightening the remaining tissue to smooth out the body. On your neck, a lift does exactly that in an effort to provide some definition to your jaw. The surgeon makes incisions along the lower hairline, around your ears, and the back of your neck. Through these incisions, the surgeon can move or remove fat deposits and tighten the muscles. After doing the necessary internal work, the surgeon lifts the skin back to the incisions, trims any excess skin tissue, and then sutures the remaining skin in place.
Neck lifts are performed as an outpatient procedure and usually take 2-3 hours, depending on the patient and the extent of the work that needs to be done. Since the incisions are hidden behind the ears and near the hairline, there won’t be any visible scars. Recovery from a neck lift takes a few weeks, but regular activity can usually be resumed after about two weeks.
Neck Lifts From Dr. Bustillo
When doing a neck lift, it’s important that the surgeon be cautious about the amount of tissue removal. If too much skin is removed, or the skin is pulled too tight, the patient will be uncomfortable and could even experience limited movement in their neck. Dr. Andres Bustillo has been performing neck lifts for over 10 years and considers himself a conservative surgeon in this procedure. He takes away exactly the amount of tissue that is needed to produce a natural and comfortable result, but still gives the patient a better-than-satisfactory result.
Have you recently undergone major weight loss? Congratulations! If you would like to round off your transformation with a neck lift from Dr. Bustillo, call his office in Miami at (305) 663-3380 to schedule an appointment.