For many of us, cosmetic surgery is a chance to rejuvenate our aging features and turn back the clock on fine lines, wrinkles, creases, and many of the other visible signs of the aging process.
And one of the first places that the signs of aging manifest themselves are in the neck, especially if a change in lifestyle and dieting has caused rapid weight loss leaving behind stretched skin.
Dr. Bustillo has spent many years perfecting his techniques for treating these issues, and as a specialist in the face and neck, he has a wealth of experience from which to draw.
He notes the neck lift is usually performed on patients in their early 40s and in cases where a full facelift is not yet necessary.
What Is a Neck Lift?
A neck lift is a procedure to reduce the signs of aging in the neck. Loose skin, sagging features, and the appearance of vertical lines can all be improved by addressing three key areas:
- excess fatty deposits
- the neck muscle
- excising excess skin
The incisions used in the neck lift are small, and will be all but unnoticeable once they have healed. Three incisions are made, one under the chin, to provide suitable access to the fatty deposits and the underlying muscle, and two behind the ears.
The two incisions behind the ears are to allow Dr. Bustillo to further tighten the muscle, and remove any excess skin, thereby reducing the creases and wrinkles in the neck. By addressing the muscle, and tightening laterally as well as centrally, the maximum effect can be achieved.
However, Dr. Bustillo is careful to note that while he can achieve good to excellent results in many cases, in some, a full facelift may be advisable for those with a large amount of excess skin, as the procedure cannot improve the quality of the skin.
Do You Need a Neck Lift and a Facelift?
There are similarities in Dr. Bustillo’s neck lift and facelift techniques. For example, he is one of the few surgeons to specialize in performing the deep-plane facelift, which addresses muscles such as those in the neck to prevent further sagging on the rest of the face.
In addition, those neck-lift candidates who have undergone a recent and rapid physical transformation such as weight loss may find that a neck lift simply cannot remove enough skin to make a real difference.
In such cases, Dr. Bustillo will use his clinical judgment to decide exactly how to proceed, and how to achieve his signature natural results. After all, he emphasizes respecting his patients’ wishes while making sure those wishes actually come to fruition.
To ensure results, he has strict guidelines (such refusing patients who are active smokers) and an active role in educating prospective patients through the website. He uses a mixture of explanatory text, detailed diagrams, and before and after photos to explain the results you can expect.
Dr. Bustillo’s practice can be contacted at (305) 663-3380, or via the website, which includes many useful insights into the procedures he performs. The neck lift section in particular will help answer many of your questions, and provide a deeper insight into how this amazing surgery can help change your life.