Neck lift is a procedure designed to improve the appearance of the neck , removing loose skin and excess fat and eliminate vertical folds in the neck. It aims to define the jawline and remove the "double chin". The operation is designed to improve the definition of the jaw line in both the frontal and side views.
To eliminate vertical folds in the neck and improve the neck and chin definition as much as possible, I would almost always perform a platysmaplasty routinely usually in combination with a lower or full facelift to achieve the same effective rejuvenation in the neck as in the rest of the face. This is usually in the form of a lateral platysmaplasty and liposuction under the chin.
The scars usually fall within the hairline and around the ear. They are designed in such a way that you will be able to wear your hair in any style that you wish once they have had a chance to mature. Sometimes a small incision is also made below the chin to perform an anterior platysmaplasty (tightening) if needed. This will always be discussed with you if it is recommended.
There are a number of additional procedures that complement the results of a necklift and may be recommended. These include bony adjustment of cheeks or chin, liposculpture or fat injection around the face or lips. Bony adjustment of the chin (genioplasty) can produce a subtle yet dramatic improvement in the facial proportions. Additionally fat injection to the lips can re-produce the youthful fullness of the lips (without producing the ‘pout' that is preferred by some celebrities). Any or some of these procedures may be discussed with you in more detail at the time of consultation.