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Deep Plane Neck Lift: The Next Level Of Facial Contouring

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Deep Plane Neck Lift: The Next Level Of Facial Contouring


    What Is A Deep Plane Neck Lift?

    A neck lift is a cosmetic procedure that eliminates excess skin and fat around the jawline, chin, and neck, reducing aging indicators in the lower face. In most cases, Dr. Kaplan combines the neck lift with a facelift for more comprehensive facial rejuvenation.

    A deep plane neck lift involves lifting and tightening the underlying structures of the neck for a more enhanced refinement of the neck’s contours, providing a tighter, more sculpted neck – something pivotal to looking young and healthy and feeling your best.

    It is usual to pair a traditional neck lift with a traditional facelift. Even more so, a deep plane neck lift in conjunction with the deep plane facelift. This powerful, safe, and effective combination of face and neck rejuvenation procedures is called the extended deep plane facelift or the deep plane face and neck lift.

    By readjusting the underlying framework of the neck and beneath the chin, the deep plane neck lift creates a smoothing effect of everything below the chin and above the collarbone. You may ask, why is this more powerful than a regular neck lift? Unlike other neck rejuvenation techniques, the deep plane neck lift addresses the entire underlying framework of the neck as a composite: the skin, muscles, fat, connective tissues, and glands.

    Another popular procedure for tightening the neck is neck liposuction. So, how does a neck lift differ from neck liposuction, and how do you know which is for you and your concerns? 

    If your main concerns are muscle banding, loose skin, and excess skin and fat in the neck, neck lift is the better choice. If you want to remove stubborn pockets of fat around the neck and jawline and see no signs of skin laxity, neck liposuction may take care of your concerns best. According to the Cleveland Clinic, the rate at which you lose skin elasticity and muscle strength can depend on your genetics.

    Combining a deep plane neck lift with neck liposuction if you have issues with stretched muscles, excess, droopy skin, and significant amounts of excess fat may be the answer to achieving the results you’ll be happy with.

    A deep plane neck lift lasts longer but requires a lengthier downtime than neck liposuction. Be sure to speak with a board-certified plastic surgeon to evaluate your concerns so they can direct you on the right path using their expertise in facial rejuvenation.

    A deep plane neck lift is done under general anesthesia and takes about an hour to complete. During this procedure, your plastic surgeon will create a small incision beneath the chin to remove fat from the superficial and deep layers of the neck and lift the underlying layers. After your deep plane neck lift, you can expect a smoother, tighter, younger-looking neck and jawline.

    How Long Does A Deep Plane Face And Neck Lift Last?

    After a deep plane face and neck lift, patients can expect to look at least a decade younger for 15 years or even longer. Based on over 600 neck lift patient reviews on RealSelf, 91% consider the long-lasting, natural-looking result worth it.

    The deep plane neck lift leaves more sustainable results than other types of neck lift procedures as it goes far beneath the superficial layers of skin and fat to readjust, refine, and restore the framework of the neck. This procedure also yields more dramatic yet natural-looking results: a slimmer, sculpted neck and jawline and a more elegant profile that you will want to show off at all times.

    The extended deep plane facelift promotes more enduring, comprehensive results than a facelift or neck lift alone, as it removes excess skin and fat and refines the deep underlying tissues from the midface down to the bottom of the neck.

    No surgery can halt the aging process. Patients will continue to age normally after deep plane neck lifts, but the results are long-lasting compared to alternative treatments for neck contouring. The best ways to maintain results are to eat nutritious foods, stay hydrated, wear sun protection, use medical-grade skin care products, and continue non-surgical skin rejuvenation treatments.

    What Is The Recovery Time For A Deep Plane Neck Lift?

    If you work a desk job, you’ll likely feel ready to be back at work after about a week. After a deep plane neck lift, most patients can return to work within two weeks and to the gym within about 4 weeks.

    It’s usual to have some initial bruising and swelling, but this will improve naturally within a few weeks. Some medications, such as bromelain or arnica, can help speed healing.

    During the first week or two after your neck lift, it’s essential to give your body the time it needs to heal by:

    • Resting
    • Taking any prescribed medications as directed by your doctor
    • Sleeping with your head elevated
    • Avoiding lifting anything heavy
    • Avoiding strenuous activities
    • Wearing any compression garments or bandages given to you by your doctor for the best healing
    • Steering clear of overexerting your neck, such as twisting or bending

    It can take up to six months to see your final deep plane neck lift results. Any scarring is hidden under your chin and should fade and be virtually invisible within six months to one year.

    To speed up your scar healing, we recommend wearing sunscreen and minimizing sun exposure, avoiding any clothing that needs to go over your head, and being gentle around your surgical incisions at all times.

    Am I A Candidate For A Deep Plane Neck Lift?

    The deep plane neck lift can benefit women and men in their 40s and beyond who want to remove loose, sagging skin in their necks. The benefits patients throughout New York and New Jersey love this procedure for include:

    • Defines the jawline and chin
    • Eliminates double chin
    • Slims down and sculpts the neck
    • Leaves minimal scarring
    • Creates opportunities to wear clothing comfortably, such as collared shirts
    • Removes excess skin and fat under the chin and along the neck
    • Smooths out deep wrinkles and folds
    • Removes heavy jowls

    If you relate to any of the following, you can be an excellent candidate for a deep plane neck lift:

    • You’re in good overall physical health
    • You are a non-smoker
    • You have no underlying medical conditions that may disrupt your safety during surgery/recovery
    • You have a thick, heavy neck
    • You no longer notice definition in your jawline
    • You have a “turkey wattle” or double-chin
    • You have sagging skin along the chin, jawline, and neck
    • You have muscle banding and deep folds in your neck

    Are you ready to refine your neckline and sculpt your profile? Request a consultation with Dr. Gordon Kaplan, a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York and New Jersey specializing in facial rejuvenation, to discover if you can safely and effectively achieve your goals with a deep plane neck lift.

    The Kaplan Center

    The Kaplan Center is a medical practice ran by board-certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Gordon Kaplan in Edgewater, NJ. With over two decades of experience, The Kaplan Center specialises in plastic and reconstructive surgery for the face and body, along with a number of non-surgical treatments.