People considering a surgical neck lift at the Orange County practice of Dr. Timothy R. Miller have varied concerns about this delicate area of the body. Dr. Miller understands that there is no single technique that effectively meets the aesthetic needs of every patient, which is why he takes such an individualized approach to each surgery. At Refreshed Aesthetic Surgery, Dr. Miller aims to do just that — Refresh and revitalize your neck for a cohesive transformation that you can enjoy for years.
Dr. Miller is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon. After medical school, his training and experience have been devoted exclusively to surgical and non-surgical procedures of the face and neck. At his Orange County office, he specializes in aesthetic procedures including facelift, eyelid surgery, and neck lift for people in Aliso Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, San Clemente, and other surrounding communities. To schedule your personal evaluation with Dr. Miller, call us at (949) 215-5402 or request your consultation online.
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Dr. Miller's Approach to Neck Lift
To get the best results from your neck lift procedure, it's important to understand that everyone ages in different ways. In short, your neck has 3 layers — muscle, fat, and skin. By the time most people are 50, at least 2 of these layers are affected by the aging process, whether it's in the form of skin laxity, fat displacement, or exposed muscle "cords" or "bands." A surgical neck lift is the only aesthetic treatment that corrects all 3 of these layers for a thorough, long-lasting improvement.
I perform a detailed physical examination during the consultation to fully assess your specific areas of concern. There is no "official" technique that suits each patient. Instead, each neck lift surgery is a delicate, customized combination of muscle tightening, fat modification, and skin tightening for a refreshed, age-appropriate result.
I often perform neck lift surgery in conjunction with facelift, but the surgery can also yield great results on its own. I use a sophisticated technique to tighten the underlying muscles of the neck, similar to what I do for a deep-plane facelift. Occasionally, I may remove or reposition fat deposits for a smoother profile. I then gently redrape the skin over the improved contours of the neck, removing extra skin when necessary, through meticulously designed and hidden incisions that won't alter your hairstyle or distort your ears.
Common Questions or Concerns
What kind of anesthesia will I have?
On its own, a neck lift may be performed while the patient is under local anesthesia with twilight sedation. But it's not always the right choice for everyone. Patients with certain types of chronic pain or other existing conditions, as well as those who are undergoing multiple procedures at the same time, are often better matches for general anesthesia. Dr. Miller discusses your options with you during your consultation and pre-op appointments.
What can I expect during recovery?
Recuperation following a neck lift is fairly straightforward, and Dr. Miller provides all patients with extensive post-surgical instructions prior to surgery. Although some discomfort is typical, it can be managed with prescription medication. Dr. Miller also advises patients to keep their heads elevated at all times to reduce excessive swelling and consume a low-sodium diet. He removes sutures after about a week at his Aliso Viejo office, and most neck lift patients feel confident enough to return to work and many of their other regular activities after 2 weeks.
Can I undergo other procedures at the same time?
Yes. As mentioned above, neck lift surgery is often performed in conjunction with a facelift. Other surgeries, such as blepharoplasty and brow lift surgery can also be beautiful complements to a neck lift. During the consultation, Dr. Miller closely examines each patient's areas of concern with the goal of creating a harmonious, Refreshed result that shows off his or her unique features.
Are there non-surgical alternatives to neck lift?
Many non-surgical options for improving the neck exist, but none of them are true equivalents to neck lift surgery. Dr. Miller often recommends treatments such as Ultherapy® to patients with a mild amount of skin sagging. These treatments can help stave off the aging process for younger patients, but older people with more significant signs of aging can expect only a modest improvement. Dr. Miller usually recommends neck lift surgery to patients in their late 40s, 50s, and up.
Step-by-Step Procedure Facts
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- Dr. Miller performs neck lift surgery in his AAAASF-accredited operating facility.
- Twilight sedation with local anesthesia is Dr. Miller's preferred option for neck lift, but general anesthesia is also available.
- Most patients are able to return home the day of surgery.
- Dr. Miller prescribes pain medication to improve patient comfort for the first few days following surgery.
- It typically takes around 2 weeks before most patients feel confident enough to return to their daily activities.
How to Find Us
Refreshed Aesthetic Surgery is conveniently located for those visiting us from throughout Orange County, and Timothy R. Miller, M.D. enjoys serving his diverse group of patients. To make your visit even easier, select your location below to find easy-to-follow driving directions to our office in Aliso Viejo.
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