A Direct Excision Neck Lift improves the contour and look of the neck by tightening the neck muscles and removing the excess fat and skin. It is particularly effective in getting rid of the excess skin that can be present under the chin (commonly known as double chin or turkey neck) that many people are concerned about.
What is the difference between a Direct Excision Neck Lift and a Standard Neck Lift?
A standard neck lift is quite an elaborate surgery. It has incisions around the ears which are camouflaged away. It requires tunneling under the skin and pulling the excess skin behind the ear and removing it. In contrast, the direct excision neck lift removes skin by cutting it out directly from the middle section of the neck. It is also a more straight forward procedure than a standard neck lift and has less potential complications. It is also more effective as it removes the excess skin directly rather than trying to pull it behind the ear. The recovery period is shorter in a direct excision neck lift, as is the theatre time and length of stay in hospital. It does however, leave a visible scar in the centre of the neck. This scar fades over time and, surprisingly, is fairly unnoticeable. Also, a scar in that position is not commonly associated with cosmetic surgery, so it is not picked up on like other more known cosmetic surgery procedure scars.
Who is a good Candidate for a Direct Excision Neck Lift?
The direct excision neck lift works best on older patients with more wrinkles as it is easier to hide the midline scar. It is not ideal for younger patients with smooth skin. It can be performed on both men and women.
What are the benefits of a Direct Neck Lift?
- Better definition of the neck
- Reduction or elimination of the double chin
- Reduction of neck fullness
- Reduction of the large fold of excess skin that commonly occurs in the middle of the neck
- Faster recovery than a standard neck lift
- Costs less than a standard neck lift
How much does a Direct Excision Neck Lift Cost?
Any type of neck lift is a cosmetic procedure and, as such, is not covered by Medicare or Health Funds. There are a number of factors that determine the final cost of this procedure. Surgeon, anaesthetist and hospital fees are all taken into account. However, it is less costly than a standard neck lift as it takes less time to perform the surgery and it is a day only procedure – most patients do not need to remain in hospital in Sydney overnight.