Mini Neck Lift in Cincinnati

Get rid of the dreaded double chin with Dr. Alexander S. Donath’s Neck Lift in Cincinnati, OH. Say hello to a refined and elegant neck contour, boosting your self-assurance and restoring a graceful profile.

Neck Lift Benefits: Graceful Neckline

A neck lift targets the visible signs of aging in the neck and jawline area, delivering a more elegant and defined neckline. Here are more benefits:

Do I Need A Neck Lift?

Age is not always the only factor that causes cosmetic changes in the neck. Overexposure to the sun, sudden weight loss, and bad habits certainly have detrimental effects on the skin’s structure. Plastic surgery, such as a mini neck lift in Cincinnati, OH, with Dr. Alexander Donath, is sometimes the only way to effectively address aging in the neck.

While a traditional neck lift surgery is sometimes the most appropriate treatment for certain patients, others can benefit from its quicker, more convenient version: the mini neck lift. The mini neck lift is a less invasive procedure designed to improve the appearance of the neck.

Incisions for the mini neck lift are less extensive than those for a traditional neck lift. You can recover faster, have less bruising, and experience minimal swelling. The result is a more radiant, youthful look with a flattering neck and jawline.

What is a Mini Neck Lift?

It is a surgical lift procedure that is performed to reduce subtle visible aging of the neck. It is suitable for individuals looking to improve the neck angle/contour and subtle banding of the neck without the downtime of a traditional neck lift.

The surgery is often ideal for younger patients with minimal skin looseness. Many feel that they do not need a full neck lift because they are satisfied with their upper face. The mini neck lift is ideal for these patients as they can treat a double chin without resorting to more involved surgery.

Ideal patients will need to have realistic expectations for the outcome. A mini neck lift’s results vary quite a bit from the complete neck lift procedure. When you are ready for the surgery, it’s time to consult with Dr. Donath for the next steps.

Mini Neck Lift Before & Afters

*Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.

Benefits of Mini Neck Lift Surgery

The skin and other soft tissues around the neck and chin can show quicker and more distinct aging signs before the other facial areas. A mini neck lift can be helpful as it is a simple process that comes with few side effects and a range of benefits:

It Can Help Tighten Your Chin Muscles

A successful mini neck lift can improve the appearance of a full chin and upper neck by lifting the minimally loose skin and muscles back to their original lean structure. You can enjoy a beautifully sculpted and sharp neck and jawline after this surgical lift procedure.

It Can Turn Back The Aging Clock

If your neck ages faster than normal for hereditary reasons, then this surgery is for you. Pollution, stress, and many other factors also affect your skin under the neck. Diet and exercise alone will not help with aging skin and muscles in the chin area. A mini neck lift can help you achieve your youthful jawline without changing your lifestyle.

Quick Recovery Time and Fewer Scars

A mini neck lift recovery takes about 5-7 days. There is a small incision below the chin which is easily cared for. If combined with a lateral neck lift, there will be sutures behind the ears and in the hairline as well. Try to rest during this brief recovery time so you can get back to your life in no time.

Why choose Dr. Donath — Double Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

  • Internationally renowned facial plastic surgeon–has lectured around the world and is published in leading medical journals.
  • Patients travel from across the US and internationally for Dr. Donath’s expertise.
  • Graduated summa cum laude (highest honors) from Ohio University where he was a scholarship recipient and was inducted into the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa national honor society.
  • He then completed medical school at the University of Cincinnati, widely recognized as one of the top medical centers in the country, where he was President of the school’s American Medical Student Association.
  • Completing a rigorous five-year residency training program in all aspects of Head and Neck Surgery at Louis University.
  • He additionally spent time studying at Harvard Medical School.
  • He has been nominated as a Top Doctor in Cincinnati Magazine and by Castle Connolly for many consecutive years — more than a decade.
  • Is a national trainer of other physicians for both Galderma (Dysport®, Restylane®) and Allergan (Botox®, Juvederm®), and is a frequent guest on multiple media outlets to present the public with the most recent facial aesthetic techniques.
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I had excellent care from my first encounter with Dr. Donath. Everything was explained well, and I felt completely safe and comfortable. I was Dr. Donath’s only patient that day as he scheduled protracted time to give me the perfect face/neck lift. I had little to no pain, quick healing, and am so glad that I came to this facility, and chose Dr. Donath.

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How is a Mini Neck Lift Performed?

For mini neck lift surgery, incisions are smaller than for a traditional neck lift and are located under the chin. If combined with a lateral neck lift, they will be behind the ears as well. Dr. Donath might use local anesthesia and sedation for the surgery, as general anesthesia is not necessary for most patients.

Dr. Donath will inject the anesthetic into the areas of the neck and under the chin. After this, they will make small incisions to gain access to the muscle to tighten.

Working through the incision, the neck muscles are tightened, and excess fat may be removed. If the lateral neck lift is included excess skin will be removed. Finally, the surgeon will stitch the area carefully. It takes about an hour to complete this surgical procedure (about 2 hours with the lateral neck lift).

Consult with Dr. Donath

If you’re interested in mini neck lift surgery in the Cincinnati, OH area, consult with Dr. Donath to see if this is the correct procedure to bring back your radiant and youthful sleek chin line. Contact us today at 513-891- 5438 to schedule your consultation.

Post Operative Care after Mini Neck Lift

The overall recovery time, including swelling and bruising, is less intense than after a traditional neck lift. You can return to work after one week, though it is best to limit vigorous activities for a while. Your surgeon will give you more specific guidance.

During the recovery period, try to keep your head elevated. You can use two extra pillows under your back and shoulders while resting. Doing so can help you extend your head and chin upwards. Sit on a reclining chair during the day, but we encourage walking around the house the day after your procedure to help keep your blood flowing.

During the recovery week, make sure not to lower your chin towards your chest. It can cause bruising and swelling. Surgeons also suggest avoiding lifting more than 10 pounds or bending your back for at least 72 hours post-surgery. Take prescribed medication only if any pain persists.

Limit chewing, frequent facial movements, and turning your head for a week post-surgery. Try to maintain a soft diet until you are certain you can tolerate this and then slowly advance to regular foods. Make sure to stay away from smoking and alcohol intake as they can delay the healing process. Moreover, they can also cause additional swelling.

Following proper post operative care can help you recover from your mini-neck lift surgery in no time.

Mini Neck Lift FAQs

A mini neck lift is known to be the less invasive version of the traditional neck lift. This procedure can reduce vertical banding, blunting of the neck, and minimal skin excess in the neck with less bruising and swelling. The mini neck lift provides a more youthful look to the jawline and neck.

A facelift aims to tighten the skin in the lower face and neck area, while a mini neck lift focuses on treating fullness beneath the chin and in the neck, with minimal sagging skin.

Most of the swelling takes around 4-5 days to heal for most people. During this time, your neck and shoulders might feel frail. However, give it a week and a half to completely recover.

Mini neck lift surgery costs less than regular neck surgery. Dr. Donath can help you evaluate the expenses by looking through your requirements and discussing the procedure.

The effects of the surgery are typically visible for approximately 5-10 years.

The stitches are mainly located under the chin (unless combined with a lateral neck lift, when the area also behind the ears) They are smaller than those made for a traditional neck lift.

If you want to improve the sharpness of the neck angle, vertical banding in the neck, and minimal skin excess with minimal downtime, then a mini neck lift may be right for you. Make sure that you are physically healthy and have realistic expectations before scheduling the surgery. It is important to understand that the procedure cannot provide the same dramatic results as a full face and neck lift. It is often ideal for younger patients with less extensive sagging and banding who do not require a traditional full face and neck lift. Dr. Donath is happy to meet with you for a consultation to help you decide if the mini neck lift can best address your needs.

During your consultation in Cincinnati, Dr. Donath will meet you to examine your neck, discuss your goals, and take a thorough medical history. He will weigh other factors like your skin type, individual healing, and skin elasticity to help determine if the mini neck lift is right for you. He will explain the technique, the anesthesia, the surgical facility, the risks, and the costs associated with the procedure. He will also address any questions or concerns that you may have. He might recommend additional procedures like facial liposuction, skin resurfacing, and a lateral neck lift to help you achieve your desired look.

We use local anesthesia with sedation for this procedure.

Though the incisions made for the mini neck lift do result in scars, they are generally small and well-concealed under the chin (and behind the ears if combined with the lateral neck lift). The resulting scars are typically smaller than those occurring after a traditional face and neck lift.

Whether you live in midwestern states of Ohio, Kentucky, or Indiana, or anywhere else in the U.S. or the world, Donath Facial Plastic Surgery offers neck lift among its services. For a full list of services, please visit our Procedures page.