Neck Lift in Cincinnati, OH (Mini Necklift)
With age, the loose skin around the neck can sag and develop jowls. However, 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 jawline.
What is a Mini Neck Lift?
It is a surgical lift procedure that is performed to reduce visible aging signs around the jaw and neck. It is suitable for individuals looking to tighten the skin and banding of the neck without the downtime of a traditional neck lift.
The surgery is often ideal for younger patients with less extensive sagging. 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 invasive 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.
Benefits of Mini Neck Lift Surgery
The sagging skin 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 loose chin by lifting the sagging skin and muscles back to their original lean structure. You can enjoy a beautifully sculpted and sharp jawline after this surgical lift procedure.
It Can Turn Back The Aging Clock
If your skin 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 5-6 days. The small incisions are behind the ears in the hairline and heal faster than those from a regular neck lift. Try to rest during this brief recovery time so you can get back to your life in no time.
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How is a Mini Neck Lift Performed?
For mini neck lift surgery, incisions are typically smaller than for a traditional neck lift and may be located behind the ears and/or under the chin. Your plastic surgeon might use local anesthesia and sedation for the surgery, as general anesthesia is not necessary for most patients.
The plastic surgeon will inject the anesthetic around the hairline and the ears. After this, they will make small incisions at both lobe curves behind your ears. The small incisions will extend up to your hairline.
It takes about an hour to complete this surgical procedure. Working through the incisions, the neck muscles may be tightened and excess skin removed. Finally, the surgeon will stitch the area carefully.
Post Operative Care
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 rigorous 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.
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 anything 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 that is mild on your gums. 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.
FAQs about Mini Neck Lift
A mini neck lift is known to be the less invasive version of the traditional neck lift. This procedure can reduce excess skin and vertical banding 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 area, while a mini neck lift focuses on treating sagging skin and jowls on the neck and chin area.
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.
Since the mini neck lift is not as invasive as its regular counterpart, the effects of the surgery are typically visible for approximately 2 – 5 years.
The stitches are located behind the ears and/or under the chin. They are smaller than those made for a traditional neck lift.
If you want to tone the excess skin and vertical banding in the neck 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 neck lift. It is often ideal for younger patients with less extensive sagging and banding who do not require a traditional full 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 or skin resurfacing to help you achieve your desired look.
Most surgeons use local anesthesia and sedation for this procedure.
Though the incisions made for the mini neck lift do result in scars, they are generally small and well-concealed behind the ears and/or under the chin. The resulting scars are typically smaller than those occurring after a traditional neck lift.
If you live in the states of Ohio or Kentucky, Cincinnati Facial Plastic Surgery offers neck lift among its services. For a full list of services, please visit our Locations page.
Why choose Dr. Donath
- Graduated summa cum laude 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 St. Louis University.
- He additionally spent time studying at Harvard Medical School with the Director of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Mack Cheney.
- Has been nominated as a Top Doctor in Cincinnati Magazine and by Castle Connolly for many consecutive years.
- Is a national trainer of other physicians for both Galderma and Allergan, and is a frequent guest on multiple media outlets to present the public with the most recent facial aesthetic techniques.
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.