A neck lift, or lower rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that improves visible signs of aging in the jawline and neck. Although a necklift is often part of complete facelift, it is primarily used to correct localized drooping or heaviness of the chin and neck. Unlike a facelift, however, the incisions are completely hidden behind the ears and under the chin. During the neck lift surgery, Dr. Calloway uses a miniature video camera, known as an endoscope, to perform the surgery safely with more limited incisions. Because of this 21st century technology, the procedure is often referred to as an Endo-neck lift or endoscopically assisted neck lift. Even in a person of normal weight, the fatty tissue in the neck can give the appearance of a double chin. Consequently, the procedure is designed to remove any excess fatty tissue in the neck and restore smooth youthful angles of the neck and jawline. The deep muscles in the neck, which often create visible bands, are also tightened and restored to their natural youthful contours. Similar to a facelift, excess skin and soft tissue is then removed and the incisions are closed with microscopic sutures. Internal sutures are placed to ensure long lasting natural results.
Dr. Calloway has been recognized as one of the pioneers who helped develop and refine endoscopic necklifting procedures. He has been performing these procedures for over 20 years, and he has helped train hundreds of physicians and surgeons from around the world. While a Plastic Surgeon at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Calloway helped introduce minimally invasive technologies to the international community and has been a featured speaker and educator at many international Medical Conferences. As every patient presents with specific and unique aspects of facial aging, Dr. Calloway recognizes that every procedure needs to be tailored and customized to the individual. Consequently, endoscopic necklifting represents many surgical techniques that are blended and adapted to each specific patient to achieve the desired natural rejuvenation neck and jawline.
Advantages of the minimally invasive endoscopic neck lift compared to traditional neck lift surgery:
- – Endoscopic neck lift uses limited incisions and avoids the more extensive scar associated with traditional open neck lift surgery.
- – Minimally invasive techniques allow for more rapid recovery and less potential complications
- – Minimally invasive techniques allow more rapid return to normal activities.
- – Less discomfort is associated with minimally invasive techniques.
- – The minimally invasive neck lift procedure does not require general anesthesia.
- – Compared to traditional neck lift surgery, minimally invasive surgery avoids common side effects of neck lift surgery such as facial scarring, numbness and hair loss (alopecia).
The cost of the surgery will vary depending on any additional procedures utilized. The surgery is performed under local anesthesia with mild sedation or under general anesthesia in our Accredited Outpatient Surgical Facility. The usual recovery is approximately one week before the microscopic sutures are removed. Exercise regimens are usually resumed in 2-3 weeks. Also included as part of the procedure, Dr. Calloway performs non invasive laser treatments on the limited incisions to help them fade more rapidly. Thorough individualized instructions are reviewed with the patient and caregiver prior to surgery, and frequent postoperative visits with Dr. Calloway and his staff ensure a smooth and straightforward recovery.