The suture suspension neck lift is a minimally invasive neck lift procedure that uses a suture
“sling” under the jawline to achieve a firmer, tighter contour and a more youthful neck appearance with a shorter recovery time and minimal scarring. Incisions are very small, placed under the chin and behind the ears. The sutures are threaded through the incisions at the chin toward the incisions behind the ears, where they are secured, creating the lifting sling effect.
While not as well known as a traditional neck lift, this treatment, often called a mini neck lift, is quite popular with patients who want to achieve a more defined jawline and dramatic neck rejuvenation. We’ve addressed some common questions about the suture suspension neck lift procedure.
Who is a suture suspension neck lift for?
This procedure is for men or women in good health who are experiencing mild to moderate neck sagging, but are not ready for or wanting a major surgical procedure, such as a facelift or neck lift. (The suture suspension neck lift is far less invasive and includes a recovery time of less than one week.) Vertical bands, a double chin, and sagging tissues that are not particularly severe can all be addressed successfully and improved significantly with the suture suspension neck lift procedure.
What type of anesthesia is used?
Because the procedure is minimally invasive, local anesthesia is all that’s required to keep you comfortable during the 1-2 hours needed to complete the procedure. You don’t have to go under general anesthesia as you would with a neck lift or facelift.
Where is the suture placed?
Once the small incisions under the chin are made, extra fat under the jaw, chin, and neck is removed using a tiny cannula and suction. Small incisions are made behind each ear, and the suture is run through from the chin to behind the ears, where it is secured. This creates a permanent, artificial “ligament” under the jawline, tightening the muscle and lifting the tissues of the neck.
The results are a tighter, firmer neck contour, dramatically reduced lines, a defined, stronger jawline, and a more youthful appearance.
What is the recovery period like compared to a traditional neck lift?
Your recovery period after a suture suspension neck lift is less traumatic than a traditional neck lift, allowing patients to return to sedentary work and light activities after about 3-5 days. Scarring is minimal.
In comparison, a traditional neck lift requires 1-2 weeks before patients can return to work or light activities. Scarring is more visible, as the incisions for this procedure are larger.
How long will the results last compared to a traditional neck lift?
A suture suspension neck lift can last for up to ten years, depending on lifestyle factors, including lifestyle, skincare regimen, natural aging rate, and others.
A traditional neck lift typically lasts between 10-15 years or longer, depending on your age when you receive the procedure, lifestyle, and other factors.
What are some of the benefits of a suture suspension neck lift?
This procedure provides many benefits for men or women looking for a less invasive solution to an aging neck, including the following:
- Shorter recovery
- Fewer risks or side effects
- Very long-lasting
- Lifts and contours the neck and defines the jawline
- Minimal scarring
- Tighter skin
- Firmer muscles
- Eliminated double chin and neck banding
- A boost in self-confidence
Why choose Dr. Mesa for my suture suspension neck lift?
Dr. John Mesa specializes in face and neck surgery for both men and women. He is a trusted doctor whose expert, custom, surgical techniques, and stunning results have made his reputation as a top plastic surgeon. He is also known for his standard of compassion and patient care. It is his honor to help patients feel their best, regain their youthful appearance, and achieve fresh confidence. Contact us today for any other questions you may have, and to book your Neck Lift consultation.