Am I A Good Candidate For A Direct Necklift?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in having a direct neck lift and was wondering if i would be a good candidate for the procedure. Also, I was born with a cleft lip. I would like to fill in the hairs on my upper lip to cover the scars. Could you use the redundant neck skin as a source for the donor hairs, since they are facial like the lip or would you use scalp hairs? Thanks.

A: Whether one is a good candidate for a direct necklift is based on the degree of loose neck skin, age and one’s tolerance for a very fine vertical neck scar. The direct necklift tends to be a procedure most commonly done and accepted in men older than age 65…although that does preclude any man younger than that age if they meet all the other qualifications. You are absolutely correct in  making the assumption that the neck skin could be the source of donor hairs for transplanting into the cleft lip scar.

Dr. Barry Eppley