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Neck Lift (Platysmaplasty)
What is a Neck Lift?
A neck lift is a set of procedures used to enhance the appearance of your neck. Cervicoplasty is the procedure used to remove excess skin. Platysmaplasty removes or alters neck muscle. Your surgeon also can perform neck liposuction, which removes excess fat. In some cases, Botox injections may be the answer to your problems if you have fullness or "bands."
How is a neck lift done?
Typically, the procedure will last two to three hours. Of course, if you are having a neck lift in conjunction with liposuction, face-lift, forehead lift, or other surgeries, the time will vary accordingly. Your exact procedure will depend on your desired results and your own personal circumstances. In order to undergo a neck lift, you must be in good general health, both physically and mentally.
Your surgeon will make incisions under your chin and behind your ears, allowing he or she to access the platysma (neck muscle) and manipulate it accordingly. Sometimes, that may even mean removing some muscle. Your surgeon may also use permanent sutures to hold the tissue in place.
There are new, less invasive neck procedures, where your surgeon may be able to make smaller incisions and use an endoscope (small camera attached to a thin tube) to complete your surgery. Make sure you ask your surgeon for all your options during your consultation.
Your surgeon will fit you with a compression bandage that you will have to wear for at least one week, unless instructed otherwise. It’s important to follow his or her instructions to ensure proper recovery.
What will happen at the initial consultation?
During the initial consultation, you and your surgeon will discuss the changes you want to make in your appearance. He/she will explain the different options available to you, the procedure itself, and its risks and limitations. He/she will also explain the kind of anaesthesia required, the surgical facility, and costs.
Your surgeon will begin with a complete medical history. He/she may also give you specific instructions preparing for surgery, including guidelines for eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding vitamins, supplements and medications. Routine laboratory tests may be required before surgery.
The Costs: Neck lift (Platysmaplasty) upon on request
Duration: Operation will take around two to three hours.
Hospital stay: Two nights hospitalization
Your neck, jaw, and ears may be bruised and may continue to swell for up to ten days. The doctor may suggest using two pillows when you sleep. The physician will also recommend keeping your head and neck still and elevated at all times for up to ten days.
Oral pain medication and an antibiotic can be administered to reduce pain and reduce the risk of infection. Severe pain or abnormal symptoms should be reported to the doctor immediately. The doctor will set dietary guidelines and instruct you to limit physical activity. Exercise may be restricted for a short period of time.
The bandage around your neck and head typically can be removed the day after surgery. However, an elastic-type garment must be worn throughout the evening for at least two weeks. Stitches may be dissolvable, or will require removal up to seven days after the procedure. Final results will be evident in about three to six months.
The aging process, rapid weight loss, and excessive sun exposure can all cause the skin on a person’s neck to lose its natural vitality. A neck lift is a minor surgical procedure that improves the appearance of a patient’s neck by removing excess skin and tightening the muscles underneath. Doctors also sometimes use liposuction or BOTOX® injections in conjunction with the plastic surgery procedure to achieve ideal results. The procedure usually lasts around three hours, depending on the exact methods the doctor recommends, and though a neck lift is not to be taken lightly, many patients are able to return to work within a week to two weeks of the procedure.
A younger patient with good skin tone who has some fatty tissue under the chin and on the neck might be better served with liposuction. A patient who has lost a lot of weight and has sagging skin or 'bands' in his neck will have a very good result from this procedure. Older patients who don't want a radical change in their facial appearance but are bothered by the appearance of the neck are also excellent candidates.