About Neck Lift
A neck lift, also known as platysmaplasty or cervicoplasty.
A neck lift tightens the skin and underlying muscle in the neck improving the contours of the jaw-line and enhancing the overall appearance of the neck and lower face. A neck lift is suitable for those who wish to address problems of excess skin or fixing a “turkey wattle”.
Neck lifts are often performed at the same time as other anti-aging treatments like a face or cheek lift, liposuction, botox injections, but can also be done as a stand-alone treatment. The cost of a neck lift can vary greatly, depending on the geographic location and the skill of the surgeon performing your procedure.
How is it performed?
There are many ways to perform a neck lift depending on the amount of contouring required., Liposuction, or laser-lipo equipment is often used for minor contouring procedures.
When a full neck lift procedure is required,incisions are made behind the ears or under the chin. Your surgeon will tighten the platysma muscle which spreads from under your chin to the top of your chest. Drawing these together, they will suture it together in a way similar to the way shoelaces are tied. Once excess skin and fat have been trimmed away from the area, the skin is repositioned and secured.
What are my options?
If your skin quality is good and only fat is being removed then quite often a neck lift can be performed using liposuction alone. If there are more significant signs of aging, then your surgeon will likely opt for a more complex procedure.
What will my neck lift incisions and scars look like?
There are several ways your surgeon can cut, depending on the type of neck lift procedure being performed. If your surgeon plans to tighten the platysmic muscle to create a smoother contour, then they will make a small incision under your chin and another behind each ear. Younger patients who request a neck lift may find this can be accomplished with only a submental incision or the incision behind each ear.
What result can I expect?
The results of your neck lift surgery will be long-lasting and under normal circumstances nearly permanent.
- Can significantly improve your neck and jaw line
- Neck lift procedures have long-lasting results
- Can provide you with a more youthful profile.
- Your neck may feel tight for months after surgery
- Possible fluid accumulation or bleeding after surgery
- May make your other facial aging more noticeable if only the neck has been treated
Your neck will probably feel numb and tight immediately after surgery, as it will be swollen and bruised. You should find this swelling subsides over the next few days. The feeling of tightness and numbness may remain for up to several months after surgery.
It is essential you follow all patient care instructions given to you by your physician. This will usually include information about which compression garments to wear, how to take care of your drains, how to take any antibiotics or painkillers, if prescribed, and the level of activity that is safe for you to undertake. Your surgeon will also provide detailed instructions about the normal symptoms and how to spot any signs of complications. It is important to realize everyone’s body is different and so the amount of time it takes to recover varies between individuals.
Limits & Risks
Fortunately, significant complications from neck lift are infrequent. Your specific risks of neck lift will be discussed during your consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk.
Some potential complications of all surgeries are:
- Adverse reaction to anaesthesia
- Hematoma or seroma (an accumulation of blood or fluid under the skin that may require removal)
- Infection and bleeding
- Changes in sensation
- Allergic reactions
- Damage to underlying structures
- Unsatisfactory results that may necessitate additional procedures.
- Blood clots in your legs or lungs
Other risks specific to neck lift are outlined below: Numbness and tightness in the neck area; this will usually resolve within a few months’ time. You can minimize the risk to you by carefully following the instructions and advice of your plastic surgeon before and after your cosmetic surgery procedure.