For patients suffering from common complaints such as excess skin, excess fat, bands, or other issues with the appearance of the neck, platysmaplasty (also known as a “neck lift”) might be the solution they seek. Similar to its far more common cousin, the face lift, the neck lift is actually a combination of several different cosmetic procedures to produce one or more improvements to the appearance of the neck.
Neck Lift Procedure
There are several procedures that might occur in a single neck lift. Most commonly, an incision will be made under the chin and/or behind the ears to gain access to the platysma, a neck muscle often responsible for problems such as so-called turkey wattle and banding. If the patient suffers from excess neck skin, it will be trimmed, lifted into a better position, and secured. Liposuction may also be a part of the overall procedure—if so, it will probably be the first step in the process.
The duration of a neck lift can range from under an hour to as many as five, depending on how many steps a patient’s specific procedure includes. Recovery can vary even more, as the procedures and relative health both play a role. Neck lifts are frequently paired with face lifts depending on the amount of skin that needs to be removed.
Risks and Recovery
It must be said that like all surgical procedures, a neck lift comes with some risks. In order to minimize risks, candidates must not take certain blood thinning medications before or immediately after the surgery. Blood pressure control is also very important. A smoker will need to quit 4 weeks before surgery and 2 weeks after surgery to minimize the chance of complications.
Fortunately, with a skilled doctor and attention to the potential risks, the procedure and recovery are safe and the results highly satisfactory, resulting in a renewal that non-surgical methods can’t compete with.
For more information on Neck Lift or to find out if it’s the right procedure for you, call Nazarian Plastic Surgery at (310) 659-0500 or Request a Consultation ». Our Beverly Hills location is conveniently located near major roads and freeways, so it’s easy to find our office.
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