Neck lift surgery, either alone or in combination with other cosmetic procedures, can produce very gratifying results for people with vertical bands in the neck, necks that are too heavy or loose, or sagging “turkey wattles” under the chin.
A neck lift removes excess skin, fatty tissue and banding, and restores a smooth, refined appearance to the neck. It can also improve the appearance of the neck by creating more definition of the angle of the jaw.
A neck lift is actually a pair of procedures used to enhance the appearance of your neck:
- Cervicoplasty to remove excess skin
- Platysmaplasty to remove or alter neck muscles
A neck lift can improve upon the appearance of the neck by creating more definition of the angle of the jaw.
Reasons for Considering a Neck Lift
- To tighten sagging skin on the neck
- To correct vertical bands and wattles
- To remove fat deposits on the neck and/or jaw
The first procedure performed is the cervicoplasty to remove skin and fat. The platysmaplasty, to reposition the neck muscles, is then completed.
During cervicoplasty, an incision is made under or behind the ear; the incision for platysmaplasty is made under the chin. Sections of skin are trimmed, lifted into place and sutured, then the muscle is tightened and skin repositioned. Liposuction is sometimes performed on the neck to remove fat deposits.
- Anesthesia: General (performed in a hospital setting) or sedation (performed in our surgery center)
- Length of surgery: 2 to 3 hours
- Length of stay: Outpatient (home the same day)
- Back to work: 1 to 2 weeks
- Exercise: May be resumed in 2 to 3 weeks
- Discomfort: Mild to moderate (anticipate 3 to 5 days of prescription pain medication)
- Swelling: Mild to moderate (should be gone in 2 to 3 weeks)
- Bruising: Possible, but will decrease within 2 weeks
- Bandages: Removed in 1 to 3 days and replaced with a fitted garment worn to be worn for a week following surgery
- Final result: Results will be visible about a week following surgery.