Neck lift surgery reduces the visible signs of ageing
A neck lift is a procedure that effectively improves some of the visible signs of ageing in the neck, as well as in the jawline. The surgery is a good option for those who would like to have excess fat in the lower face or chin removed, as well as loose skin in the neck.
A neck lift is a surgical procedure that is performed to improve the appearance of the neck by reducing loose sagging skin. The procedure also helps to create an improved and defined angle between the underside of the chin and the top of the neck.
Neck lift surgery is also known as platysma plication. The platysma bands are vertical folds that develop on the front part of the neck as a result of the separation and thickening of the platysma neck muscle. We have one of these muscles on each side of the neck, which spans from the collar bone to the top of the face. As a result of ageing, both of the platysma muscles tend to pull apart from the centre of the neck and lose tone and elasticity.
The procedure usually takes two to three hours to complete, although this may depend on whether or not any other surgeries, such as liposuction, face lift surgery, or brow lift are performed along with the neck lift. We recommend that candidates for neck lift surgery should be in good general health and should not smoke. Ideal candidates include individuals who have noticed the development of a double chin or heavy jowls, as well as excess wrinkling in the skin of the neck as a result of ageing.
What should I expect at the consultation?
If you are considering a neck lift procedure, we recommend that you come in for a personal consultation. At this stage, you will have the opportunity to discuss your goals and expectations with your surgeon.
Other issues you should be prepared to discuss during your consultation are:
- All medical conditions, both past and present
- Current medications, including nutritional supplements and herbal remedies
- Past surgeries
- Other treatments you have received
How is a neck lift procedure performed?
During a neck lift procedure, your surgeon will make very small incisions through which excess fat is removed by means of liposculpture. Superficial neck muscle, known as platysma, is identified and tightened to create a supportive muscle ‘sling’. If there is a considerable amount of excess skin in the neck, excision may be required. In this case, an incision is made from the hairline and around the ear. Fat may be redistributed from the neck, while the neck skin and muscles are tightened. Any remaining excess skin will be removed.
How long does recovery take?
It is completely normal to experience some swelling and bruising following a neck lift procedure. Your face may be bandaged to reduce these side effects, while tubes may be placed at the site of surgery in order to drain any excess fluid from underneath your skin. Your surgeon will explain exactly how to take care of your wounds, and prescribe any relevant medications to help manage pain and discomfort and reduce the risk of infection.
What is the result of a neck lift procedure?
It is important to note that it can take some time to see the results of your surgery, as you will need to wait for any bruising and swelling to subside. Once your swelling has gone down and your incision lines have faded, you can enjoy a more youthful appearance. You will notice that the angle between your chin and neck is sharpened; your jawline may be better defined; the appearance of your skin will be tighter and excess fat will have been removed.
A neck lift procedure can be combined with a MACS lift or face lift for a more dramatic result. We encourage you to speak to your surgeon about your surgical goals so that the best course of treatment can be recommended for you.
Neck Lifts in Sydney
If you would like to find out further information on our neck lift procedure or to book in a consultation, please contact ICCM team today! We are happy to answer any questions you might have about the surgery, and the other treatments we offer.