For many people the visible signs of ageing can be difficult to come to terms with, especially for those who feel young at heart. There are many cosmetic surgery procedures and Non Surgical treatments available to reduce or reverse these signs, and a neck lift (platysmaplasty) is one of the most popular. A neck lift, also called a platysmaplasty, is a surgical procedure by which any loose skin along the jaw line and on the neck itself is removed. The effect is a smoother, wrinkle-free neck and jaw line and a rejuvenated appearance. This procedure can also be used to remove excess skin following substantial weight loss or reduction of skin elasticity due to genetics, sun damage or treatment for illness.
This procedure alone can be effective in making a person look younger, but is often combined with face lift surgery in order to create a younger overall appearance. Your experienced surgeon will recommend the best procedure or combination of procedures for you depending on the results you wish to achieve.
BENEFITS OF HAVING NECK LIFT SURGERY
- Increased self-confidence and self esteem
- Looking younger
- Feeling rejuvenated and fresher
- Ability to wear clothes with lower necklines – no longer the need to hide behind a scarf / high-necked top
- Easier application of make-up
THE PROCEDURE FOR NECK LIFT SURGERY
Neck lift (platysmaplasty) surgery is always carried out under general anaesthetic and takes approximately two to three hours to complete. The surgeon will make small incisions in the hairline and behind the ears before stretching the loose skin along the jaw line and on the neck. He or she will then trim the excess skin and secure it in its new position using surgical sutures. If the procedure is being combined with a face lift, the surgeon will also make incisions at the hairline around the face and ensure any loose skin on the face is also tightened – creating a smoother, wrinkle-free and younger-looking appearance.
CHOOSING TO HAVE NECK LIFT SURGERY
There are many reasons why people choose to have neck lift surgery:
- Loose skin and wrinkling to neck area
- Substantial weight loss in later life can give the effect of ageing – older skin has less elasticity than younger skin and without the fat, will become saggy and wrinkly
- To look more youthful and attractive
WHO SHOULD HAVE A NECK LIFT
The final decision will be made between you and your Plastic Surgeon. The procedure is most suitable for those patients with excess skin on their neck through either ageing, weight loss or from inherited genes