For many people, the neck is the first area to show age. For people who have lost weight, an unfortunate side effect may be leftover, loose-hanging skin that has lost its elasticity. Whether it is band lines, excess skin, or fat, a neck lift can bring your neck back into shape.
WHAT IS A NECK LIFT?
Neck Lift can be performed in a variety of ways, depending on the needs of the individual. Three possible neck-lift procedures include:
Typically, a Neck Lift will include liposuction to remove fat. Cervicoplasty may be included to remove excess skin, and platysmaplasty to tighten neck muscles (platysma): a process that gets rid of unwanted band lines. A neck-lift may also be part of a Face Lift or performed as an individual procedure.
THE NECK-LIFT PROCEDURE:
The procedure may be performed under local anesthesia or general anesthesia, but usually does not involve an overnight stay. If liposuction is needed is performed first.
The platysmaplasty procedure is performed to reduce the banded appearance of the neck. During the procedure, incisions will be made under the chin or behind the ears, or both. Dr. Skarparis will then insert a tiny instrument to either remove a portion of specific neck muscles or realign them, which will tighten the middle area of the neck. An elastic bandage will be wrapped around the neck and head.
COMPLICATIONS AND RISKS OF NECK LIFT:
Numbness of the skin occurs often for a few weeks after neck-lift surgery. Infections rarely occur.