A platysmaplasty, more commonly referred to as a neck lift, is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin from the neck area in order to create a tighter and younger-looking neck and jawline.

Loose neck skin can become increasingly problematic with age and sun exposure, and a neck lift is one way to address this issue and achieve natural-looking results.

How Does a Neck Lift Work?

A neck lift is an effective and minimally invasive solution to tighten loose and sagging skin around the jawline and neck area. Loose neck skin can be an early indicator of aging, making many look years older than they actually are. Although exercise and diet can often help alleviate neck wrinkles or sagging skin issues, a professional neck lift can dramatically enhance its appearance and bring back youth in this key area of our bodies.

At the outset of a neck lift procedure, a cosmetic surgeon will make small incisions behind each ear and, depending on your specific requirements, possibly one or more under the chin. Once incisions have been made, your surgeon will remove sagging skin, tighten up muscles that define your neck, tighten any remaining tissue and redrape the remaining skin for a smoother and more defined neck profile.

Liposuction may be added as part of a neck lift procedure for some patients in order to address fatty deposits that contribute to double chins and neck bands. This method uses three tiny cuts into the skin known as ports through which fat-sucking devices can access and suction out fat cells from underneath. Liposuction may also be performed through smaller incisions under the chin.

Neck lifts are often combined with facelifts for comprehensive aesthetic improvements to the jawline, lower facial skin, and neck area. Therefore, it is advised to meet with a plastic surgeon prior to undergoing neck lift surgery.

What Can I Expect from a Neck Lift?

As they recover from neck lift surgery, patients should avoid activities which might delay healing or cause injuries such as strenuous exercise, hot showers and baths, excessive sun exposure or activities which could damage healing – these steps will reduce swelling, bruising and improve recovery time.

Bruising and swelling tend to be most prominent during days two and three of neck lift recovery, but should gradually subside over several weeks. A neck lift can dramatically reverse signs of aging in this area of your face while simultaneously targeting fatty deposits or excess skin deposits – even combined with liposuction or Botox treatments it can enhance and rejuvenate the entire facial contour.

In the initial week of recovery, patients should sleep with their heads elevated on pillows to maximize circulation and decrease swelling while also encouraging healing and avoiding strain on neck muscles. It is also crucial to rest adequately and drink plenty of fluids throughout this process, while ice packs may help alleviate pain by cooling bruising or swelling; however, be careful never to apply directly onto skin as this could disrupt blood flow and cause lasting damage. Finally, patients must refrain from smoking or taking any medications that affect blood clotting like aspirin and try not to increase circulation or reduce inflammation during this process.

How Long Will a Neck Lift Last?

Neck lift surgeries typically last two or three hours. Patients will receive general anesthesia during this process and experience minimal discomfort. Once incisions have been closed, loose skin can be tightened up for improved neck contour.

Recovery after neck lift surgery usually lasts several weeks. To optimize results, it is vital that patients keep their head elevated when sleeping, avoid any pressure being placed on the neck area, and regularly apply cold packs. After about one week of restful healing and applying cold packs regularly, swelling should have significantly diminished and most bruising should have subsided, with most able to resume low impact portions of their regular routine within several days while we advise waiting about four weeks before engaging in strenuous exercise again.

A neck lift can dramatically enhance your profile and confidence by creating smoother skin in the neck area. However, it’s important to understand that this procedure cannot stop natural aging processes; to maintain results for 10-15 years through healthy lifestyle choices, good skincare routines, and sun protection measures.

If you’re tired of concealing sagging neck skin with long sweaters or turtlenecks, contact Kadz Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills to discover what a neck lift can do for your appearance. Our team is happy to answer any queries that arise and help you achieve the neckline you desire!

What Can I Do to Prevent a Neck Lift?

Sagging neck skin and excess fat around your jaw line can make you appear years – or even decades – older than you actually are. A neck lift can reduce these signs of aging for an overall more youthful look, though surgical procedures like this one may require longer recovery periods than desired. Noninvasive neck tightening offers a safe and effective alternative that doesn’t involve incisions or extensive recovery time; for patients looking for alternatives or unwillingness to undergo these invasive processes.

Genetics, gravity, sun damage, unhealthy lifestyle habits and stress can all have a dramatic effect on facial and neck skin, leading to loose neck skin, horizontal banding or double chin formation. A surgical facelift or neck lift may provide the solution by lifting away loose skin while tightening muscles underneath and reducing fat accumulations.

A neck lift may be performed alone or as part of a lower rhytidectomy (facelift), with impressive results both alone and as part of this procedure. A properly performed neck lift can dramatically enhance facial features such as the face and neck while simultaneously delaying signs of natural aging – however, no matter what treatment options may be used it will not stop natural processes from progressing further.

Individuals seeking neck tightening should consult with an experienced board-certified dermatologist, to identify an effective plan. An expert in treating this area can assess skin and offer both nonsurgical and surgical solutions that deliver impressive aesthetic results.

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