SURGICAL NECK LIFT
You have always focused on your face and keeping it young looking. When looking at a recent photograph one day you realize that your neck simply doesn't match the way your face looks. It is aged, with lines, sagging skin and fat bulges. How did this happen so suddenly? What should you do? The solution to this problem is a neck lift from Midas Touch.
A neck lift (platysmaplasty and/or cervicoplasty) tightens the skin and muscles in your neck bringing back its youthful appearance. It also provides a smooth, toned look to the skin on your neck creating not only a well-defined jaw line but a tighter, firmer look between your chin and your neck.
A neck lift may involve a set of procedures:
A CervicoplastyÂ to remove excess skin.
A PlatysmaplastyÂ to alter the neck muscles.
Liposuction to remove excess fat.
Endoscopy (Surgery with a small camera attached to a thin tube.)
Before your neck lift you will be sedated with a general anesthesia to put you to sleep. You won't feel any pain during the procedure and you won't be aware that it is taking place.
An incision may be made in front and behind the ear, and excess neck skin will be removed through the incision made behind the ear.
An alternative method involves making an incision under the chin without removing any skin and without the need for an incision in front of the ear. The neck skin is released from the underlying muscles allowing the skin to contract without skin removal. The platysma muscle (platysmaplasty) is tightened through this chin incision if needed.
A neck lift procedure typically takes two to three hours to complete.
Your surgeon will apply a compression bandage for you to wear for at least one week.
At home you will need to apply ice packs to reduce swelling and bruising.
You may be asked to apply either petroleum jelly or antibacterial ointment to the incision sites.
You should also ensure someone is with you for the first 24 hours.
Even though most patients experience very little pain, your surgeon will prescribe pain medication to ensure your comfort.
If a dressing was applied, your surgeon will remove it within one to two days.
In some cases, a drainage tube may have been inserted during the surgery. This will be removed on the first or second day after surgery.
Your sutures and staples will be removed within five to 10 days.
You should also keep your head elevated when lying down and avoid as much activity as possible.
Recovery typically takes about two to four weeks. Scars shouldn't be noticeable after enough healing time has passed. However, they are easily disguised in natural skin creases, or by the hair. In some cases you may need to hide scars with makeup until total healing has occurred. Some relaxation of tissues will occur over the first few weeks.
The results of a neck lift procedure are visible almost immediately. The complete results may take several months until all the swelling had subsided. Your results should be long lasting and satisfying.