Neck Lift (Platysmaplasty)
Over time, loss of elasticity in the skin, muscle tone, and accumulated fat can lead to an overall sagging of the features. The skin around the neck is particularly susceptible to stretching and wrinkling because it is thinner than skin on other parts of the body and contains less collagen. As you age, the result is often that unfortunate wrinkly waddle of loose skin that people often refer to as “turkey neck.” And the only way to get rid of it is with a surgical procedure called a neck lift—or a platysmaplasty. The East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery team is experienced and skilled in the latest platysmaplasty techniques. To learn more about this procedure, we encourage you to schedule an appointment for a one-on-one consultation at one of our New Jersey ECAPS offices, located in Hoboken, Ridgewood, and Livingston.
What is a neck lift?
During a neck lift, small incisions are made below the chin or around the ears. The skin is then tightened and repositioned, and any excess skin is removed. Some cases require tightening of underlying muscles and removal of fatty tissue. This procedure is sometimes performed in conjunction with others, such as a standard facelift or liposuction.
During your one-on-one consultation with your doctor at East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery, you will discuss your personal goals for your appearance, and together determine the best approach to meet your needs.
Am I a good candidate for neck lift surgery?
Below is a list to help you determine whether or not platysmaplasty is right for you:
- You are in good physical condition and can withstand major surgery
- You have a good bone structure and retain some skin elasticity
- You are bothered by the signs of aging in your neck
- Your neck has hanging skin causing a “turkey wattle” appearance
- You have hanging excess skin and sagging in the neck area from weight loss or age
- You have an excess of fat causing the appearance of a double chin
During your one-on-one consultation with a surgeon at one of our ECAPS Centers of New Jersey, you will go over these considerations in order to ensure that your surgery is a success. You should be prepared to discuss your full medical history during your consultation, including any medical conditions, previous surgeries or treatments, drug allergies, current medications, and use of alcohol, tobacco, or illegal substances.
Special Considerations for Neck Lift surgery
Please reflect upon the following factors before committing to plastic surgery in the New Jersey area:
- Expectations: It is important that you keep your expectations realistic when undergoing a neck lift. Neck surgery can create a younger looking appearance, but it does not stop the clock when it comes to aging. Platysmaplasty should not necessarily be considered a permanent procedure.
- Medical conditions: Neck surgeries are not recommended for those with diabetes, heart problems, or weak immune systems. These factors can complicate surgery and interfere with optimal recovery. It is important that you are healthy enough to withstand major surgery before you undergo any type of platysmaplasty.
- Weight: It is important that you complete any weight loss goals prior to surgery and stabilize your weight. Extreme weight gain or weight loss will affect the long-term results of your procedure.
Surgery and Recovery
A neck lift is commonly performed as an outpatient surgery, with general anesthesia or local anesthesia and sedation. After a few hours recovery you will be permitted to go home. Your incisions will be wrapped in gauze dressings and may include drain tubes to prevent the accumulation of fluid. You may be required to wear a compression garment to aid in healing and reduce swelling. Numbness may occur but should resolve within several months.
The highly trained, compassionate plastic surgeons at the East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery Center will be with you throughout the entire process of your procedure. You will also be sent home with a list of detailed care instructions to ensure that your recovery process is a success.