Although very few candidates are a fit for an isolated neck lift, you are in great hands with our board-certified surgeons. This procedure is similar to a facelift; however, only the neck area is addressed. This procedure is performed under general anesthesia to tighten the loose neck skin and neck muscles. Remember that this procedure does not address the jowl area, only the neck.
BENEFITS OF A NECK LIFT
TYPES OF NECK LIFTS
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This is part of all neck lifts. The incision for this is incorporated into a facelift incision if done together. The incision is hidden in the natural contours and shadows in front of the ear, around the earlobe, behind the ear where the ear meets the head, and depending on how much excess skin and muscle laxity there is in the neck, it will cut across to the hairline of the neck and hide along the hairline. From this incision, the lateral part of the platysma can be taken and tightened posteriorly (towards the hairline) to further contour the neck-- this is often done via a "plication."
For a deep plane approach here, the platysma is released from the ligaments that hold it in place, and it is elevated and tightened posteriorly for a sculpted neck.
This is part of most neck-lift procedures. It requires an incision that hides under the chin, and it allows the surgeon to access the central aspect of the muscle of the neck, the "platysma," to tighten it and create a better contour.
For the deep plane technique during the corset platysmaplasty, the tissues beneath the platysma (i.e. fat, muscle, and salivary glands) are also accessed and contoured as needed for a sculpted neck.
For a deep plane approach during the lateral plastysmaplasty, the platysma is released from the ligaments that hold it in place, and it is elevated and tightened posteriorly for a sculpted neck.
NECK LIFT RECOVERY
In most cases there is use of a drain on either side of the neck-- this is about the size of an IV tube and pulls out extra fluid to allow the tissues to heal together after surgery. Immediately following surgery, a large dressing will be supplied to protect the surgical area. Both the drain and the dressing are removed the morning after surgery and the dressing is replaced with a lower profile jaw strap, which is to be worn all day for at least a week, up to two weeks-- this helps control swelling and speed healing. Swelling and bruising after surgery is moderate and increased for the first 3-4 days, then it decreases. For the most part, pain is not usually a complaint from most patients and is well controlled with multi-modal oral medications.
During the first week, patients will generally not want to go out much. The sutures are removed around day 7, and swelling and bruising are resolving.
Up until one month, patients look and feel pretty great with some residual swelling. Patients are usually photo-ready by week 8.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Dr. Sarhaddi performs the Deep Plane neck lift for patients that are candidates due to genetics, weight loss, or aging concerns.