What Is Platysmaplasty Used For?
Remove Unwanted FatIn combination with neck liposuction, a neck lift procedure can remove fatty deposits and recontour the neckline. This may include removing fat that forms a double chin (submental fat). Neck contouring can create a slimmer and more attractive facial profile.
Tighten Loose SkinDue to age or weight loss, many people develop loose skin or skin flaps on their necks. This may include sagging jowls (commonly referred to as a ‘turkey neck.’) Neck lift surgery can remove unwanted loose skin and restore a tight, youthful appearance to the neck.
Minimize Muscle BandsAs people age, they often develop vertical banding of the neck muscles. If the neck banding is an isolated problem, then BOTOX® Cosmetic may address the condition. However, if the banding is severe or sagging skin is present, muscle banding is better treated with a neck lift.
How Is a Neck Lift Done?
What to Expect After Neck Surgery
How Long Does Neck Lift Recovery Take?
It may take two to three weeks before you can return to work after your neck contouring procedure. You should be able to resume vigorous exercise and heavy lifting within four to six weeks.
How Should I Sleep After Platysmaplasty?
You should sleep with your neck lifted above your chest for at least a week after your operation. This will help prevent swelling, bruising, and other unwanted side effects.
Does Platysmaplasty Leave Scars?
As with any plastic surgery, some degree of scarring is unavoidable. Dr. Boll does her best to place incisions in discreet locations, so your scars are difficult to see.
When Will I See My Neck Lift Results?
You should see initial results in four to six weeks as swelling and bruising fade. The final results of your neck contouring procedure may take three to six months to fully develop.
Frequently Asked Questions About Neck Lift Surgery
How much will my neck lift cost in Phoenix?
The cost of your neck lift will vary depending on the amount of correction required, the technique used, and other factors. Many patients combine their neck lift with other procedures, which can increase the cost.
Dr. Boll will provide you with a personalized neck lift cost following your consultation. She also offers cosmetic procedure financing plans to help patients afford the cosmetic surgery they desire.
Am I a candidate for neck lift surgery?
Candidates for neck lift surgery are interested in tightening their loose skin (including jowls), removing unwanted neck fat, or treating muscle banding in the neck. Ideal candidates will be in good health and not be on blood-thinning medications. Patients should have realistic expectations of their results.
How can I prepare for my neck lift?
You should begin to adjust your use of certain medications a few weeks before your operation. Consult with Dr. Boll and a pharmacist to determine which medications and supplements you should stop or reduce taking. Stop smoking six weeks before your surgery. Do not drink alcohol one to two weeks before your operation.
What should I do during my neck lift recovery?
During the first week of your recovery, you should keep your neck straight as much as possible to speed the healing process. You will be wearing a compression strap for 2 weeks after surgery. If you must move your neck, use gentle slow motions to avoid placing strain on your incisions.
Try to avoid clothing that you need to pull over your head, especially in the first two weeks of your recovery. Do not use ice to treat swelling in the neck, as this can result in complications.
Does neck lift surgery hurt?
Neck lift surgery is performed using anesthesia; therefore, you should not experience pain during the operation. Most patients report mild to moderate discomfort during their recovery. These symptoms can usually be managed with over-the-counter or prescription medications.
Are there risks or side effects from platysmaplasty?
As with any surgical procedure, some risks are always present. Dr. Boll does her best to minimize the chances of complications, but there are never any guarantees.
Side effects of neck lift surgery may include:
- Undesirable scarring
- Allergic reaction to anesthesia
- Mild to moderate nerve damage