What is a surgical neck lift? A surgical neck lift is a cosmetic procedure that improves the appearance of your neck by removing excess skin and fat and tightening the muscles. Submental lipectomy or lower rhytidectomy are some of the other medical terms for a neck lift. As we age, our skin loses elasticity and gravity pulls down on the soft tissues of our face and neck. This can cause the formation of wrinkles, sagging skin, and jowls. A surgical neck lift can help to rejuvenate your appearance by improving the contours of your neck. The results of the neck lift procedure are long-lasting but it does not stop or delay the again process.
There are three main kinds of neck lift surgery and the treatment depends upon the problem experienced by the patient.
The first step of the procedure is anaesthesia administration. This will be either general anaesthesia, which will put you to sleep for the duration of the surgery, or local anaesthesia, which will numb the area being treated.
The next step is to make the incisions. The type and number of incisions will depend on the type of neck lift you are having. For a platysmaplasty, the surgeon will make incisions in front of and behind your ears. For a cervicoplasty, the surgeon will make an incision under your chin and along your hairline. For liposuction, the surgeon will make small incisions in the skin and insert a thin tube, called a cannula, to suction out the excess fat.
Once the incisions have been made, the surgeon will begin to tighten the muscles and remove any excess skin or fat. The incisions will then be closed with sutures or staples. After the procedure, you will be taken to a recovery room where you will be closely monitored. You may have drains in place to remove any excess fluids. You will likely experience some swelling and bruising which will resolve over the next few weeks. The Surgeon will give specific instructions on how to care for your incisions and drains. It is important to follow these instructions carefully to reduce the risk of infection.