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Neck reshaping

A neck lift is a surgical procedure which may offer a smoother and more toned appearance to skin under the chin and neck area which has lost elasticity.Neck-lift plastic surgery can be performed in a variety of ways, depending on the needs of the individual.

Three possible neck-lift procedures include:

• Liposuction

• Cervicoplasty

• Platysmaplasty

Typically, a neck-lift will include liposuction to remove fat. Cervicoplasty may be included to remove excess skin, and platysmaplasty to remove or tighten neck muscles; a process that gets rid of unwanted band lines

Candidacy for a neck-lift is a determination made by the practicing physician. Many significant factors must be considered for each patient including age, health factors, diet and family history. A reasonable expectation level is also important. Prospective candidates are in good health and have no serious illnesses or allergies that may interfere with a successful surgery.

Patients with a healthy skin tone which has retained some of its elasticity and ability to uniformly heal after surgery are generally the best prospective candidates.

The neck-lift procedure

Since there may be more than one procedure performed during a neck-lift, your time in surgery may be one hour to several hours. The procedure may be performed under local anesthesia or general anesthesia.

The procedures involved in a neck-lift may be performed endoscopically. For an endoscopic neck-lift, an instrument visually guides the surgeon through the procedure.

The advantages of an endoscopic procedure may include a smaller incision, no general anesthesia, reduced bruising, and faster recovery

If your neck-lift requires liposuction to remove excess fat, the liposuction procedure is typically performed first. An incision will be made below the chin to remove the excess fat deposits. The fat deposits will be removed by inserting a small canula beneath the skin and into the fatty tissue. The canula is used to break up the fat, and then remove it from the neck area. A bandage will be applied to reduce swelling and discomfort.
The doctor may also apply a bandage around your neck and head.

Your neck, jaw, and ears may be bruised and may continue to swell for up to ten days. The doctor may suggest using two pillows when you sleep. The physician will also recommend keeping your head and neck still and elevated at all times for up to ten days.

Oral pain medication and an antibiotic can be administered to reduce pain and to reduce the risk of infection.

Exercise may be restricted for a short period of time.

The bandage around your neck and head typically can be removed the day after surgery. However, an elastic-type garment must be worn throughout the evening for at least two weeks. Stitches may be dissolvable, or will require removal up to seven days after the procedure. Final results will be evident in about three to six months.

Cervicoplasty

The cervicoplasty procedure is performed to remove excess skin on the neck. An incision is made under your chin and behind the ears. The surgeon will then cut back and lift the skin, which will be secured with permanent sutures or a special type of permanent adhesive glue. A bandage and tape will be applied to the incision locations to reduce swelling and discomfort. An elastic bandage will be applied to your neck and head.

Your neck, jaw, and ears may be bruised and continue to swell for up to ten days. Recovery for this procedure is the same as for liposuction recovery.

Platysmaplasty

The platysmaplasty procedure is performed to reduce the banded appearance of the neck. During the procedure, incisions will be made under the chin or behind the ears, or both. The surgeon will then insert a tiny instrument to either remove a portion of specific neck muscles or realign them, which will tighten the middle area of the neck. The doctor will permanently suture areas of the muscles in order to clasp them in the best position.

A bandage and tape will be applied across the chin or behind the ears (or both) to reduce swelling and discomfort. An elastic bandage will be wrapped around the neck and head.

Your neck, jaw, and ears may be bruised and continue to swell for up to ten days. Oral pain medications and an antibiotic can be administered to reduce pain and fight infection.

Complications of Neck-lift

Numbness of the skin occurs often for a few weeks after neck-lift surgery. Other risks include excess scar tissue build up or bruising and puckering of the skin.