As we age, it’s incredibly common for the skin around our neck area to lose its youthful elasticity, leading to the dreaded ‘turkey wattle’. This typical sagging and laxity can be combated during a facelift procedure, however, you could instead have a neck lift – more formally known as a platysmaplasty. This simple operation will be able to correct this, leaving you with a more youthful neckline.

Do I need a neck lift?

Although the final decision of whether or not to proceed with this treatment is ultimately down to you, there are numerous reasons why you may consider this operation a viable choice. Sagging around the neck area is generally caused when the longitudinal, band-like platysma muscles in your neck begin to lose their tone and the support they provide is reduced – this can cause ‘platysma bands’. You may also find excess fat collecting below your jawline, and when paired with the general laxity of the skin and muscles caused by ageing, you may feel that the definition of your neck and jawline is obscured.

A neck lift will be able to produce a more clearly defined face shape, with a streamlined neck and jawline.

What does the operation involve?

Whether you have this procedure as part of a facelift or as a separate treatment, the general process is the same. Excess fat around the neck will be removed using liposuction (a fat removal procedure) and the descent or sagging of the platysma muscles will also be corrected. This is done by dividing the platysma bands and then re-suturing across the midline to recreate your neck angle definition.

The incision for this procedure is hidden below your chin, so won’t be easily visible. Excess skin is removed by an incision around the ear and in the hairline, so again there won’t be any scarring that can be easily spotted.

What is the recovery like for this procedure?

A neck lift will be done using a general anaesthetic and you will also need to stay overnight, so be sure to pack a bag. Generally speaking, you will be able to return to work after about two weeks – this is also when your sutures will be removed. You’ll be asked to wear a compression garment for the first two to three weeks after your treatment, as this helps to support your new neck shape. Also, try to sleep with your head elevated – this can help to reduce any potential swelling caused by the treatment.

Do you have any more questions? Would you like to book a consultation? Get in touch with us today by calling 020 7118 6887.


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