A Neck lift (also known as as a Platysmaplasty) is a surgical procedure that removes the lose skin surrounding the Jawline and neck area, resulting in a smoother feel to your skin with less wrinkles allowing for a more rejuvenated appearance. Ultimately it will re-shape the skin around the neck and jaw reducing signs of ageing or sagging.
There are different reasons as to why a patient would opt for a neck lift such as having excess skin after weight loss, the reducing of skin elasticity as a result of genetics, treatment from damage in the sun or treatment for illnesses. At the Royal Free PPU our consultants are highly trained experts and will tailor each service to the patients needs ensuring all procedures are carried out to the highest standard.
Neck lift surgery is performed under a general anaesthetic and takes around 2-3 hours to finish. Your surgeon will make a small incision in both the hairline and behind the ears, stretching the loose skin over the jaw line and neck. Muscles will then be tightened and excess skin will be trimmed and then placed in a new position using surgical sutures making for a more rejuvenated look.
The Procedure is minimally invasive therefore will leave little scaring around the facial area with incisions being made behind the ears and hairline effectively hiding their visibility.
Most patients typically recover from their surgery with 14 days of it occurring, patients are normally required to stay overnight in hospital and are advised to take between 1-2 weeks off work for recovery. During this time you should notice your swelling will reduce and your skin should have a more rejuvenated feel to it. Scarring if any should fade quickly also.
You should rest with your head sitting up after your operation and steer clear of any bending or lifting movements around that area.