What is a Neck Lift?A neck lift procedure is performed with the goal of removing any excess fat or even sagging skin on the cervical area that usually develops with age. Surgery can take the form of liposuction, cervicoplasty, or platysmaplasty.
Usually, liposuction is performed to eliminate excess fat from the neck while cervicoplasty is done if any sagging skin needs to be removed. Platysmaplasty is performed when the muscles in the neck need to be tightened and toned, and the band lines need to be removed. Dr. Meger may combine this procedure with another treatment option, such as a facelift, blepharoplasty, or a forehead lift. Phoenix and Scottsdale patients may also undergo a less invasive procedure known as a micro procedure.
Who is the Best Candidate?
Phoenix and Scottsdale patients who undergo neck lifts can range in age from 18 to 90. If you’re healthy and exhibit sagging skin or lines around the neck, then you’re a good candidate.
What is Involved?
Typically, this procedure is performed under a local or general anesthesia, depending on the individual case. In some instances, the doctor uses an endoscope as a visual guide and aid. By using a small camera and monitor display, the doctor is able to make smaller incisions, all which results in less bruising and enables the patient to heal at a faster rate. The procedure is typically done on an outpatient basis, with the patient returning home the same day.
What Happens when Liposuction is Performed?
If liposuction is used to remove fat from the neck, then the doctor will place an incision beneath the chin to remove the deposits of fat. A small hollow tube, called a cannula, is used to break up the deposits and remove the excess fat.
What is Involved in Liposuction Recovery?
After the procedure, the patient will experience some bruising and swelling around the jaw, ears, and neck. A bandage is placed around the neck to ease any related discomfort. During the recovery process, the patient is also advised to keep her head and neck elevated for a period of 10 days. An antibiotic and pain medication will be prescribed to lessen the risk of infection and treat the bruising and swelling.
What Does Cervicoplasty Entail?
Cervicoplasty, designed to get rid of sagging skin from the neck, is performed by first placing an incision beneath the chin and/or behind each ear. The surgeon, in turn, lifts the remaining skin after the excess skin is removed. Incisions are sutured, and the incision sites are bandaged and taped to reduce any swelling or discomfort.
What’s Involved in the Recovery Process for a Cervicoplasty Procedure?
The neck, ears, and jaws will usually be bruised or swollen for a 10-day period. An antibiotic and pain medicine will both be prescribed to reduce the chance for infection and treat any discomfort. A bandage and tape are worn during the healing process.
How is a Platysmaplasty Performed?
Designed to reduce the band lines around the neck, platysmaplasty requires that an incision be placed beneath the chin and/or behind each ear. A small instrument is inserted at each incision site to realign or remove specific muscles in the neck. Sutures are then applied as well as a bandage and tape.
What’s Involved in the Recovery Process for Platysmaplasty?
Similar to cervicoplasty, recovery will usually take about 10 days. Oral pain relievers and an antibiotic will be prescribed to lessen any discomfort or reduce the chance for infection.
If you are interested in a neck lift procedure, call our Phoenix and Scottsdale area office today at (602) 957-6000 to schedule an appointment.