Neck lift is a surgical procedure performed to improve the appearance of the neck and under the jaw line by reducing the loose sagging skin. Neck lift, also called cervicoplasty or neck lift with platysmaplasty procedure is used to enhance the appearance of your neck. The procedure usually takes two to three hours, but the time may differ accordingly if other surgeries such as liposuction, facelift, brow lift are performed along with neck lift.
The procedure is performed under general or local anesthesia and a small incision is made under your chin in front and behind the ear to access the platysma (neck muscle) and tighten them as required. You doctor may also perform liposuction on the neck to remove excess fat deposits from the neck. Some excess skin is also removed through the incisions near the ears. After the muscles are tightened the skin is draped over the ear. The extra skin is then trimmed, and the incisions are closed using sutures. A drain is placed on the neck to drain extra fluids to decrease the swelling and discomfort following the surgery.
Following the surgery, you will have a compression bandage to help decrease the swelling. Most patients are able to restore to normal activities after 10 to 14 days. Avoid participating in sports for at least 3 weeks.
Complications associated with neck lift include infection, swelling and bruising, tightness or tingling, burning or pulling sensation and numbness on the skin.