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Necklift Surgery - an overview

Centre for Surgery are recognised leaders in the latest necklift techniques. A necklift is also known as a cervicoplasty or platysmaplasty. One of the definitive features of the ageing process is the increasing looseness of skin in the neck. While it is an unfortunate reality that with age comes loose and sagging skin in this area, there is a surgical solution called a necklift (cervicoplasty/platsymaplasty) that can reverse the ageing effects by pulling the skin tightly together and creating a youthful appearance and a slim neck contour.

For women who feel concerned about looking older because of loose skin around the neck, a necklift at Centre for Surgery is a very effective surgical solution.  A necklift is also a minimally invasive technique that can often be performed with local anaesthesia and IV sedation. Occasionally, it may not only be older women but simply women with naturally weak neck muscles who wish to have this surgery in order to improve the contour of their neck. The necklift surgeon usually places incisions behind the ears or under the chin, giving access to remove excess tissue without causing scarring. It is vitally important to that to create the correct angle of pull to tighten the muscles, the incision is placed behind the ear. Many surgeons make the mistake of trying to take shortcuts and place incisions only in front of the ear.

At Centre for Surgery, the necklift procedure is also often performed in combination with brow lift, cheek augmentation, and facelifts in order to create a comprehensive transformation of the face for improved facial aesthetics. While necklifts are very effective at removing sagging, excess skin, they are not an appropriate solution for removing large amounts of fat around the neck and chin. If you would like to remove fat rather than skin, neck liposuction in this area would be a more effective solution. Centre for Surgery employ the revolutionary Lipomatic technique for performing neck liposuction. See the video below to see a neck liposuction procedure in action. Neck liposuction is often combined with a traditional necklift for even more dramatic results.

The Necklift Consultation

The consultation begins by having an opportunity to discuss your ideas, concerns and expectations about the necklift procedure with your surgeon, and ask any relevant questions you may have.

Your necklift surgeon will:

  1. Take a focused history and examine you thoroughly
  2. Explain the necklift procedure
  3. Take your needs and preferences into account when deciding on the most appropriate treatment option for you

An necklift surgeon can be either from a plastic surgery, ENT surgery or maxillofacial surgery background. All three specialities are fully trained to perform necklift surgery.

What Can You Expect From A NeckLift?

A necklift can effectively get rid of fat and tighten loose skin that accumulates on the neck with age, as well as help achieve a defined jawline. Although the procedure does not improve the quality of the skin, nevertheless, the patient will still be able to achieve a youthful appearance overall along with an impression of weight-loss.

The procedure also addresses various other problem areas such as Turkey neck and retrognathia.

Neck liposuction is a complementary procedure that can be combined with necklift to remove stubborn fat that you are not able to with just diet and exercise alone. Necklift is then performed to tighten the skin for a more appealing appearance.

Necklift Recovery Process

The first 24 hours following your surgery, we recommend you to have a family member or friend stay with you as it will be difficult for you to move around. You will need to rest for the first few days and then you may go back to your normal routine. However, strenuous activity should be avoided for a few weeks to allow your body to heal. Expect some bruising and swelling for the first few days following the surgery and it is absolutely normal. The surgeon may prescribe pain medications to help you with any discomfort.

The recovery period will be longer if necklift is combined with other procedures such as neck liposuction or facelift.

Is Necklift Right For You?

An ideal candidate for necklift can be both men and women over the age of 18, but is most common among people between the ages of 30-70. You must have a good health overall and must have good skin elasticity on the jowls, neck and face. A good bone structure can also contribute to a better result so it is preferred but not required.

You may be refused by our surgeons if you are a heavy smoker and you do not wish to quit a few weeks prior to the surgery as advised. And most importantly you must have realistic expectations of what you will be able to achieve after a necklift surgery.

Necklift Or Neck Liposuction

A necklift is a more appropriate solution for patients who are concerned about the ageing effect of loose and sagging skin on the neck. It is preferred for older patients with small amounts of fat in the neck region.

Neck liposuction is a better solution for patients who wish to remove excess fat around the neck and chin and do not have excess loose skin – it generally is better suited to younger patients with good skin elasticity.

However, both necklift and neck liposuction come as a complementary package if desired by the patient to achieve the best results, keeping in mind the recovery period will be longer compared to having only one procedure.

Necklift FAQS

Am I an ideal patient for necklift surgery?

Your surgeon will assess you thoroughly at consultation. Your confidence may be diminished because of the laxity of the skin and muscle on your neck or you may concerned that your loose and sagging neck skin is making you seem older than your years?.  If so, then you may be a suitable patient for necklift surgery, a procedure that can tighten the skin around the neck, make you look younger, and boost your self-esteem and confidence.

What is the best way to prepare for a necklift?

The number top tip is to cut down or ideally stop smoking before the surgery. This should happen at least 4 weeks beforehand.

If you are on medications, you must tell your surgeon so that he/she can tell you which ones to stop before your surgery.

Is a necklift a complex procedure?

At Centre for Surgery, necklifts are simple and safe procedures to perform. Incisions will be made under the chin or behind the ears or in both areas. These incisions give the surgeon the access which is  required to remove excess tissue and skin without causing scarring in visible places. The remaining skin is then fixed together using absorbable sutures, and the whole procedure should take around 2-3 hours to complete. Patients will be able to go home 1 hour after the procedure is completed.

Will I get bruising and swelling following a necklift procedure?

You will experience some bruising and swelling, soreness and discomfort around your neck for approximately 1 week following this procedure. During this time, you will have to wear a special garment in order to minimise bruising and swelling and promote healing. You will be given analgesia medication to go home with so that any pain you experience is minimal, and you should be able to return to work one week following necklift surgery.

Which is better, necklift or neck liposuction?

A neck lift is a more appropriate solution for patients who are concerned about the ageing effect of loose and sagging skin on the neck. It is preferred for older patients with small amounts of fat in the neck region.

Neck liposuction is a better solution for patients who wish to remove excess fat around the neck and chin and do not have excess loose skin – it generally is better suited to younger patients with good skin elasticity.

Are there scars following necklift surgery?

Following the necklift procedure, the surgeon will make incisions behind your ears or under your chin so that they are not visible. You will have scars, but they will be hidden in discreet places so that they are hardly noticeable to the public eye.

What is the risk of complications developing during or after necklift surgery?

With all surgical procedures, there are some risks involved – necklift surgery is no exception to this. There is a small risk of  bleeding, wound breakdown, surgical site infection, and seroma formation beneath the skin. At Centre for Surgery, your safety and comfort is taken very seriously and we take all steps to prevent or minimise the incidence of complications developing through a programme of meticulous aftercare.

What other procedures can be combined with necklift?

Other complementary procedures with necklift include neck liposuction, facelift and browlift.

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