Neck-lift surgery may be performed through a variety of procedures, depending on the individual. Three possible neck-lift procedures may include: liposuction, cervicoplasty, and platysmaplasty. The procedure is performed outpatient under general anesthesia and takes about 2 hours.
Typically, a neck-lift will include liposuction to remove fat. Cervicoplasty may be included to remove excess skin. Platysmaplasty to remove or tighten neck muscles: a process that gets rid of unwanted band lines. If your neck-lift requires liposuction to remove excess fat, the liposuction procedure is typically performed first.
For the liposuction stage of the procedure, an incision will be made below the chin to remove the excess fat deposits. The fat deposits will be removed by inserting a small cannula (a hollow tube with an opening near its blunt end) beneath the skin and into the fatty tissue. The cannula is used to break up the fat, and then remove it from the neck area. A bandage will be applied to reduce swelling and discomfort.
The cervicoplasty procedure is performed to remove excess skin on the neck. An incision is made under your chin and behind the ears (or possibly in just one of these locations). The surgeon will then cut back and lift the skin, which will be secured with permanent sutures or a special type of permanent adhesive glue. A bandage and tape will be applied to the incision locations to reduce swelling and discomfort. An elastic bandage will be applied to your neck and head.
The platysmaplasty procedure is performed to reduce the banded appearance of the neck. During the procedure, incisions will be made under the chin or behind the ears, or both. Then a tiny instrument will be inserted to either remove a portion of specific neck muscles or realign them, which will tighten the middle area of the neck. The doctor will permanently suture areas of the muscles in order to clasp them in the best position. A bandage and tape will be applied across the chin or behind the ears (or both) to reduce swelling and discomfort. An elastic bandage will be wrapped around the neck and head.
Post operatively, the neck and face area may be bruised and/or swollen for up to 10 days. The bandage is usually removed after 5-7 days and physical activity is limited for the first 4 weeks.
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