The neck lift procedure targets sagging muscle and skin that extend from the chest to the skin below the chin. This concentration of surplus skin and muscle conceals the natural curve that runs from the edge of the jaw down the neckline, and, by doing so, creates facial asymmetry. Our board certified plastic surgeons are trained to resolve these cosmetic concerns.
With the neck lift, it is possible to improve definition in the neck by removing the excess skin and tightening the underlying tissue, or by removing or altering the neck muscles.
The neck lift is a procedure that is designed to minimize the appearance of loose, excessive skin that can gather at the neck. The procedure can be conducted either as a standalone procedure, or in conjunction with a facelift or chin augmentation.
If you are receiving cervicoplasty, the excess neck tissue is removed, and the skin is lifted in order to regain the natural contours of the neck. During platysmaplasty, neck muscles are removed or altered to create a more desirable appearance.
Individuals who may benefit from the neck lift may have experienced weight fluctuations, have a genetic predisposition to sagging muscle and neck tissue, or are experiencing undesirable changes in the neck from aging.
It is important that neck lift candidates have realistic expectations for surgery, are healthy and refrain from smoking.
Your neck lift procedure may be performed in an outpatient or hospital setting, typically using general anesthesia. Because the neck lift can be combined with a facelift or chin augmentation, the procedure can last as long as 2-3 hours.
During a cervicoplasty procedure, the plastic surgeon will make two incisions either behind or under the ear. The excess skin is trimmed, while the remaining skin is re-draped before sutures are placed to close the incision.
In the case of platysmaplasty, the incisions are made either under the chin or behind the ear so that the surgeon can reach the neck muscles to adjust the platysma muscle and/or digastric muscle by removing a small section, or by tightening or realigning the muscles to improve the overall appearance of the neck region. The skin in this area will be redraped before the sutures are placed.
Neck lift aftercare can be a bit arduous, but if you follow your plastic surgeons instructions, you can return to your daily routine after about two weeks.
For the first days after surgery, you may need to keep your head elevated, wear the compression strap provided by your surgeon, and follow any additional steps given to you by your plastic surgery team. It may take 2-3 weeks before you can appreciate the full results of the neck lift surgery.
If you are interested in learning about how the neck lift can change your appearance, please contact our office at the Plastic Surgery Division at the UNC Aesthetic, Laser & Burn Center in Chapel Hill. Our board certified surgeons will determine the type of neck surgery that will provide the best result for your individual case. We are happy to take the time to review the procedure, to answer your questions, and to address any of your concerns.