A neck lift, also called a cervicoplasty or platysmaplasty surgery depending on how it is performed, is an elective procedure performed to restore definition to the neck and jawline. Collagen and elastin, known as the building blocks of the skin, weaken and diminish over time which in turn affects the overlying skin. The epidermis of the neck may begin to sag or collect fatty deposits, which detract from the shape and beauty of the face. There are also instances in which genetics create an unfavorable jawline due to the tissue structures of the neck. When plagued by any of these issues, a neck lift is the perfect, long-lasting surgical solution. After this procedure, patients may benefit from a more defined chin, a slimmer face, and a youthful, attractive neck.
A neck lift can last a minimum of 6-10 years, though the results are highly variable depending on the patient’s age and condition of skin, among other factors. When Dr. Jeffrey Epstein performs a neck lift on a patient, he typically tightens the muscles and skin of the neck, trimming off excess tissues, and may also liposuction unwanted fat from the neck. Each method creates a permanent change that will promote the neck to maintain its structure for some time.
Neck lift surgery is often performed in conjunction with a facelift surgery or dermal injections if the patient is concerned with both areas. Because a neck lift can create such a dramatic change, results may appear artificial if the face shows signs of aging and the newly defined neck does not. Patients interested in neck lift surgery or the neck lift and facelift combination surgery must first consult Dr. Epstein and present him with their full medical history to ensure a safe procedure. It is also essential that a candidate understands what the surgery can and cannot physically achieve. A consultation with one of the patient advisors and Dr. Epstein will determine your best facial rejuvenation options.
Recovery from Necklift Surgery
Like many plastic surgeons, Dr. Epstein performs neck lift surgery on an outpatient basis. Once a patient returns home, they may experience some discomfort, but prescribed pain medications will control this. A caretaker should be available as it may be difficult for patients to move their head and perform normal daily tasks. It is imperative that patients sleep with their head propped up for one to two weeks to ensure proper healing without fluid buildup. Most of the bruising and swelling will have resolved two weeks following the surgery, so this is an appropriate time for a patient to return to work. It is typically 3-4 weeks until strenuous activities can be resumed.