A Neck Lift – also known as Platysmaplasty – is a surgical procedure that can restore the skin around the neck to a youthful appearance. Most commonly, candidates select this procedure to address sagging or excess skin in the neck area, sometimes referred to as a “turkey wattle”. The procedure removes or alters the muscles and excess skin in your neck to give it a sleeker, leaner appearance. By creating more definition in the angle of the jaw, the appearance of the neck is greatly improved.
As an alternative – or in addition – to surgery, candidates may elect to have muscle relaxant injections in the neck. These injections can relax parts of the platysma that are responsible for the “band” appearance and improve the fullness of the neck.
Most often, these injections need to be performed with a lower facelift or facial and neck thread lift procedures, and are rarely performed on their own.
Most neck lift surgeries take at least two to three hours or more depending on complexity, and may require an overnight stay. Each patient’s situation will be different, and surgery specifics will vary accordingly.
A neck lift is performed to reduce the excess skin of the neck, improving the “band” or “turkey wattle” appearance. During the procedure, incisions will be made under the chin or behind the ears, or both. Dr. Zacharia will perform liposuction of fat if required, tighten the muscles of the neck with sutures or excise the muscles and remove excess skin from behind the ears.
There is an alternative technique for patients who are unhappy with their neck laxity but prefer to avoid the anterior incision of a facelift. This procedure is called the Giampapa suture-suspension neck lift.
Giampapa suture-suspension procedure involves making a small incision underneath the chin, through which the skin is undermined and excess fat in the triangle below the chin and jaw line is removed with a very thin liposuction cannula.
Then, through small incisions – inconspicuously placed in the creases behind each ear – a permanent nylon suture is drawn underneath the chin and platysma muscle situated on either side of the neck to create an artificial ligament. Once the suture is anchored in place, this muscle is tightened and held in position, providing a more youthful appearance to the neck.
Non-surgical neck injectable muscle relaxant:
Muscle relaxant injections are the non-surgical option available to patients, and can be used to reduce excess fullness or “bands” in your neck that makes you look older. Those injections can be done in 15 minutes on an outpatient basis, meaning no overnight stay in hospital is required.
Platysma Plication or neck lift surgery can help to remove excess skin and fat from your neck area to address age-related creasing and wrinkling. You’ll end up with a slimmer and smoother profile that can easily remove years from your look. Additionally, the results you get from neck lift surgery can be very long-lasting.
Before you get your neck lift in Sydney, you can have a video consultation with cosmetic surgeon, Dr Michael Zacharia. We’re happy to sit down with you and outline what your expectations are so we can work to surpass them. We’ll walk you through our entire process for neck lift surgery in Sydney, and we’re happy to answer any questions you may have.
Dr Michael Zacharia on Facelifts
Facelift surgery is technically known as Meloplasty or Rhytidectomy. A facelift is the most extensive way to remove or reduce the appearance of wrinkles and sagging of the face, as a result of ageing. The skin is literally lifted off the face so that the skin and the tissue beneath can be tightened, then the outer skin can be repositioned smoothly over the face
Having a facelift surgery can make a face appear younger and healthier. While the face will continue to age, a facelift can “take years off” a person’s appearance. For some people, this may increase self-confidence and reduce anxiety about ageing.
There are several benefits that come with getting a neck lift in Sydney. First, you’ll get the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you have an experienced cosmetic surgeon performing your neck lift.
If you have excess fat in the middle area of your neck, this doesn’t necessarily require a full neck lift. Instead, we can take out the excess fat in the middle of your neck and lift it from the middle instead of the sides. This direct neck incision procedure can give you a slender profile with reduced lines and sagging.
Another great benefit is the profile you get when you complete the surgery. Since we remove the fat and excess skin, the wrinkles and sagging skin vanish. In turn, you get a youthful and contoured profile that looks and feels younger. Since the results can last for years, you can enjoy the confidence boost it’ll give you every day.
It helps to highlight your jaw as well, and this can add definition to your face. A neck lift works to get rid of and correct your jowls. This is one of the biggest problems with aging, and it can remove years seemingly overnight.
Adult candidates – whether male or female – are able to have elective neck lift surgery. Typically, candidates are aged between 30 and 70 years old.
Ideal candidates for neck lift surgery should demonstrate good physical and mental health. Smokers are encouraged to quit several weeks before the procedure to avoid slow healing and potential post-procedure problems. It is also recommended that drinking alcohol is kept to a minimum before and after surgery, in order to avoid complications during surgery and reduce recovery time.
Once a candidate’s suitability for a neck lift has been determined, Dr. Zacharia will provide consultation to explain the proposed surgery and the variables that may affect the procedure.
The cost of a neck lift surgery varies, depending on the patient and complexity of the procedure performed. The cost will be inclusive of fees for the physician, anaesthetic, hospital fees, and, if applicable, charges for an overnight stay.
Generally, any surgery performed purely cosmetic reasons will not be covered by health insurance. In some cases, wherein the procedure is deemed medically necessary – such as the correction of birth defects or damage resulting from trauma – cosmetic procedures may be covered. Patients are encouraged to speak directly to their health service provider to determine the specifics of their policy and confirm insurance coverage.
Book a consultation, request a quote online, or contact the staff at Dr. Zacharia’s rooms today on (02) 9192 1600.
For the first 24 hours after surgery, patients should ensure that they are monitored by a family member or a close friend in case any complications should arise. Patients should have loose-fitting clothing on hand to wear, as it will not be possible to wear clothing that will rub against the neck after surgery. It’s important to remember that recovery takes time – most patients can resume normal activities, including work, within two to four weeks of having the procedure.
No surgery is risk free, and as with all procedures there are number of potential risks and complications to consider when undergoing neck lift surgery. Understanding those risks prior to having surgery is essential.
The likelihood that complications will occur during neck lift surgery or the recovery process is very small. This is not intended to be a complete list of possible complications, but rather an overview of the most common risks associated with this kind of surgery:
During the initial consultation, Dr. Zacharia will answer any questions and provide detailed information regarding all possible complications involved with the surgery.
Recovering from a neck lift takes time; patients can expect some discomfort for several days after surgery, and will be given pain medication. Applying cold compresses to the area will help reduce swelling and soothe pain. Most stitches can be removed after five to ten days, depending on how quickly healing occurs.
The neck, jaw and ears may be bruised and continue to swell for up to 10 days. Severe pain or abnormal symptoms should be reported to Dr. Zacharia immediately.
Any time an incision is made in the skin, scarring will form during the healing process. Successful incision healing is dependent on several factors, including:
Dr. Zacharia will make every effort to make any scars as inconspicuous as possible. However, neck lift surgery does result in some scarring that may be noticeable; two months prior to the surgery scarring will appear firm and pink, and may remain this way for six months.
It can take 3-6 months for the final results of a neck lift to be evident.