As we age, our necks tend to develop a looseness, sometimes referred to as a ‘turkey neck’. The bands that form in the neck are usually due to thickening and drooping of the underlying platysma muscle. A necklift is aimed at smoothing out the platysma muscle, which in turn restores the neck to a smoother, more youthful appearance.
Individuals who are considering necklift surgery and want to know if they are suitable candidates for the procedure should schedule a consultation with Dr Quinn. Suitable candidates include individuals who are 40 to 80 years of age, who want to correct:
A suitable necklift candidate is an individual who has a realistic expectation of the results from surgery and whose skin still has some elasticity. The skin elastic should be able to withstand a fair amount of stretching. The individual must also be in overall good physical health.
The necklift is one of the most transformational procedures in cosmetic medicine. By getting rid of excess fat and skin deposits from the neck, and the possibility of restructuring underlying muscle, Dr Quinn can dramatically reconstruct a patient’s look. Because of all of the advances made in surgical technology in recent years, innovative necklift surgery is now administered with minimal incisions and scarring and at the same time creating incredible natural-looking results.
The main component in the performance of a necklift is elevation of the upper back corner of the platysma. This is accessed through an incision around the earlobe, at the angle of the jaw.
Sometimes additional surgery may be required to the anterior border of the platysma or the skin at the back of the neck.
The operation is usually administered as a day case procedure, but an overnight stay in hospital can be arranged.
Dressings and stitches will be used immediately following surgery. Dr Quinn will advise that you sleep with your head and shoulders in a raised position for the first seven to ten days following surgery. It is common to experience swelling in the region of the surgery but this usually subsides within a few days, and a return to work is possible after two to three weeks.
A neck lift can take between one and a half to three hours to complete depending on what approach is used and how much work is required.
Most patients can return to work within a week to ten days after the procedure, in some cases sooner for those who are not bothered by residual swelling.
You can resume aerobic activity within ten to fourteen days following the procedure and for more strenuous activities within three to four weeks.
Though the incisions made for the surgery will result in scars, they are generally well-hidden because they are mainly located behind the ear and at times below the chin.
As with all surgery, there are potential risks associated with a necklift. There is a possible risk of damaging the nerve that controls movement of the mouth area. However, knowledge of where this nerve runs certainly reduces the chances of this complication. Some individuals may experience temporary numbness around the ear because of the swelling near the sensory nerve in this area, however, permanent numbness is extremely rare.