Most neck lift patients are in their 30s or older. Patients may opt for neck lift surgeries at any point in their lives, with some patients being in their 70s. Patients must be in good general health, but most people who want a neck lift will be able to have the surgery.
The skin-only neck lift is done by making a small incision just beneath or behind both of the ears. The surgeon will then pull the skin tight, then trim off any extra skin. This eliminates drooping, sagging, and wrinkling, leaving the neck skin newly tight and firm.
The platysmaplasty neck lift corrects not only the skin but also the muscles beneath it. The surgeon will create small incisions both in the lower ear area and underneath the chin. These specially placed incisions allow the plastic surgeon to remove excess fat and place tiny sutures in the muscles of the neck. After that, the neck lift will follow the same procedure as a skin-only neck lift, removing the excess skin.
Other plastic surgery procedures are often done at the same time as a neck lift. For example, people who have visible signs of aging on the face and the neck might have a facelift and a neck lift at the same time. This allows for a uniformly younger look.
A neck lift is normally done under either local anesthesia combined with light sedation or under general anesthesia. Patients will not feel pain during the procedure because the area will be completely numbed.
While nothing can stop time, the neck lift results should last for years in most patients. However, skin will eventually begin to loosen and sag again, but it will do so very gradually.
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