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Neck Lift - Platysmaplasty - Frequently Asked Questions




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  • What is a neck lift?

The neck lift is also known as submentoplasty (mini neck lift) or a platysmaplasty (full neck lift).  This procedure lifts and rejuvenates a sagging and/or full neck and jaw line.




  • What does a submentoplasty or mini neck lift entail?

Via a small incision under the chin excess fat is removed, muscles tightened, and soft tissue sculpted to improve neck contour.




  • Who are the best candidates for a neck lift?

The best candidates for neck lifts include physically healthy men and women who have realistic expectations and are looking to improve the appearance of a fleshy neck, jowls, neck banding or a 'turkey waddle'.




  • Who is the best candidate for mini neck lift or (submentoplasty)?

The best candidates for submentoplasty are healthy men or women who have good underlying bony features with no jowls.  The procedure is ideal for patients who do not want to undergo a neck lift but would like to improve the appearance of the neck.  A mini-neck lift or a limited incision neck lift is an excellent procedure for those whose aging is primarily isolated to the neck and have relatively good skin tone.




  • What type of anesthesia is used for a neck lift?

Most neck lifts involve deep sedation - twilight anesthesia or general anesthesia. A straight local anesthesia can be used if a direct neck lift is being performed in the office setting.




  • How long does the neck lift take to perform?

Neck lift surgery can take between one and a half to three hours to complete depending on what approach is being used and how much work is being done.




  • How painful is a neck lift procedure?

Patients may experience some discomfort which is well controlled with oral prescription narcotic medication.




  • Will the scars be noticeable?

All of the incisions are placed in strategic areas so that they are camouflaged and not noticeable.  The incisions made for different neck lift procedures do result in scars, though they tend to be well concealed. Small incisions are made under the chin for neck liposuction and submentoplasty, while the incision for the neck lift is camouflaged within the hairline and inside of the ear for women or in front of the ear for men.




  • Why is smoking so bad for neck lift surgery?

Smoking reduces the blood flow and the oxygen to the surgical site which can delay healing after surgery - including scarring. 

Smoking and Cosmetic Surgery




  • What are the exercise limitations during recovery from a neck lift?

Walking after surgery should be okay within a couple of days as long as the patient does not increase their heart rate.  More strenuous activities and exercise should be avoided for at least three weeks.




  • What is the recovery like after a neck lift?

After a neck lift, some bruising and swelling is to be expected and it can several weeks to fade. It's best to keep the head elevated as much as possible at first to help control swelling.  If some numbness occurs during recovery, this will typically go away within a few weeks following the neck lift procedure. 




  • When are the stitches removed after a neck lift?

Sutures are removed anywhere from five to seven days after the neck lift procedure.





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