Platysmaplasty. Wattle away.

Posted on November 10th, 2010 by The LookinGood Team

Double chinPlatysmaplasty (neck lift): A surgical procedure to remove loose, baggy skin in the neck area and tighten the neck muscle

People seeking to remedy the effects of aging such as a fleshy neck, jowls or turkey wattle can consider two types of neck lifts: Cervicoplasty — or a skin-only procedure — and Platysmaplasty, during which skin is removed and the neck muscle, or platysma, is removed or altered. The procedure can be done on its own or in conjunction with a face lift (rhytidectomy). During platysmaplasty surgery, incisions are made under the chin and/or behind the ears to access the neck muscle (platysma) and manipulate or remove it. Permanent stitches may be used to hold the tissue in place. In some cases, the surgeon may be able to make smaller incisions and use an endoscope for a less invasive procedure. This is a newer option and may not always be available.

This surgery takes two to three hours, possibly longer if other procedures are done at the same time. Most people can return to work or regular activities in 10-14 days, and to sports or other excessive physical activity in three weeks. The incision will be bandaged and your head and neck will be fitted with a compression garment for several days after the surgery to hold the sutures in place, but also to improve circulation, minimize swelling and promote healing. Swelling and bruising of the lower face and neck will last several days after surgery, and sensations of burning, tingling and numbness are typical for several weeks post-op. You will also have to avoid turning your head and stretching your neck for awhile. Costs for this type of neck lift range from $3,000 to $8,000, but can go significantly higher when combined with other procedures. The results of the surgery are reported to last 5-10 years, having about the same duration as a face lift.

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