Platysmaplasty, Cervicoplasty or Lower Rhytidectomy
Neck Lift is also known platysmaplasty, cervicoplasty or lower rhytidectomy is a surgical procedure which removes localized fat deposits under the chin, corrects muscle laxity, or tightens sagging skin under the chin.
This procedure is often performed in conjunction with liposuction, a facelift, or a cheek lift but may also be done as a stand-alone procedure.
When to consider a Neck Lift:
The procedure can be done under general anesthesia. If you will have this surgery under general anesthesia, you will be instructed to have no food atleast 8 hours prior to this any surgery, this includes any sweet like chewing gum. If there is no fasting instructions given, you must not consume any food or drink from midnight before your scheduled surgery. Clients who do not comply with this requirement risk having their surgery delayed or risk being denied surgery.
DO NOT take any Aspirin and NSAIDS drugs for at least 2 weeks prior to surgery. (Aspirin may be re commenced after 48hrs post op.) If you take Aspirin or any other form of blood thinning medication for a medical condition, please discuss this with Dr. Thanakom.
Smoking must be stopped atleast 3-4 weeks. If you cannot quit, cut back as much as possible. Smoking constrict the blood vessels, which can delay wound healing. While drinking alcohol must be stopped at least a day or two prior to surgery.
The procedure usually takes 1-2 hours and you are required to stay in hospital overnight.
Do not wear contact lenses, makeup, nail polish, jewelry, including any body piercings, hair accessories containing metal (such as barrettes or clips with metal springs, etc.) on the day of your surgery.
After neck lift surgery you will experience some bruising and swelling, which should usually diminish within 14 days. You may also experience feelings of burning, tightness, pulling and numbness. This is normal in the first few weeks and should resolve naturally.
Dr Thanakom may also recommend you to wear a medical compression bandage to help reduce post-operative swelling. This is usually worn night and day for at least five to seven days and then only at night for a longer period of time. It’s important to follow instructions to ensure proper recovery.
Recovery from a neck lift takes time, and it’s important that you’re patient with the process. Most people can return to work in seven to 14 days. If you participate in sports or are physically active, you will have to wait at least three weeks to resume those activities. The recovery period will be longer for patients who combine neck lift surgery with other procedures, such as face lift or brow lift.
Oral pain medications and an antibiotic will be administered to reduce pain and fight infection. Severe pain or abnormal symptoms should be reported to the doctor immediately.