Platysmaplasty, also known as a neck lift, is a cosmetic surgery procedure that reduces the appearance of loose or sagging skin in the neck area and beneath the jaw.
Patients may choose platysmaplasty for a variety of reasons - to remove loose skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles in their neck that may be caused by ageing, substantial weight loss or other loss of skin elasticity caused by factors such as sun damage or genetics.
Platysmaplasty treatments are suitable for people who are worried about the appearance of their necks and feel that the excess skin is negatively impacting their self-confidence.
Because it is widely held that the neck reveals the signs of ageing more than the face, many patients combine their platysmaplasty with a face lift.
Platysmaplasty procedures are carried out under general anaesthetic, and take approximately two hours to complete. Patients who undergo platysmaplasty treatments need to stay overnight at the hospital.
Consultation and aftercare for platysmaplasty treatments
Recovery time for platysmaplasty treatments varies depending on the individual patient. However, it is advised that patients wear the dressing supplied for two weeks following their treatment, which must be kept dry.
Patients should expect some bruising and soreness around the neck following platysmaplasty. The healing time for incisions can be up to one year, but these incisions - in the hairline and around the ears - are designed to be discreet.
To make sure that platysmaplasty is the best and most suitable choice for the patient, surgeons recommend a consultation to have the procedure explained in detail. This can also help identify risks or recommend alternative or supplementary treatments.