09 July 2012

There has reportedly been an increase in the number of patients opting for neck lifts that do not require them to have work done on the rest of their face. The Philadelphia Inquirer notes that in the past, it was rare for cosmetic surgeons to treat the neck area alone, meaning those who wished to have this part of their body tightened would need an entire face lift.However, this began to change after plastic surgeon Joel Feldman who practises in Cambridge, Massachusetts published the results of his investigation into a corset platysmaplasty. In this procedure, a small incision is made under the chin to tighten the muscles in the neck and alter the shape of the jaw line. Alan Matarasso, a surgeon in New York and spokesman for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, claimed half of the lifts he does every year are now solely on the neck. Neck skin is physiologically different from facial skin. It has less of a certain cell type that results in more rapid ageing. When patients come in 15 years after a face lift and want something done, it is usually their necks, he added. Often, it is older individuals attempting to appear more youthful that opt for the surgery.