The cervical lifting, neck lift or platysmaplasty (named for the plastysma muscles which run along the front of the neck) is a surgical procedure performed in the neck zone from the edge of the jaw to the Adam´s apple to improve and sharpen the contour of the jaw line.
Cervical lifting tightens the skin and the underlying muscles to lift the neck as well as improve and sharpen the contour of the jaw line.
Due to aging there is a drooping of the skin of the neck, this is sometimes associated with an increase in the layer of fat (double chin) and a loss in the tone of the muscle that supports it: the Platysma muscle.
This muscle extends like a fan from the edge of the jaw to the collar bone, and in its central section (under the chin) it can be joined or separate.
When it is separate, with aging, it is frequent that a vertical band forms and affects the neck and the muscle must be closed. The other characteristic of aging of the neck is the reduction of the angle that exists below the jaw.
A neck lift procedure includes the following steps:
Step 1 - Anesthesia
Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.
Step 2 - The incision
Depending on the degree of change you'd like to see, your neck lift choices include a traditional neck lift incision or a limited incision neck lift.
A traditional neck lift incision often begins in the hairline at the level of the sideburn, continues down and around the ear and ends in the posterior hair. A separate incision under the chin is often necessary for liposuction of this area and for repair of the muscle. Sutures or skin adhesives close the incisions.
A limited incision neck lift may involve incisions only around the ear. While the incisions are shorter, the results may be more limited.
Step 3 - Closing the incisions
Incision lines are closed with sutures and perhaps skin glue. Sutures may be dissolving, or may need to be removed after a few days. Once healed, the incision lines from a neck lift are usually well concealed within the hairline and in the natural contours of the ear.
Step 4 - See the results
The visible improvements of a neck lift appear as swelling and bruising subside. Your final neck lift result should not only restore a more youthful and rested appearance, but also help you feel more confident about yourself.