Who is a candidate?
A Neck Lift (Lower Rhytidectomy) is a surgical procedure which aims to reduce the signs of ageing and weight loss in the neck and lower jawline region. The neck and jaw line are shaped by a sheet of muscle called platysma.The platysma extends into the muscle and skin of the lower face and contributes to facial expressions such as smiling. The platysma tends to slacken with age until the jaw line is no longer clearly defined from the neck. The Neck Lift procedure may involve tightening the skin, removing excess fat, reducing a ‘double chin’ or ‘turkey gobbler’ neck, reducing jowls, and defining the jawline. If you have the appearance of excess skin below the jawline on your neck, or fatty deposits under the chin, a neck lift may be of benefit.
What is involved in the operation?
A range of procedures are available in performing a neck lift, and your plastic surgeon will recommend the best technique required for your desired outcome. The technique of the procedure will determine the site and degree of the excision, which where possible will be made in the skin’s natural folds so that scarring will be less noticeable. Skin and fat may be removed, muscles may be tightened or fixed to encourage a smooth and tighter appearance of the neck, which is generally performed as a day case under general anaesthetic.
What can you expect after the operation?
A pressure garment is usually worn after the surgery for compression. We advise that you avoid straining for the first 48 hours, and limit strenuous activity for the first week, and avoid any heavy lifting for three weeks following your surgery, following this time normal activities can be gradually resumed, and most patients will feel well enough to return to work within two weeks. Complete healing and recovery however may take a few months.
Modern surgery is safe. There is, however, no such thing as “risk free” surgery. The important things are to understand potential risks, minimise their occurrence, and treat them early to avoid small issues becoming more severe.