Neck lift is best achieved as part of a face lift. However, some patients may need direct surgery on the neck to remove and tighten the neck and not just lifting Individuals with very full necks, extreme excess of neck skin or drooping bands of muscle may require platysmaplasty, cervicoplasty or liposuction directly on the neck instead of or in conjunction with face-neck lift.
- Liposuction is primarily used for younger individuals with a fatty or “double chin” but is commonly done as part of a face lift. A tiny incision is made under the chin and the fat is removed with suction.
- The neck has paired thin straps of muscle that have no known function in humans. These muscles will slowly drop with aging and show as 1 or 2 distinct bands under the chin and on the neck “turkey gobbler”.
- As an alternative to lifting the muscle as part of a face lift, the muscles can be sewn together in the midline under the chin and. This is done through an incision in the natural crease under the chin.
- Cervicoplasty is exclusively used for men who do not want a face lift or who have extreme fullness and excess skin and muscle.
- This surgery requires an incision under the chin and neck that leaves a scar that is not hidden in natural creases, but can be hidden a beard or stubble. The excess skin is directly removed and the muscle are sewn together as in a platysmaplasyty. Fat is also removed.