You may pay close attention to the fine lines around your eyes or the creasing above your lips, but your neck can actually be the first area where your age is revealed. Loosening and sagging of the skin where the jaw and neck meet may become apparent as you grow older, and more pronounced sagging skin may be evident if the band in the neck called platysma muscle weakens. A cosmetic surgery procedure known as a neck lift can help bring back a younger, more rejuvenated appearance, and we can help you decide if this option is right for you here at Boulder Plastic Surgery.
Neck lift surgery (platysmaplasty) or other neck contouring procedures are often used to help revitalize one’s neck and surrounding skin after it has been affected by aging and sun damage. The best candidates for a neck lift are those in their forties and fifties when the neck skin becomes loose and less smooth.
At Boulder Plastic Surgery our professional, board certified surgeons will use this procedure to remove excess sagging skin on your neck and under the jawline. The platysma muscle also may need to be tightened if it has weakened with age. Fatty tissue also may be contoured or removed.
The surgery process starts with a consultation with your surgeon, who will assess the quality of your skin and the muscle tone of your neck, as well as evaluating any loose skin and excess fat in the area. There are many different techniques your surgeon may employ during the procedure itself, depending on your unique condition and desired results. A neck lift with “skin only” incisions are made behind or under the ear, and then the skin is loosened and redraped before excess skin is removed. During a platysmaplasty, a small incision is also made under the chin, and a portion of the platysma muscle may be removed, with the remaining muscle being rearranged and tightened. Your surgeon may use tissue glue or sutures to close up the incisions, and a pressure dressing will be wrapped from your chin to the top of your head. Most neck lift surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis.
Schedule a consultation at Boulder Plastic Surgery today. Our highly skilled surgeons will be happy to provide you with more information regarding neck lift surgery and to help you decide whether or not it’s right for you. Our professional, caring staff aims for your optimal wellness and the most satisfying outcomes.