One of the first locations that show signs of aging on the body is the neck. Your skin may begin to sag and wrinkle. Extra folds of skin create the appearance of a “double chin” or “bands” under the jawline. Fortunately, the youthful appearance of your neck can be restored with a platsymaplasty, or neck lift.
With a neck lift procedure, Dr. Philip Miller is able to diminish the toll that time and gravity have taken on the neck. Often, patients may undergo neck lift surgery in conjunction with a facelift for a comprehensive rejuvenation of the head region.
The Neck Lift Surgery
During this surgery general anesthesia is administered for the removal and tightening of the excess skin, muscles, and tissues. Fat may also be removed. When a neck lift is performed on its own there are different options for techniques that can be used. Liposuction may be used to remove excess fat with the use of a narrow tube called a cannula. The cannula dislodges fat and removes it through a small incision below the chin. Once the extra volume is gone, skin can be excised and tightened. This tightening is also done in many instances where liposuction has not occurred to address skin that has begun to sag as a result of time. Incisions are placed under the chin and/or behind the ears and gently pulled back.
Bandages are applied at the end of the neck lift. An elastic garment may be recommended to be worn for a period of time. Dressing and drainage tubes placed during surgery may be removed within 1 to 2 days. Sutures are removed within 5 to 10 days.
What to Expect During Recovery
After surgery, mild pain or discomfort may be felt. This can be controlled with medication prescribed to you by the surgeon. You will notice some swelling and bruising, which can be minimized with cold compresses. Keeping the head elevated will also limit swelling. Most people return to work in about two weeks. Strenuous activity should be avoided during the healing process.
Settle for Nothing But the Best
Dr. Philip Miller and his team of skin experts provide custom cosmetic treatment plans that include a combination of minimally-invasive techniques and advanced procedures to help each patient achieve the Aesthetic Confidence™ they desire. Our unique NatraFace™ approach to facial rejuvenation includes the following effective procedures:
Dr. Miller and Kaylyn Plum, PA-C provide patients with the customized care and treatment for smooth, supple skin that brightens the eyes and revitalizes the face. With our NatraFace™ approach, we utilize a combination of effective aesthetic techniques tailored to suit each patient’s needs.
Dr. Miller and his staff of aesthetic specialists offer the NatraNose™ process, which is a comprehensive range of minimally-invasive and advanced techniques to achieve natural-looking results, improve nasal function, and meet the patient’s aesthetic goals.
Widely acclaimed for our broad range of flawless skincare solutions, Philip J. Miller, MD, FACS and his team of aesthetic specialists offer customized skincare treatment plans to achieve healthy, natural-looking results. As part of our NatraLook™ process, the following procedures may be performed individually or in combination with more advanced surgical treatments for optimal rejuvenation.
The Plastic Surgery Podcast with Dr. Philip Miller
Tune into The Plastic Surgery Podcast, hosted by facial plastic surgeon Dr. Philip Miller. Dr. Miller is here to answer your questions, de-mystify plastic surgery, and help you feel more knowledgeable and empowered about any procedure performed at our center.
The Plastic Surgery Podcast
Episode 36: Do You Have to Break the Nose for Rhinoplasty?
Episode 36: Do You Have to Break the Nose for Rhinoplasty?2 min
Episode 35: Do You Have to Stay Overnight After Having a Rhinoplasty?2 min
Episode 34: Don't Have a Rhinoplasty!2 min
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