Neck lift (Platysmaplasty) is a cosmetic surgical procedure for removing loose sagging skin from the neck. Neck lift cosmetic surgery can be carried out as a stand-alone procedure or combined with facelift. Often, people who undergo facelifts feel some disorientation with the sagging muscles of the neck. Ideally, both the procedures must be carried out in a one go so that the result is perfect and youthful skin.
When you visit our hospital our specialists first examine your neck in relation to face, cheeks and nose. Patients are advised to discontinue the use of blood thinning drugs such as aspirin several weeks prior to the surgery so that the risk of excessive bleeding can be minimized. During the neck lift surgery in Ahmedabad, incisions are made under the chin or behind the ears depending on the level of excess fat present in the neck. A tiny instrument is then used to either realign the neck muscles or remove a portion of the muscles that results in tightened middle area of the neck. The skin is then stitched and a bandage is applied across the chin. Sometimes an elastic bandage is used which is wrapped around the neck and head ensuring good recovery process.
Usually, it takes a time of two to three hours for carrying out the surgery. If this procedure is combined with facelift surgery then it might take more time to complete the procedure. You can feel numbness on the area where neck lift surgery has been carried out for a couple of days after the procedure. You can return to normal activity within a week of undergoing this procedure. You are advised to avoid strenuous exercises and carrying heavy weights for some time.
Neck lifting is done under the administered anesthesia. The regional anesthesia is required for the surgery. Incisions are made in front of the earlobe and loops under and behind the neck. If the platysma muscles is also be tighten then there need one more incisions under the chin. The surgery may involve a small incision under the hairline behind the neck depending on the techniques used by the surgeons. The excess skin is removed away from the neck and the tissues are repositioned during the surgery. All the incisions are closed and bandaged.
Risks and complications in the surgery include unfavorable scaring, excessive bleeding or hematoma, death of tissue, blood clots, changes in sensations or intense itching, skin discoloration, persistence edema(swelling), skin counter irregularities, recurrent looseness of skin, and need for additional surgery.
Most patients can return to their non strenuous work after 5-10 days. However, for the first several weeks after the surgery, you should avoid bending over, lifting heavy objects and even turning from side to side. These guidelines can vary from person to person depending on person’s health, techniques used and other variable factors.
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