Also Known as Platysmaplsty
One of the first places where signs of facial aging become noticeable is the neck. The skin beneath the chin and jawline can become loose, and unattractive bands of excess skin can develop over time. The attractive angle between the jawline and the neck can become blunted and a “double chin” can develop. A necklift, or platysmaplasty, can reverse these bothersome changes by tightening the skin and the underlying muscles of the neck, if needed.
Following intravenous sedation or general anesthesia, Dr. Behar will carefully make a small incision under the chin. Liposuction can also be performed if excess fat is present. The soft tissue (platysma muscle) beneath the skin can be tightened to support the structures of the neck and create an internal sling that will rejuvenate the neck and recreate the attractive angle between the jawline and neck. If warranted, small incisions can be hidden around the earlobes that will provide access to further tighten the tissue and enhance the jawline further. What required a full facelift/necklift to accomplish previously can sometimes now be successfully achieved through an easier, safer, less expensive, and quicker procedure. Dr. Behar offers this as well as many other short-scar alternatives for facial rejuvenation at his two convenient Nashville area locations of Cool Springs/Franklin and Smyrna. These procedures limit your downtime, yet provide exciting opportunities for looking as young as you feel.
Since necklift surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis (which means you will be released a few hours after surgery) you should arrange to have someone pick you up from the surgery facility and stay with you for at least 24 hours following your procedure. You will sense tightness and soreness in your neck. Medications will be available to help with discomfort. Swelling and bruising will result from surgery but should improve within a week or two. You may also experience numbness around the incision, a change in how your face moves, tightness, tingling, and sporadic sharp pains. These effects are common and will subside within the first few weeks. Because it is better to have your head elevated while sleeping, some patients opt to sleep in a recliner for a few days following surgery. Until you are healed, you should refrain from bending over or lifting heavy objects, and avoid alcohol and aspirin/ibuprofen/naproxen. Walking a few times a day is advised to improve circulation and to help prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
During your initial necklift consultation in the either of his offices, Dr. Behar will listen to your concerns and expectations regarding neck lift surgery. He will also review your medical history to determine if you are an ideal candidate, and he will explain the procedural steps to ensure you are comfortable with the process. Sometimes a neck lift procedure is performed along with a facelift to achieve the best results. Dr. Behar will help you determine which procedures are best for you. To schedule a consultation please, call us, email us, or fill out our contact form.