At Lynch Plastic Surgery, we provide a number of options to enhance the appearance of your neck. They range from very minimal in-office treatments with no down time, to more complete surgical procedures requiring anesthesia and time off for recovery. Aging of the neck is usually a combination of loose skin and muscle and some excess fat. To decide what is best for you, start by calling our office to schedule your complimentary consultation.
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The vertical bands that extend from under the chin to the base of the neck are caused by the neck muscle called the platysma. Botox can be injected into the muscle to temporarily reduce the appearance of these bands. This is a simple in office procedure that requires no anesthesia and allows you to get right back to your normal activities.
During liposuction, Dr. Sheilah Lynch will make a small incision below your chin, and behind each earlobe. A small canula the excess fat will be removed. This procedure is often done alone are may be performed as part of a neck lift or facelift. If this is the only procedure you’ll need, you should plan to spend approximately an hour undergoing the operation. Your incisions will be stitched and bandaged. This procedure requires an anesthetic and you should allow five to ten days for recovery. It’s very important to follow the instructions given to you on properly caring for any stitches and bandages in the days following surgery.
Sometimes called a cervicoplasty or neck lift with platysmaplasty, the procedure will last two to three hours. Of course, if you are having a neck lift in conjunction with liposuction, facelift, forehead lift, or other surgeries, the time will vary accordingly. Your exact procedure will depend on your desired results and your own personal circumstances. In order to undergo a neck lift, you must be in good general health, both physically and mentally.
Dr. Lynch will make a small incision under your chin and possibly in front of and/or behind your ears. These incisions allow access to the platysma (neck muscle) and any fat in the neck. The neck muscles can then be tightened and any excess fat removed. Dr. Lynch may choose to remove the fat with liposuction or by cutting it out. The incisions near the ears also allow for removal of some excess skin.
Once the muscle has been tightened and any excess fat removed the skin is re-draped over the neck. Any excess skin is removed and the incisions are closed with sutures. Dr. Lynch will let you know if the sutures will need to be removed or if they will dissolve on their own. It is possible you may have a drain under the skin on the neck to collect any fluid that would increase your post op swelling and discomfort. If you have a drain it might remain in place only a day or two. You would be instructed on how to care for the drain if it needs to stay in for a longer period of time.
You will leave with a compression bandage that you will have to wear to help reduce post-operative swelling. This is usually worn night and day for at least five to seven days and then only at night for a longer period of time. It’s important to follow instructions to ensure proper recovery.