As we get older, our skin begins to lose its elasticity and becomes generally saggy. Unfortunately, one of the first areas we see this change is our neck. Our face and neck area sees the signs of ageing long before the eyes in many cases, and droop neck skin is not only noticeable, but notoriously hard to improve without surgery. If your skincare is no longer holding back the hands of time, and your neck skin is becoming increasingly more delicate, sagging or wrinkled, you might find necklift surgery is the best option for you.
The muscles in the neck gradually loosen, which in turn leads to the slack skin and sagging look otherwise known as ‘the turkey neck’. It’s not uncommon, but it’s hardly a desirable look either. A necklift can reverse these complaints and is frequently performed in combination with other facial rejuvenation surgery, including a facelift.
The necklift – also called a platysmaplasty – is designed to tighten loose and drooping skin on and around the neck, whilst removing fatty deposits from the neck, jaw area and jowls too. As a general rule, neck lifts are more suited to those aged 45 and over, whose platysmal muscles have started to weaken, however, sometimes younger people develop fatty and sagging tissues in the jowls due to genetics, so it’s worth booking a consultation to find out if a necklift can help you.
During a necklift procedure an incision will be made on either side of the face; from just in front of the ear and will run through the hairline. The muscles are assessed before being tightened where necessary. Any unwanted fat from the chin and jaw is removed and excess skin is cut away. The result is a tightened, smooth, wrinkle-free and youthful looking neck and jowls.
Modern surgical techniques are better than ever, and allow Mr. Ahmed to perform necklift surgery using exceptionally small incisions. These are often placed discreetly behind the ears and under the chin. Through these incisions, surplus fat is either removed via liposuction or during surgical excision. This all helps to create a more defined, toned appearance to the neck and unlike with older surgical technology means trauma to the face and neck should be minimal.
You can usually return to work 2-3 weeks after neck lift surgery, but it’s important to let yourself recover. Any pain can be managed with paracetamol and you should expect some swelling and bruising. Since the incisions are made behind the ears, with necklift surgery the scarring is usually kept to a minimum.
The effects of a necklift are long-lasting. Of course, as with any form of facial rejuvenation surgery, you will continue to age, but this form of surgery will help you maintain a more youthful appearance to the area for longer than if you didn’t have a necklift. The skin is tightened, giving you a more defined neckline and, because the skin is stretched to be more firm, wrinkles can be smoothed out to some extent.
As with all cosmetic surgery, there are some risks and side-effects associated with a necklift. Aside from bleeding and swelling, you may experience some initial tightness to the neck skin, which may or may not subside over time. Numbness to the treated area is also sometimes reported, however in most cases this gradually decreases and returns to normal.
A full consultation with Mr. Ahmed would be needed to measure the skin’s elasticity, and work out which course of treatment is most suitable. In some cases a combination of rejuvenation treatments will be suggested to get the most satisfactory result possible.