Excess fat, sagging skin and other signs of aging in the jawline and neck gives an old looking appearance. Neck lift surgery or platysmaplasty (as referred in medical literature) removes these excessive skin and fat around jaw line to provide a more youthful and defined look. The result of the surgery is permanent but it cannot stop aging process for the rest of life.
Signs of aging around the neck region appears as a result of weight loss or gain, effects of aging, gravity or genetic reasons. Neck lift surgery addresses and fixes the unaesthetic look around jawline and neck. This aesthetic procedure is preferred by men and women. This article will give a detailed account of neck surgery and the aesthetic technology in Turkey.
Detailed Account of Neck Lift
In platysmaplasty, the entire neck skin, subcutaneous fat and muscle tissues are stretched and excess tissues are extracted. The ultimate aim is to remove wrinkles and correct sagging and loosening in the neck region. This procedure can be performed in combination with face lift, blepharoplasty, facial fat injection, botox and filler treatments. In combined treatment, the result will be much more satisfying.
The complaint of potential candidates for platysmaplasty are generally as follows:
· Excess fat below the chin and neck
· Laxity or looseness of the jowl area and neck
· Wrinkling of the skin on neck area
· Muscle banding and abnormal contours due to aging
Some people might not be disturbed by the sagging skin on neck area as they might think that upper face is still looking better. But many patients are aware of the impact of “turkey wattle” or excess wrinkling of the neck skin on their look. In such cases where the neck area doesn’t match with upper face in terms of firmness of skin, neck lift is an ideal solution.
In conjunction with neck lift, other procedures performed can be performed such as brow lift, to address the sagging or deeply furrowed brow; fat transfer, to give volume to lips and cheeks and erase wrinkles or eyelid surgery to give a more youthful look on aging eyes.
The medical cases in neck lift can be classified at three levels. In the very mildest case, fatty excess tissues are prevalent under neck but they still have firmness and good elasticity. In such cases, “suction neck lift”, which entails only liposuction, may be preferred.
In mild cases, there is moderate skin elasticity with “banding” of the muscles and tissue on neck area. In such cases platysmaplasty, which refers to stretching neck muscles, in combination or without liposuction can be appropriate.
In severe cases, there is significantly drooping skin under neck. Such cases are treated with neck lift procedure in combination with facelift. The drooping skin and tissue are stretched and tightened. Excess skin is trimmed to give a more defined neckline.
All these different techniques in neck lift surgery aim at creating a more accentuated jaw and neck line to restore youthful appearance.
Ideal Candidate for Neck Lift Surgery
Under the effects of various factors such as hereditary factors, gravity, smoking, weight gain and loss, age and stress; the healthy and young appearance of neck can go away over time. As a result, the skin droops over neck area, loses elasticity and wrinkles appear. Ideal candidate should have gone through these undesired scenarios. If he or she complains from aesthetic problems around neck area for no apparent reason, this wouldn’t be a good case for neck lift surgery. People who enjoy healthy lifestyles and aim at reasonable and realistic goals by having neck lift surgery will be happiest ones with their results.
Patients who experience major sagging of the skin in the neck area and have “turkey neck” image as a result should consult with aesthetic surgeon. Otherwise they would continue to experience low self-esteem and live in anxiety.
Preparation For Neck Lift Surgery
As required before any surgery, a comprehensive physical examination by the surgeon is conducted in neck lift surgery. The surgical procedure will be explained to the person in detail way by the physician. In addition, patients should inform their doctor about their past and ongoing diseases, the previous surgeries, and the ongoing medications.
People who use aspirin blood thinners and similar drugs should discontinue these drugs for a certain period of time before surgery These drug include but not limited to warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven), heparin and aspirin and other medications such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others). Doctor will control use of these medications in order to avoid problems such as bleeding during and after the surgery.
As in any operation that requires anesthesia, patient should stop eating at least 6 hours before the operation. The doctor will tell the patient when to start eating after the surgery.
In neck lift surgeries, the age limit won’t be a factor as long as the person does not have any health problems to prevent from having the surgery.
Smoking and drinking should be discontinued before and after the surgery. Use of tobacco will hamper blood blow and thus slows down the recovery. Drinking has also damaging effects on healing process.
Arrange for a drive home after your surgery and for someone to accompany and stay with you the first night after your procedure.
Before going to operation room for a neck lift, your doctor will consult with you to assess your health and to discuss your surgical goals and expectations. Your doctor will then make decision on the surgical method that works best for you. He or she might suggest accompanying procedures — such as a brow lift, eyelid surgery or skin resurfacing — that might ensure to give the best results to you.
Your face and neck will be examined and measured, and photographs might be taken so that you can compare and contrast your appearance before and after surgery.
Neck Lift Surgery Procedure
The procedure is conducted in the operating room under general anesthesia for 3-5 hours on average. Neck lift surgery begins with incisions starting from the front of and behind the ear, and then moving into the scalp or incisions made only under the chin. Drooping and reticulated structures and muscle tissue under the skin and on the muscle tissue are also stretched and tightened by intervening. The skin is made firm again by the removal of excess fat and tissue. In this way, a certain degree of firmness is created not only in the neck but also in the face area. In order to avoid blood accumulation in the surgical field, plastic pipes called as tiny drains are inserted.
The neck area can also appear sagging and drooping due to excessive lubrication of the jowl. A liposuction procedure conducted on the jowl area at a young age will lead to desired changes in the appearance of the neck area.
A neck lift can be done with sedation and local anesthesia, depending on the extent of the procedure or patient’s desired look.
Liposuction is the most commonly used procedure. The surgeon will reach and vacuum out the excessive fat through a tiny incision behind each ear and under the chin. Specialized equipment is used to vacuum out fat from the jaw line and beneath the chin. If your skin looks firm and tight but the only reason for your dissatisfaction with your neck's appearance is fullness due to fat, liposuction can give you an ideal neck.
Liposuction, however, won't fix other structural problems that contribute to your neck's appearance. Your doctor will have a discussion with you for the type of surgery that will give best results for you, depending on several factors, including your desired outcome, cost and the factors causing your dissatisfaction with your neck.
Neck Lift in Turkey
Turkey enjoys being among the top health tourism destinations for aesthetic surgeries including neck lift. Doctors in Turkey receive a strict and disciplined education to become experts in this field. Even during their training period as a practitioner, they get the chance to treat patients from abroad. Turkey has also good reputation for high-tech clinics which use up-to-date techniques and even contribute to the advancement in aesthetic technology.
While the clinic services in Turkey are prime quality, the prices are much affordable than many other countries in the world. Neck lift surgery is no exception for treatments offered in Turkish clinics. Due to affordable living standards, undervalued currency with regard to other currencies and government subsidies in medical sector, Turkish clinics provide neck lift surgery at favorable prices. Furthermore, Turkish clinics offer all-inclusive treatment packages that consists of accommodation, flights, transfer, treatment, post-surgery care and translation.