Skin and tissue laxity in the neck is a common part of the aging process, although people nowadays no longer have to endure this aesthetic problem with the introduction of a plastic surgery procedure called neck lift which can treat the excess, loose skin and “bands” caused by the bulging fats.
For younger patients whose usual problem is the neck “band,” liposuction may be effective as a standalone procedure in neck lift surgery. this is performed by inserting a cannula, a very thin suctioning probe, to an incision made under the chin to remove the excess fats in the neck and jaw line.
According to plastic surgeons, younger individuals usually have a more elastic skin than older patients, which means that their skin can easily shrink and tighten on its own without any problem after the fatty deposits have been removed.
But for older individuals or those 50 years and above, neck lift is usually performed using an excision technique which may be combined with liposuction. this is because their main problems are the loose, hanging skin and weakened muscle which can only be corrected with the use of incisions.
In this plastic surgery approach, doctors create two discreet incisions under or behind the ears in order to manipulate and remove the excess skin that is causing the sagginess, and another one that is placed under the chin that will allow them to reduce or reshape the weakened muscles.
But instead of creating three incisions, some plastic surgeons prefer to use internal sutures that can support the neck tissue and tighten the sagging skin.
After the necessary alterations are completed, doctors will close the incision sites using tissue glue or sutures and then wrap a pressure dressing around the top of the head to the chin that will support the new contour during the recovery.
As with any plastic surgery, neck lift is associated with certain risks and complications particularly on patients with serious health issues such poor healing, diabetes, and heart problems. with this consideration, patients will undergo physical examinations and interviews that will determine their health status and overall candidacy for this procedure.
Aside from being physically fit, plastic surgeons also require their patients to perform certain procedures several weeks before the operation; these may include quitting smoking to promote better healing ability, avoiding herbal supplements and medications that contain ibuprofen and aspirin that can increase bleeding, and preparing all the things needed during their recovery.
Cosmetic Surgery Blogger @ January 4, 2012