Neck Lift Surgery
Neck Lift Surgery in Cyprus, Greece and Malta
An aging neckline can be a big concern for both men and women. Numerous factors such as gravity, weight fluctuations, sun exposure and aging are causing the jowls and neck structure to lose their tightness and youthful shape.
Dr. Stavrou performs neck lift surgery in Cyprus, Greece and Malta for males and females who wish to tighten loose neck skin, remove excess fat and improve their jawline and skin in the delicate neck area.
What is a Neck Lift?
The neck lift (also called a lower rhytidectomy), is a cosmetic surgery that can effectively and safely restore a more youthful contour of the lower face and neck.
The plastic surgeon modifies the underlying muscles (platysma), redrapes the skin and removes any excess fat and skin in order to restore the neck contour and create a youthful, natural-looking neck.
It differs from a full facelift in that it focuses on treating the lower third of the face and the entire neck. Moreover, a neck lift does not address the cheeks. Deep creases below the cheeks Deep nasolabial folds and cheeks that need elevation can be addressed by a deep plane facelift.
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Who is a Good Candidate for a Neck Lift?
- Individuals who want to restore smooth, well-defined jowls and neck since theirs have developed crepe-like skin and have lost their sharpness, resulting in a “Turkey Neck”.
- Individuals whose neck might have accumulated excess fat and they have formed a “Double Chin”. This can also be caused by genetics. Anyone with a family history of skin with little elasticity or double chins might be more likely to develop one themselves.
- Individuals who have achieved significant weight loss and want to get rid of any excess loose skin that has lost its elasticity.
- Individuals who are self-conscious about a bulging neckline.
- Individuals who feel uncomfortable in their clothing and limit themselves on the styles of clothing/jewelry due to excess fat of the neck.
Neck liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure designed to eliminate the excess fatty tissue that develops under the chin and along the neck. This technique adds contour and definition to the neck, providing long-lasting results with minimal downtime
The neck liposuction surgery can be performed under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation for optimal comfort, control and safety.
The surgeon starts by making two to three incisions under the chin or behind the ears, just large enough to introduce the liposuction cannula.
Dr. Stavrou will then meticulously sculpt the area by suctioning away the excess fatty tissue until the desired contour has been achieved.
Most of the bruising and swelling should subside within three weeks and patients should be able to return to work within a week.
It is important that the skin still has a healthy elasticity, or the remaining tissue may become deflated and saggy after the liposuction. Those with moderate to severe lax skin may be encouraged to consider a neck lift, eliminating the excess tissue, as well.
Pain and discomfort are minimal and can be well-controlled with prescription medications or over-the-counter pain relievers. Most patients are feeling and looking well enough to return to work in two days.
A youthful, sculpted neckline can be restored with a single treatment.
Neck liposuction results can be seen immediately. However, they will continue to improve as any swelling and discoloration resolves (2-3 weeks).
If the patient maintains a consistent weight, the effects of chin liposuction are permanent.
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Neck Lift Techniques
There are many different ways to achieve a more aesthetic neckline, determined by the individual’s anatomy and preferences.
The platysma is a thin layer of muscle on either side of the neck separated into two sides along the midline, hence the term platysmaplasty surgery. The purpose of the muscle is to draw the lower lip and corner of the mouth sideways and downwards in what is often described as an expression of surprise or fright.
As we age, the connective tissue linking the platysma to the skin becomes loose and the gap in the midline of the platysma often becomes wider. With time and gravity, the fibres that join the platysma to the skin begin to weaken and the muscle sags downwards, giving the neck a sagging appearance (turkey-neck).
A platysmaplasty involves tightening the platysma muscle and lifting it upwards. Typically a small, discrete incision of 1cm is made under the chin to access the area where the two muscle bands have separated. These will then be sutured together in the midline – known as the midline platysma plication. The purpose of joining the muscles in the midline is to create a single muscular sheet that is resistant to the formation of neck bands and enhances the definition of the jawline and neck.
The goal of platysmaplasty is to create a taut, smooth muscle layer and a sharp transition between the neck and jaw, which translates to an improved neck angle and a more youthfully defined neck and jawline.
An isolated platysmaplasty is not recommended for patients with more significant aging and heavier drooping neck as it then must be combined with a cervicoplasty to remove excess skin.
In continuation to the midline platysma plication from the platysmaplasty technique, the platysma muscle can then be lifted up near the ears to tighten it further and address saggy skin and jowling.
Small incisions are placed under the chin and behind the ears so the excess skin can be removed. Neck skin is carefully redraped without tension and excess skin is trimmed, creating a firmer and smoother appearance.
Benefits of a Neck Lift Procedure
- Reduced signs of aging, more youthful appearance
- Refined lines and wrinkles in the neck area
- Tighten underlying neck muscles
- Lifting and smoothing jowls
- Reduction of excess skin
- Contouring a double chin
- Minimal scarring
- Short healing period
- Boosted confidence
Recovery After a Neck Lift Surgery
Recovery time depends upon which of the neck lift procedures were utilized and if other facial surgeries were performed during the same setting.
Patients should expect some swelling and bruising right after surgery. Additionally, they might experience a feeling of tightness under the neck. This is absolutely normal and it should dissipate after 2 weeks along with any puffiness or discoloration.
During these two weeks, Dr. Stavrou recommends that his patients must keep their head elevated when they sleep with the help of a few pillows to speed the resolution of post-op swelling and bruising.
Patients will be also wearing a latex free/hypoallergenic neck bandage for one week. The compressive bandage will compress the operated neck to its new contour and ensure a smooth and fast recovery.
In addition to this, to prevent any blood or fluid collection, Dr. Stavrou places a very small drain under the skin during the operation. The drain is removed painlessly after 1-2 days in the office.
Typically, patients return to their daily activities, including their jobs, within 2 weeks after surgery. However, in order to indulge in more vigorous exercises and activities, they should wait until 4-6 weeks post op.
During the recovery period, sun protection is necessary to prevent permanent hyperpigmentation and sunburn to the incisions and the treated area. Wearing makeup is permitted after 1 week post-op.
Where Will Neck Lift Surgery Take Place?
Dr. Stavrou performs neck lift surgery in accredited medical centers in Cyprus, Greece and Malta.
The procedure takes place in a safe and sterile operation room. The surgeon uses only state-of-the-art medical equipment. The staff involved is thoroughly trained and specialized in cosmetic surgery. Dr. Stavrou wants to ensure a safe, well-controlled and comfortable surgical experience for his patients.
After the procedure, the patient is transferred to the recovery suite and is closely monitored by the medical staff.
The European Institute of Plastic Surgery (EIPS) offers exceptional health care and meets the high standards of safety and care set by European laws. EIPS clinics provide individualized health care in a beautiful, exclusive and luxurious environment.
FAQs for Neck Lift surgery
How much does a neck lift cost?
Neck lift surgery is a cosmetic procedure that requires a skillful plastic surgeon with outstanding experience in performing face and neck surgeries. Thus, the priority for every patient who wants to undergo a safe cosmetic procedure is to find a board-certified and experienced plastic surgeon.
The cost of neck lifting ranges based on the country and the doctor’s experience.
In general, a neck lift may include the below charges:
- Surgeon fee
- Hospital costs
- Post-surgical treatment
How long does a Neck Lift last?
The duration of the results depends on the type of procedures used. Neck lift improvements can last about 10 years, but this varies from patient to patient.
Patients need to be participants in their own care. It is critical to lead a healthy lifestyle and maintain a stable weight in order to retain the results.
Staying out of the sun is essential since excessive sun exposure tends to cause collagen degeneration. It is encouraged to use sunscreens and cosmeceuticals to enhance the appearance of the neck skin, especially in females who are more subject to laxity, compared to age matched males, whose neck skin is thicker because of the effect of testosterone.
Will I have visible scars after Neck Lift?
Dr. Stavrou uses the most advanced, least invasive, and short scar neck lift techniques available to ensure natural and elegant results.
Neck lift incisions tend to heal very well due to the excellent blood supply of the facial and neck region. The goal is to reshape the neck and put the incisions in places where the scars will remain concealed in the natural contours of the neck, behind the ears and in the hairline.
Is a Neck Lift painful?
Patients will experience bruising and swelling, tightness or tingling, as well as different sensations, including pulling or numbness, following neck lift surgery. This can last for several days and is entirely normal.
Any discomfort can be lessened with prescribed pain medication from Dr. Stavrou.
Can I combine the Neck Lift surgery with other procedures?
A neck lift is often complimented and further enhanced by a variety of complimentary facial procedures, including:
- Facelift - to smooth wrinkles and correct aging in the cheeks, mouth region and mid-face.
- Brow Lift - to gently lift and refresh the brow, helping to create a more youthful appearance to the eyes.
- Blepharoplasty - to refresh and rejuvenate the eyes and remove excess, baggy upper or lower eyelid skin.