This surgery is performed when the patient wants to reduce sagging skin under the neck to give it a smooth, youthful look. Also called cervicoplasty or platysmaplasty, this procedure usually takes around three hours, but most patients choose to have it done along with other cosmetic surgeries, lengthening that time.
It can be done with local or general anesthesia. The doctor will make an incision under your chin and ears and tighten the platysma (neck muscle) to give the neck a tauter look. Then, he or she will perform a liposuction if necessary and remove any excess skin, the incisions are the closed with stitches and a drain is put in place to help the excess fluids the wound.
Potential risks and complications
Infections, swelling and bruising are always risks involved with this procedure. Speak with your doctor about possible outcomes to avoid disappointment, this procedure is very straight forward, but irregular scarring, excessive bleeding or blood clots are a potential risk and must be taken seriously.
What to expect post surgery
You will need to use a compression band to help with the selling for a few days, and must refrain from doing exercise or heavy physical activity for at least three weeks. You may experience tingling and tightness for a few weeks after the surgery, but this is normal.