Platysmaplasty is another term for neck lift surgery, a procedure which aims to contour the neck for a lifted, more youthful appearance.
What Is Platysmaplasty Surgery?
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. As we age, the connective tissue linking the platysma to the skin becomes loose, giving the appearance of a sagging neck.
How To Prepare For The Platysmaplasty Procedure
We know that choosing to have cosmetic surgery is never a decision taken lightly, which is why we hold consultations before any commitments are made. During this initial consultation, you’ll need to be honest with us about your medical history and surgery expectations. The surgeon will then discuss the best course of treatment, as well as any downsides there may be to the surgery. If you do choose to undergo platysmaplasty surgery, there are additional precautions that you’ll need to take, such as
- Quitting smoking at least 6 weeks prior to surgery
- Stop taking aspirin
- Stop taking anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements
We also advise that you should make arrangements with a family member or friend to collect you after surgery. What’s more, you should also be prepared to take at least a couple of weeks off work, depending on your job.
What Does The Surgery Involve?
The platysmaplasty procedure usually takes between 2 to 3 hours and requires the patient to be under general anaesthetic. This surgery is different to a normal neck lift because it focuses on where the platysma muscle is at its weakest, which is under the chin. An incision is made underneath the chin where fat is then removed, usually with liposuction. The platysma muscle is then exposed and brought back together with surgical stitches. The wounds are then closed with more stitches.
After your platysmaplasty surgery you’ll need to wear a special compression garment that will help to reduce the bruising and swelling. Due to the pain and discomfort, you may require analgesia. It’s important that you follow the advice from your surgeon which will include:
- Keep your head upright at all times
- Wear loose clothing to avoid pulling anything over your head
- Avoid exercise and strenuous activity
- Keep the wounds dry
- Avoid touching your face
The following week after surgery you’ll be checked over in the dressings clinic. This is also an opportunity for you to ask the surgeon any questions you may have regarding the recovery process.
The results of your platysmaplasty procedure will take a number of months to finally show. Once the neck is fully healed, it will appear more defined and tighter.
What Could Go Wrong With The Surgery?
Here at UK Aesthetics, we have plenty of experience in conducting the platysmaplasty procedure. However, as with any cosmetic surgery, there are some potential risks and complications. Some complaints from patients include:
There are some more serious risks including infection, haematoma, skin loss and seroma formation. All potential outcomes will be discussed in great detail during your first consultation.
How Much Does Platysmaplasty Surgery Cost?
The cost of platysmaplasty depends on what is required. Which is why we’ll provide you with a full quote including hospital, surgeon and anaesthetic fees after your first consultation.
How Long Will The Results Last?
A platysmaplasty can last anywhere between 10-15 years providing the patient maintains an active and healthy lifestyle.