Neck lift (platysmoplasty)

In the pursuit of eternal youth, women tend to forget about the age neck changes that can reveal their true age. Aesthetic medicine has found an effective solution to the problem of sagging skin and soft tissues in the chin and neck area. Platysmoplasty is a type of plastic surgery which deals with the problem correction in this area. The elimination of sagging skin and muscles, wrinkle smoothing, double chin removal, correction of the lower face part inclination angle, the return of elasticity and natural beauty is the final result of a successful neck lift. You can refine your appearance after a preliminary consultation with the leading plastic surgeons specialising in neck and face plasty at Medical Club GRACE.

What is platysmaplasty?
Neck plasty (platysmoplasty) is a plastic surgery the aim of which is the
elimination of age-related changes in the neck area and the restoration of the lower face-part contour. During surgery the plastic surgeon stitches the open platysma edges.

When indicated, platysmoplasty may be combined with:

  • Liposuction (eliminates local fat deposits).
  • Neck skin tightening (doctor removes the "excess" skin and eliminates wrinkles).
  • Facelift (wrinkles are removed and a new face shape is formed).

Surgery indications:
Platysmoplasty is indicated if the following problems occur:

  • Platysmal bands, the so-called “neck cords”. These changes occur when the edges of platism diverge.
  • Double chin. It can form due to skin sagging or local deposits of adipose tissue. Its elimination surgery is often combined with liposuction.
  • Age-related skin changes in the neck area, due to which it loses its tone, becomes flabby and wrinkled.

The surgery process
If a patient decided to undergo a neck plastic surgery, he or she should first
book an initial consultation with our plastic surgeon. You can do this by phone
(the number is listed on the website). Preoperative examination consists of:

  • general blood test;
  • general urine analysis;
  • coagulogram;
  • blood type and rhesus identification;
  • biochemical blood test;
  • ultrasound examination of internal organs;
  • electrocardiogram;
  • chest radiograph.

Platysmoplasty is performed under general anaesthesia and is painless for
the patient. After receiving the examination results, the anaesthetist selects the medication suitable for general anaesthesia and, if necessary, tests the patient for any allergies. After that the surgeon assigns a surgery date.

Surgery contraindications:
Platysmoplasty is a full surgical intervention which has its contraindications:

  • Any infectious diseases of a viral, bacterial or fungal nature. The date of platysmoplasty conduction is postponed until complete recovery.
  • The body conditions in which the use of general anesthesia is contraindicated.

Such body conditions include:

  • liver or kidney failure;
  • heart defects;
  • coronary heart disease;
  • hypertonic disease;
  • type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
  • Coagulation failures;
  • Blood coagulation disorders.
  • Thyroid disease (toxic diffuse goiter, thyroiditis).
  • Oncological diseases.

Surgery duration
The duration of the surgery depends on its volume, as well as complexity and
lasts, on average, 30-60 minutes.

The peсuliarities of rehabilitation
The hospital stay after neck plasty lasts 1 day. Right after the surgery is
completed, a modeling supportive dressing on the “Steri-strip” or “Micropor” adhesive tape is applied on the body area where the surgery was performed. It should be worn for 5 days. The stitches are removed on the 7-10th day.
During the rehabilitation period, the patient should:

  • Wear a special bandage that will maintain the proper neck shape for 2-3 weeks.
  • Come to the clinic for dressing changes and examinations.
  • Avoid visiting the sauna, solarium, gym and pool.
  • Not wet the skin area of the conducted surgery.
  • Limit the intake of salt, which, retaining fluid in the body, increases swelling.

Possible complications
The complications rarely develop after a neck plasty. Most often they are
caused by the patient’s failure to comply with the surgeon’s recommendations. The complications include:

  • The formation of subcutaneous hematoma in the area of the conducted surgery.
  • Wound infection with its subsequent poor healing.
  • The formation of scars.

The result
The result of platysmoplasty can be evaluated 1-2 month after the surgery. At
the final examination the patient will be able to see that neck contours became more beautiful and the skin became firm, supple and taut.