Neck lift surgery (platysmaplasty) can eliminate excess fat and sagging skin on your neck. The procedure also includes tightening your platysma muscle. You may wish to pursue this surgery if you have age-related skin changes or sagging skin from losing weight.
A neck lift (platysmaplasty) is a cosmetic surgery that can give your neck a more contoured and youthful appearance. It works by lifting and tightening your platysma muscle.
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Your platysma enables movement in your lower face. It’s a thin sheet of muscle that goes from your collarbones to your lower face. If your platysma weakens, it can affect your neck’s appearance.
You may wish to pursue neck lift surgery if you have:
A facelift restores a youthful appearance to the upper portion of your face. Facelifts often include components of a neck lift.
Neck lift surgery is a less invasive option. It focuses on the area below your chin and above your collarbone.
During a neck left, surgeons remove some fat tissue. But if a double chin is your primary concern, you may wish to pursue other options such as double chin surgery.
Cosmetic procedures can enhance the appearance of your neck (nonsurgical neck lift). It may take multiple procedures to achieve your goals. And the results are temporary.
Nonsurgical neck lift options include:
Here’s what to expect during platysmaplasty:
The benefits of a neck lift procedure last years longer than nonsurgical options and include:
Neck lift surgery risks include:
A neck lift is typically an outpatient procedure, meaning you go home the same day. Neck lift recovery includes swelling and bruising immediately after the procedure. Your doctor may have placed small, temporary tubes to clear blood and other fluid from beneath your skin’s surface. You may also experience muscle tightness in your neck that lasts several months.
You’ll receive incision care and other at-home neck lift recovery instructions, which may include:
The results of neck lift surgery can last years. Precisely how long is different for each person and depends on certain factors, such as:
Call your surgeon if you experience signs of complications, including:
A note from Cleveland Clinic
A platysmaplasty can give your neck a more contoured appearance. The procedure minimizes neck bands, sagging skin and excess fat. Results can last for years. However, it doesn’t prevent age-related changes that occur after surgery. To get the most out of your procedure, follow care instructions, don’t smoke and protect your skin from the sun.
Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 06/28/2022.
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