In addition to the ungainly neckbands, the loss of elasticity of the platysma muscle can also give you a stubborn double chin and fatty jowls. All these conditions can give you an unsightly heavy appearance around the neck, jaw, and chin area. A Neck Platysmal Banding, also known as Platysmaplasty, is a highly effective neck rejuvenation procedure commonly performed as a part of a regular neck lift. Neck banding is performed to correct the significant laxity of the platysma muscle.
The laxity of the platysma muscle can be corrected during a regular neck lift. However, while during a neck lift, the platysma muscle is stretched sideways and in the upwards direction, during a platysmaplasty neck procedure, the platysma muscles are tightened by pulling them towards the center – in other words, both sides of the platysma muscle are pulled together, which helps in creating one muscle sheet. This is what helps in giving the skin and neck structure a smooth and firm appearance.
If you have excess fatty tissue and skin, if your platysma bands are visible while at rest, or if your neck does not have any definition, then you could be a fitting candidate for neckband surgery. The only other criterion is, your skin tone should be healthy.
During the procedure, an incision is made under the chin and the neck is opened. The doctor will then remove the excess fat which serves to expose the platysma muscle. Fat removal can be done either via liposuction (if fat is present only above the platysma muscle) or via direct visualization using a lighted retractor (if fat is present both above and below the platysma muscle).
The muscle is pulled together centrally using corset platysmaplasty sutures – named so because the sutures resemble a corset. This entire procedure can take anywhere between two and three hours. In addition to the corset platysmaplasty technique, different variations of platysmaplasty might be considered.
Another commonly used procedure limits the animation of the neck by cutting a wedge of the platysma muscle. This can also result in a reduction of wrinkles and lines.
In the first 24 hours post-surgery, you will be required to wear a pressure dressing which wraps around the head and underneath the chin. This helps in minimizing swelling and bruising. Drains also might be used instead of wraps to help drain away excess blood and fluid.
You can go back home the same day – but we strongly recommend you have a family member or a friend drive you back. You will be asked to come back for your first checkup a day or two after your surgery.
You can expect some pain and discomfort in the first 24 to 48 hours which can be easily addressed with pain medication. You will be advised on post-surgery care which should be followed for at least a week.
A neck lift is permanent and the results will last for years. However, the natural aging process does not stop, so over a period of time, your neck will show some degree of sagging. However, it will still be much better than your pre-surgery condition.
You are advised against carrying heavy loads and exerting yourself in any way in the first week. Once your sutures are removed (after seven days), you can resume exercise and using makeup.
In the first two weeks after your surgery, you can expect some amount of bruising and swelling which will subside naturally. Incision scars will also soften and start to fade away and you can expect a full recovery within three to four months post-surgery.
You can expect a downtime of anywhere between 1 and 2 weeks. While your bandages will be removed a day after your surgery, you will have to use a face and neck garment for at least seven days. Surgical sutures are usually removed within five to seven days of your surgery.
The pricing can differ based on a number of criteria including – the expertise of your doctor, location of the practice, the severity of your neckbands, the number of procedures that are being performed along with platysmaplasty, and the use of anesthesia.
Contact Pryor Health to schedule a consultation. After your consultation, your surgeon will be able to make a much more accurate assessment of your neck lift cost.
No. You will be administered either local or general anesthesia so you will not be in any pain at all during the procedure. In most cases, patients prefer general anesthesia.
It can take anywhere between 1 to 4 hours depending on the type of surgical technique used and the severity of your neckbands.
You will notice an improvement in your appearance almost immediately after your surgery. However, you will not be able to see full results until after swelling and bruising subside – in a few short weeks.
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