Neck Lift in Colombia
Although other cosmetic surgical procedures may get more attention, perhaps neck lift surgery should be the one you consider first. After all, your neck is often the first place to show your real age. The primary concern of many patients is the appearance of aging in their necks. This is especially true in males. Loose skin, sagging muscles and fat deposits in the neck may be present even when the remainder of the face and jawline shows less signs of aging.
You may desire a neck lift in Colombia if you have localized deposits of fat in the anterior part of the neck – under the chin. A neck lift may also be indicated if you have sagging, with skin folds in the anterior part of the neck.
One of the most commonly performed plastic surgery procedures in Colombia, rhinoplasty is also popular around the world with hundreds of thousands of nose reshaping surgeries performed each year. Both men and women frequently seek changes in the appearance of their noses.
Many women and men increase their self-confidence and satisfaction in their facial appearance, or simply breathe more freely, by visiting Premium Care Plastic Surgery in Colombia for nose surgery. Patients often travel to Cartagena from all over the United States, Europe, and Latin America, as well as nearby cities like Baranquilla for rhinoplasty (nose surgery) from our talented surgeons.
The first signs of an aging neck usually become evident in our forties, and may appear as sagging or loosening of the skin below the chin or jaw. Some will notice cords or bands (the “weakening” of the platysma muscle) and possibly the development of a “turkey neck” or “turkey wattle.” With time, neck fullness and sagging tissues can progress to the point where the youthful definition of the jawline is blurred or lost altogether. And it’s not just advancing age that can affect the look of your neck. Even at a young age, excessive hereditary fat deposits located underneath the chin may enlarge and lead to the dreaded double or even triple chin.
Whether your neck is affected by age, your genes, the pull of gravity or the harsh effects of the sun and wind, neck lift surgery (platysmaplasty) or other neck contouring and rejuvenation procedures may be options. In a nutshell, a neck lift removes excess sagging skin under your jawline and on your neck. For those with bands or cords, the neck lift may involve adjusting and tightening the platysma muscle, if it has begun to separate and sag. If needed, the neck lift can include the removal or contouring of excess fatty tissue, some of which may be located below your platysma muscle.
If you only have excess fat under your chin or along your jawline, chin liposuction alone may be enough to enhance the appearance of your neck. However, be aware that as we move into our forties and fifties most necks will require more than just liposuction alone and will typically require a neck lift.
There are several ways to correct the neck. This procedure may be done independently or in conjunction with a facelift. Our plastic surgeons at Premium Care examine each individual and determine the best technique to give the correction the patient desires, according to his or her anatomy
In some cases this can be done with liposuction alone. For some patients, the neck can be corrected with an incision that is limited to the skin crease under the chin. Other patients may require an incision hidden behind the ear, in order to correct significant skin laxity on the neck.
Are You a Candidate for a Neck Lift in Colombia?
If you have jowls, a double chin, a turkey wattle or any other cosmetic concerns about the appearance of your neck, seek a consultation with one of our qualified plastic surgeons at Premium Care.
You must have realistic expectations about your neck lift, and what it can do for your appearance and your life. You also must be able to clearly communicate your aesthetic goals to your surgeon. After a frank discussion, your surgeon can determine whether your goals are realistic and can be met with a neck lift.
Improvements from Neck Lift
Neck lift surgery corrects the signs of aging on the neck and the jaw line. It often accompanies facelift surgery for a more comprehensive facial rejuvenation. The benefits of neck lift surgery include:
- Removing loose, sagging skin from under the chin
- Correcting visible vertical bands on the neck
- Eliminating areas of fat from under the chin (double chin) and on the neck
- Restoring a smooth, youthful-looking neck
Various parts of the face in an individual age differently. One patient may look older due to sagging eyelids, jowls, and neck while another patient complains of a heavy brow, sagging cheeks, and fine wrinkles around the mouth. Our plastic surgeons at Premium Care have extensive training in the full array of plastic surgery options available for facial rejuvenation.
Changes around the eyes are some of the earliest evidence that occur in the face showing signs of the aging process. The changes are influenced by eyebrow position, eyelid anatomy, genetics, sun exposure and smoking. As noted in the discussion on brow lift it is important to have the eyebrow in the right position in order to get the best results with eyelid surgery.
For every patient, we do a complete facial analysis and discuss treatment options with the patient, both surgical and nonsurgical. Together with the patient, we come up with a comprehensive facial rejuvenation plan, and can often perform procedures together if more then one is desired.
Many of our patients from the United States, Europe, and Latin America choose to combine their neck lift procedure with other facial sculpting procedures. Rejuvenation procedures typically performed in conjunction with Neck lift in Colombia include:
- Botox and Fillers
- Eyelid Lift
- Forehead Lift
- Fat grafting to restore facial volume
- Facial liposuction to neck and jawline
- Brow lift surgery to raise a heavy brow
- Skin resurfacing techniques
At Premium Care, our plastic surgeons work compassionately with each patient to customize a plan for their facial rejuvenation. They believe that each patient has distinct goals, unique anatomy, and varied life situations that must be incorporated into an individual, custom plan.
When you look younger, it’s hard not to feel younger too. Give us a call at (+57) 312 545 5569 in Cartagena and 305 8481909 in United States, or request a consultation online to speak with one of our plastic surgeons at Premium Care regarding a neck lift or other plastic surgery procedure.
Your Neck Lift Consultation at Premium Care Plastic Surgery
If you are bothered by signs of aging in your neck, neck lift surgery may be right for you. A neck lift is a surgical procedure to improve visible signs of aging in the face and neck, such as:
- Fat that has fallen or is displaced
- Loss of muscle tone in the lower face may create jowls
- Loose skin and excess fatty deposits under the chin and jaw can make even a person of normal weight appear to have a double chin
Is it right for me?
A neck lift can only be performed surgically; non-surgical rejuvenation treatments cannot achieve the same results, but may help delay the time at which a facelift becomes appropriate and complement the results of surgery. Neck lift surgery is a highly individualized procedure and you should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires to try to fit any sort of ideal image.
A neck lift is a good option for you if:
- You are physically healthy and maintain a stable weight
- You do not smoke
- You have realistic expectations
- You are bothered by the feeling that you have jowls, a double chin, a turkey wattle or any other cosmetic concerns about the appearance of your neck.
What neck lift won’t do:
As a restorative surgery, a neck lift does not change your fundamental appearance and cannot stop the aging process.
The best way for patients to understand their options is in a thorough consultation at Premium Care Plastic Surgery. In our approach to facelift and Neck lift communicating with our patient is key. We will carefully review your medical history and evaluation questionnaire before the initial consultation. Our plastic surgeons will explain how the different procedures may apply to you specifically, and what we recommend for your particular case. We’ll also demonstrate the result we’d expect with each of the procedure options.
Be prepared to discuss:
- Why you want the surgery, your expectations and desired outcome
- Your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
- Medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
- Previous surgeries
- Use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, and tobacco
There will also be a physical component to this visit. Your surgeon will assess the amount of excess fat or loose skin in your neck area as well as the quality of your skin and muscle tone in this area.
Your surgeon will explain the techniques for a neck lift and incision placements that would be most appropriate for you. He or she must discuss all the risks associated with neck lift with you, as well.
Your plastic surgeon at Premium Care will also:
- Take photographs for your medical record
- Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment
- Discuss likely outcomes of neck lift and any risks or potential complications
For some patients, we may recommend that neck lift be combined with a additional facial rejuvenation procedures such as facelift, forehead lift, eyelid surgery, or skin treatments for as part of a comprehensive plan for facial rejuvenation.
Facial plastic surgery is an area of expertise for our plastic surgeons at Premium Care. Our patient population reflects a cross-section of local and international residents, and we have a broad range of experience with different ages, ethnicities, and sizes of patients.
If you’re ready to meet with our plastic surgeons at Premium Care Plastic Surgery in Colombia, you can request a consultation online or contact us at (+57) 312 545 5569 in Cartagena 305 8481909 in United States.
Preparing for Your Neck Lift in Colombia
Premium Care Plastic Surgery encourages you to take a few simple steps in preparation for your neck lift procedure in Colombia. Following the steps presented below will make your recovery from surgery as safe, short and relaxing as possible.
Your surgeon will provide you with a list of specific steps you should take leading up to your procedure. This list might include limiting your use of certain medications, alcohol and cigarettes, and minor changes in your grooming habits. These changes are temporary but very important to your comfort and safety.
Before neck lift surgery, you may be asked to:
- Get lab testing or a medical evaluation
- Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
- Stop smoking well in advance of surgery
- Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding
Special instructions you receive will cover:
- What to do on the day of surgery
- The use of anesthesia during your neck lift
- Post-operative care and follow-up
- Medications to purchase and bring with you on the day of surgery.
A patient’s final result will be enhanced through active participation in preparing for a neck lift. Patients considering neck lift need to maintain a healthy, well-balanced diet to prepare for surgery.
Smoking increases the risks of many potential complications of surgery and should be avoided. Patients who smoke must discus this candidly with their plastic surgeon as risks for neck lift surgery increase markedly when compared to non-smokers. Nicotine patches or gum are also associated with increased complications and should not be used in preparation for surgery.
On the day of your surgery, we ask that you wear no jewelry or make-up and avoid deodorant, skin lotions and perfume. We recommend warm, loose fitting clothing, such as pajamas or sweat pants with thick socks or slippers to prevent the chills commonly experienced after surgery. Please inform your surgeon if you have a cold, sore throat, active allergies or an open cut or sore on the day of your surgery.
You’ll need help. Arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery and to stay with you for at least the first night following surgery. Effective planning prior to undergoing neck lift can make your recovery as brief and relaxing as possible.
To take the next step, arrange a personal consultation with Premium Care Plastic Surgery in Colombia at by calling (+57) 312 545 5569 in Cartagena 305 848 1909 in United States or use our convenient online form to book a consultation online.
Your Neck Lift
What happens during neck lift surgery?
Step 1 – Anesthesia
Medications are administered for your comfort during a neck lift procedure. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.
Your surgeon may mark up the areas on your neck and/or face before beginning the neck lift.
Step 2 – The incision
If you are having a “skin-only” neck lift, your surgeon makes two incisions under or behind the ear and then loosens the skin and redrapes it before removing any excess skin.
If you are having a platysmaplasty with a skin lift, you may have a small incision under the chin along with the ones behind or under your ear. With a platysmaplasty, a section of the platysma muscle may be removed. Your surgeon will then rearrange and tighten the remaining muscle to improve the look of the neck and throat area. He or she will also loosen and redrape your neck skin as in a skin-only neck lift.
Step 3 – Closing the incisions
Once healed, the incision lines from a neck lift are well concealed within the hairline and in the natural contours of the face and ear.
Step 4 – See the results
The visible improvements of a neck lift appear as swelling and bruising subside. Your final result should not only restore a more youthful and rested appearance, but also help you feel more confident about yourself.
Plan to come in and talk with Dr. Campbell and Dr. Carolina Restrepo at Premium Care Plastic Surgery soon. Request a consultation online or contact us at (+57) 312 545 5569 in Cartagena 305 8481909 in United States.
Neck Lift Recovery
When your procedure is completed, a pressure dressing wrapped around the top of your head to underneath your chin will gently be placed around your chin to minimize post facelift swelling and bruising. A thin tube may be present to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect under the skin. The patient goes home with chin and neck wrapped in dressings or in an elastic neck sling. Initial discomfort is easily controlled with oral medication.
Bruising, swelling and recovery time varies from patient to patient. A number of factors including the patient’s skin, general health, medications, as well as the procedure necessary to deliver the desired results, will influence the recovery time. Our doctors and staff at Premium Care Plastic Surgery will advise you of the appropriate do’s and don’ts before surgery.
In general, most patients are over most of their bruising and much of their swelling 10 to 14 days after surgery. Many patients return to social activities, and/or work, 2 weeks after surgery and everyone returns to aerobic exercise 21 days post-op. You and your surgeon will know that there is still some swelling to subside but your friends and colleagues will see you as significantly refreshed.
You will be given specific instructions that may include:
- How to care for your incisions following surgery
- Medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the risk of infection
- When to follow-up with your plastic surgeon.
Following your physician’s instructions is key to the success of your surgery. It is important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, abrasion, or motion during the time of healing. Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself.
Neck Lift results will be long lasting
It may take several months for swelling to fully dissipate and up to 6 months for incision lines to mature. Life-long sun protection will help to maintain your rejuvenated appearance by minimizing photo-aging or sun damage. In addition, a healthy lifestyle will also help extend the results of your rejuvenated, more youthful appearance.
If you’re ready to find out more about changing your look, go request a consultation online or call us at (+57) 312 545 5569 in Cartagena and 305 8481909 in United States to request an appointment with one of our skilled, sensitive plastic surgeons.
Risks and Complications of Neck Lift
Our patients see neck lift as an exciting way to feel younger and get more enjoyment out of life. However, as with all elective surgeries, it is still important to go into it fully informed and aware of potential risks and complications. When you request your consultation at Premium Care Plastic Surgery, out plastic surgeons will take the time to discuss all aspects of neck lift in depth, and answer any questions you may have. Even if a complication were to occur, diligent post-operative care would still likely lead to a nice result.
Neck Lift: Words to Know
- General anesthesia: Drugs and/or gases used during an operation to relieve pain and alter consciousness.
- Hematoma: Blood pooling beneath the skin.
- Intravenous sedation: Sedatives administered by injection into a vein to help you relax.
- Jowls: A jaw line that sags into the neck, usually caused by loss of muscle tone in the lower face and fat deposit.
- Local anesthesia: A drug injected directly to the site of an incision during an operation to relieve pain.
- Rhytidectomy: A surgical procedure also known as facelift, to reduce sagging of the mid-face, jowls and neck.
Neck Lift: Frequently Asked Questions
Considering neck lift surgery? If so, you probably have lots of questions, and you may have some concerns. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about platysmaplasty, along with their answers:
1. What is a neck lift?
A neck lift, or platysmaplasty, is surgery to reduce the look of sagging, loose skin in the neck area and under the jawline. People who complain of having a fleshy neck, “jowls,” neck banding or a “turkey wattle” can benefit from this procedure.
2. At what age can a neck lift be performed?
A neck lift can be performed at almost any age, although people usually seek it out between the ages of 30 and 70. professional opinion about what can realistically be done to address your concerns. The surgeon will explain the various techniques available for a neck lift, as well as anesthesia options, incision placements that may be most appropriate for you, and the risks and costs associated with neck lift.
3. What does a typical neck lift consultation entail?
You will tell your surgeon what you want to change about your neck, and then he or she will offer an option.
4. How is neck lift performed?
Like many cosmetic surgery procedures, a neck lift is usually performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia and light sleep sedation or general anesthesia. In a “skin-only” neck lift, the surgeon makes two incisions under or behind the ear, loosens the skin, redrapes it and removes any excess. In a platysmaplasty with a skin lift, an additional incision is made under the chin.
5. What should I expect postoperatively?
You will most likely experience swelling and bruising in your lower face and neck that will peak on day three and then begin to dissipate. Your surgeon will advise you to take it easy for a couple of weeks or more as you recuperate. A full overview is available here on neck lift recovery.
6. When will the stitches be removed and does this hurt?
Your stitches will probably remain in place for three to five days, depending on how you are healing and your surgeon’s preference.
7. When will I be able to see the results?
Although some swelling will be present for several weeks, you should begin to see the results of your neck lift emerge within a week or so.
8. What are the risks of neck lift?
All surgery has risks and complications, and a neck lift is no exception. Potential risks include an allergic reaction to the anesthesia, infection, hematoma or seroma, lumpiness, numbness, mottling of the skin, cording, asymmetry and general dissatisfaction with the results. A full rundown is available in our article on neck lift risks.
9. Are the results permanent?
Surgery cannot stop aging — nothing can — so your neck lift results will not last forever. However, they should last for several years before you start to see loose skin in the area again. Be aware that a significant weight gain could cause neck fullness and sagging.
If you’re ready to find out more about changing your look, request a consultation online or call us at (+57) 312 545 5569 in Cartagena 305 8481909 in United States, to request an appointment with one of our skilled, sensitive plastic surgeons.