The skin on your neck is thin and delicate. As a result, this area of your body is more likely to develop sagging skin and wrinkles at a relatively early stage in your life. At Real Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, located in Moonee Ponds, Victoria and serving people in the Melbourne area, we may be able to lift and tighten the skin in this area of your body with a neck lift.
What Is Involved in a Neck Lift?
A neck lift, also called platysmaplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that can be used to improve the appearance of your neck. At Real Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, these procedures are performed by Mr. Salerno.
Designing Your Procedure
During your first meeting with Mr. Salerno, you can talk about the sagging skin, excess fat, or other neck issues that are bothering you. This information can help Mr. Salerno design a customized procedure that is focused on your cosmetic goals. Since your neck is unique, this procedure may be different than the lifts that other people receive.
Lifting the Neck
To help you feel comfortable during your neck procedure, you might receive general anaesthesia before Mr. Salerno begins to work on your neck. Alternatively, you could receive intravenous sedation at the beginning of your procedure.
After your medication takes effect, Mr. Salerno can create small incisions in your neck. Next, he will reposition and adjust the skin in this area of your body. Moving your skin can be a good way to enhance your profile and smooth wrinkles on your neck. Depending on the condition of your tissues, he might also remove fat cells and excess skin from your neck.
Why Has the Appearance of My Neck Changed Over Time?
Sun exposure, the aging process, your lifestyle habits, and your genes can alter the appearance of your neck as you get older.
If you’ve had sunburns or other issues after spending time outside, you probably already know that the sun in Melbourne can be very intense and powerful. As your skin soaks up the ultra-violet rays that the sun emits, the collagen in your tissues may change.
Collagen is a type of fibrous protein that is found in your tendons, bones, skin, and other areas of your body. This protein helps your skin recover after it stretches and moves. If sunlight degrades the collagen in your tissues, you might develop loose skin, wrinkles, and sunspots at an earlier age than your peers.
The Effects of Age
As you get older, your body begins to make lower amounts of collagen and other important substances in your skin. This process may begin when you are in your twenties. As your skin loses collagen fibres, you might notice that wrinkles and sagging skin start to appear on your neck.
Your Lifestyle Habits
When you gain large amounts of weight, your skin moves as the size of your body increases. If your weight decreases, your skin can become looser and less firm. Over time, frequent changes in your weight can increase your risk of losing elasticity in your tissues and developing sagging skin.
In addition to your weight, smoking cigarettes can change the appearance of your skin. Smoking cigarettes damages your blood vessels and decreases blood flow to your skin. Further, cigarettes contain chemicals that can damage collagen and other proteins in your skin. As a result, if you are a smoker, you might develop lines and loose skin on your neck.
The genes that you inherited from your mother and father can impact how the skin on your face, neck, and other areas of your body ages over time. If your mother and father had wrinkles and loose skin on their necks when they were in their forties, you might develop similar issues when you reach this stage in your life.
Who Is a Suitable Candidate for a Neck Procedure?
If you have loose skin and unwanted fat on your neck, you might be a suitable candidate for this cosmetic procedure. For example, if you have sagging skin on your neck but don’t have severe wrinkles on your face, you might not benefit from using a facelift to change your appearance. Instead, you could improve your appearance in a less invasive manner by receiving a neck procedure.
An Initial Meeting
To determine whether you might benefit from a platysmaplasty, you can visit our office in Melbourne and meet with Mr. Salerno. This meeting can be used to analyze the condition of your skin, talk about your medical background, and discuss your cosmetic objectives. You can also talk about any concerns that you have and ask Mr. Salerno questions about this procedure.
Consider Your Health
Some health issues and other medical conditions may preclude you from using this procedure to change the appearance of your neck. For example, if you have a bleeding disorder or other condition that could impact your recovery from this procedure, you might not be able to get a neck lift.
How Can I Prepare for My Neck Procedure?
Once you book your procedure, you may receive written materials that provide detailed information about the steps to follow before your appointment. For example, these materials might discuss when you can begin fasting in preparation for your lift. Carefully following the instructions in these materials is a good way to get ready for your neck procedure.
Talking to a Friend
In addition to studying these materials, you might benefit from asking a friend or family member to stay with you for a couple of days. This person could help you cook, do chores around the house, and care for your children or other family members.
Taking Time Off
If you work in an office, you could arrange to take several days off after your appointment is finished. Clearing your schedule and handing off your duties at your job may help you relax when your body is adjusting to your procedure.
What Can I Expect While My Neck Is Recovering From This Procedure?
The improvements that we made during your neck procedure, your health, and other factors, can affect the length of your recovery period. That said, it’s common to take some time off from work while your body is recovering from this procedure.
Resting Your Body
You might be told to follow some instructions as your neck heals. For example, we might give you a special dressing to wear around your chin and head for a day. We might also tell you to avoid lifting heavy objects, engaging in challenging physical activities, or performing other tasks that might disrupt the healing process.
Visiting Our Office
During the next several days after your procedure, we may ask you to visit our office for a check-up. Mr. Salerno can take a look at your neck and analyze how the tissues in this area are responding to your procedure. After about a week, he might remove the stitches in your neck.
How Can I Maintain the Benefits of This Neck Procedure?
Adopting new skincare and lifestyle habits can be an excellent way to extend the benefits of your procedure and keep your neck looking youthful and firm.
Avoid the Sun
Although spending time outside can improve your physical and mental health, the sun sends out ultra-violet rays that can cause your skin to age at a very quick rate. To enjoy parks, beaches, and other natural areas in Melbourne without harming your skin, you might consider using sunscreen when you go outside. Further, you could limit your time in the outdoors when the sun is especially strong.
Care for Your Skin
Using high-quality skincare products that contain strong, purified ingredients may slow the aging process and allow your skin to stay firm and tight for a longer period of time. During your consultation with us, we may suggest specific skincare products that can be used on the skin in your neck.
Adopt Healthy Habits
Large fluctuations in your weight may increase your chances of developing loose skin on your neck. Eating balanced meals, avoiding snacks, and exercising frequently can help you maintain your weight after you receive this procedure.
Can I Combine a Lift With Other Cosmetic Procedures?
If you would like to improve several different features on your body, Mr. Salerno may advise you to receive multiple cosmetic procedures. He can discuss other cosmetic options with you during your initial meeting at our office. Depending on your health and other factors, he could perform these procedures during one appointment or spread out them out over several months.
As you get older, you might notice loose skin and unwanted fat in your eyelids. The skin around your eyes might also begin to sag. These changes in your eyes might make you look consistently tired, sleepy, or upset.
An eyelid procedure, also called a blepharoplasty, can be a good way to minimize the changes in your eyelids. During a blepharoplasty, Mr. Salerno can remove fat from your lower eyelids. He could also tighten sagging skin on your upper and lower eyelids.
If your ears extend too far out from your head, you might consider getting an otoplasty in addition to a neck lift. An otoplasty is a procedure that can be used to move your ears closer to the sides of your head. In addition, this procedure can be a good way to change the shape or size of your ears.
During this procedure, Mr. Salerno might use sutures to bring your ears nearer to the sides of your head. In addition, he could reshape the outer folds in your ears, remove excess cartilage from your ears, or change the symmetry of your ears.
If you have deep lines and wrinkles on your face and neck, you might consider getting a facelift in connection with your neck procedure. A facelift can be used to improve the appearance of wrinkles that are located on your forehead and around your mouth and eyes. This procedure can also be used to change the distribution of your facial fat.
During a facelift, Mr. Salerno might create incisions in your hairline or behind your ears. Putting incisions in these locations can decrease your chances of developing noticeable scars after you recover from this procedure. Next, Mr. Salerno might reposition the skin, fat, and other tissues on your face. These changes can help to decrease your wrinkles and smooth your skin.
Schedule a Consultation
Developing sagging skin and wrinkles on your neck can make you look older than you actually are. A neck lift may be able to firm your loose skin and improve the appearance of the wrinkles on your neck. To learn more about this cosmetic procedure, contact us at Real Cosmetic Plastic Surgery in Moonee Ponds, Victoria to set up your initial consultation with Mr. Salerno.