Attractive And Youthful Appearance
When signs of aging make you feel less than confident, neck lift surgery can create a more attractive and youthful appearance in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Chip Cole and the cosmetic professionals at Oculus Plastic Surgery can tighten the muscles that extend from the lower neck up across the jawline.
The result is a more contoured look you love. Over time, muscles loosen and the area under the chin becomes lax. If this is the case, Dr. Cole may recommend neck liposuction and Platysmaplasty to address the under-chin area. Our experienced staff deeply understands facial anatomy and uses refined skills to create a natural appearance. Schedule a visit to learn if this popular solution might be right for you.
Candidates for neck lift
Candidates for neck lift surgery have visibly loose skin in the lower face and neck region. Loose skin and underlying muscles are usually caused by factors like age and significant weight loss. No matter the reason, you may feel self-conscious about your appearance. If you are at a steady weight but feel challenged by signs of aging, surgery may be a suitable option. Dr. Cole can perform a health assessment and make sure you qualify for this procedure.
Achieve The Best Results
Platysmaplasty is performed through a one-inch incision made just beneath the chin. The platysma muscle is tightened, like a corset, and reattached along the neckline. If liposuction is needed in the neck area, the fat is removed through the same incision. Platysmaplasty involves the neck area only. It does not include the jowls or anything above the jawline. To achieve the best results, a lower facelift can be performed with the Platysmaplasty to smooth the jowls.
Individualized Recovery Plans
Recovery times vary based on the techniques chosen during a consultation, but most Atlanta neck lift patients are back to their normal routines within 2 to 3 weeks. Swelling, bruising, and some discomfort are a normal part of recovery and are alleviated by medications. Oculus Plastic Surgery can create an individualized recovery plan for each patient based on their needs. Patients are encouraged to listen to rest and take things slowly as they recover.
Neck lift surgery can help you attain a rejuvenated appearance with age-defying results. When performed by an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Chip Cole, this procedure can help you look years younger and feel more confident. Get a consultation at Oculus Plastic Surgery in Atlanta, GA, to hear more about these treatments and learn about your options. We're dedicated to your success!
Though some people turn to wrinkle relaxers and dermal fillers to appear more youthful, these methods are temporary and don't create lasting changes. Oculus Plastic Surgery always recommends surgery for patients who want a more significant transformation. Our goal is to lift and tighten sagging muscles to re-contour your jawline.
There's a lot of discussion right now about deep plane and SMAS. Deep plane is a much better technique to free the ligaments and to gently contour and reset the facial and the neck tissues. 95% of plastic surgeons do SMAS surgery, but the more advanced surgeons do what's called deep plane (a more advanced technique), which is underneath the SMAS layer.
When people think about a neck lift, they usually think of it in terms of superficial or deep. Superficial is when you do liposuction and you might tighten the muscle a little bit. Deep plane is when you go under the muscle called the platysma muscle, and you also contour the glands and the muscles under the neck. Most people who have changes in their neck primarily have changes to the deeper structures. So, if you don't do a deep plane neck lift, you won't get a nice tight, youthful jawline.
Many people talk to me about age when they talk about a neck lift. And what's very interesting is that anatomy and structure are more important than age. There are many people who are young, in their 30s, that have a reduced chin and a bulky neck because of glands and muscles that need to be repaired. As a person gets older, gravity does not go to sleep at night when we do. This causes migration of fatty tissues and the development of jowls, which can affect the neck. For this reason, older people always benefit from this procedure. But there are many young people who will never have a nice jawline and neck contour unless they have a Neck Lift.
Those most suitable to receive a neck lift are those who have a bulky neck or who can feel little firm spots on their neck. These firm spots are usually either a submandibular gland or a digastric muscle, and neither one of those will be treated by liposuction or a superficial neck lift.
A Neck Lift is actually less uncomfortable than a superficial one because it doesn't involve as many sensory nerves that are more superficial. It's the swelling and the trauma to the sensory nerves that causes the pain. And when you're contouring the deeper structures, you're not affecting those nerves as much.
Whenever you have a neck lift, there are certain risks involved. When you have a Neck Lift, it's very important to go to someone who has done hundreds of these and has a great deal of experience. You are closer to major vessels and major nerves by doing this procedure. However, the complication rate is not higher because most people doing a Neck Lift are much more experienced in head and neck anatomy and surgery.
Neck lift surgery usually takes several hours to complete, so we recommend scheduling your procedure at a time when you don't have any other pressing engagements in Atlanta, GA. Also, if you're planning to go on vacation, we recommend having your neck lift after the trip. We can advise you further during an assessment.
The healing from a deep plane neck lift is very similar to a superficial approach. The drains are put into the deeper plane because if you have any swelling fluid, you want them to come out of these drains that are about the size of a McDonald's drinking straw, and that makes the healing actually faster. Following a neck lift Atlanta patients are about 85% healed after only one week. In two weeks, you're about 90% healed. So, it heals very quickly in about one to two weeks.
One of the many advantages of this procedure is that it lasts essentially forever. You're not only repairing the muscle layer, the main muscle layer called the platysma, but you're also contouring and repairing the deeper structures. And that's what leads to failure in the neck for a lot of people because they do a superficial neck procedure. As long as you do a deep plane and it's done correctly by somebody who has experience, it should be a permanent procedure.
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