Addressing weakened or loose neck muscles, this cosmetic procedure essentially tightens up the flesh under the jaw line. Age as well as weight loss can result in a sagging or fleshy neck. Outcomes are a completely natural look when wearing more revealing clothing. This simple procedure can drastically improve the overall look of the neck line as well as give the impression that the patient has lost weight. Typically, the procedure lasts between one and two hours.
For fat removal only, liposuction is used. Loose neck muscles can be corrected by making incisions under the chin and behind the ears; this allows the surgeon to access the neck muscle (platysma) and alter it accordingly. Like browplasty, some muscle may be removed to attain the desired look. The removal of excess skin may also be necessary to tighten up the neck line.
Depending on the complexity of the surgery and techniques used, recovery times can vary. With liposuction, compression bandages may be used in the days following the surgery. Within a few days, light activities can be resumed, but anything strenuous is not recommended for two weeks.