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Neck Lift Surgery (Platysmaplasty or Cervicoplasty) – Dartmouth, MA

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About Neck Lift Surgery

Do you wear turtlenecks or scarves the whole year to hide the loose, flabby skin on your neck? Plastic surgeon Dr. Caroline Plamondon offers neck lift surgery at her office in Dartmouth, MA to improve the appearance of an aging neck. This cosmetic surgery recontours and reshapes the section beneath your chin and the entire neck to remove a "double chin" or "turkey neck." By removing the excess skin and fat while introducing a tightening method to create a softer neckline, this procedure at Caroline J. Plamondon, M.D. Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery can provide striking enhancements to your profile. Before you call to schedule your consultation, read below to learn more about neck lift surgery and the amazing results it can produce.

Ideal Candidates

Patients desiring neck lift surgery generally have visibly loose, hanging skin in the neck region. This loose skin deformity is generally caused by several factors, including major weight loss and aging. Regardless of the reason, sagging neck skin creates an unflattering look, which can only be corrected with skin removal and tightening. If you are at a healthy weight, but you feel challenged by lines, wrinkles, and hanging skin on the neck, a neck lift may be a suitable option.

Surgical Technique

During neck lift treatment, general anesthesia is used. An incision is placed behind or in front of your ears, and another one may be placed under your chin. If pockets of fat exist, fat removal with liposuction would first be performed. Following that, any loose skin will be removed and the remaining skin will be pulled tight. This technique is performed until the desired shape and contour has been attained. Although sutures are used, scarring should not be seen since they reside under your chin. In addition, other nonsurgical options can help the surface, such as a chemical peel or laser skin resurfacing, to create a soft and smooth appearance.

What to Expect

After a neck lift treatment, there will likely be some bruising, swelling, and moderate discomfort, but these effects will fade within a week or two. You should rest and avoid strenuous movements and activities for 2 – 3 weeks to assist in the recovery. During this time, fitted tops should be avoided. You should see visible results almost immediately. In fact, it has been said that the neck lift treatment can make one of the biggest impacts on a person's profile, shaving years off of their appearance.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a neck lift cost?
The cost of your neck lift can be discussed during your initial consultation with Dr. Plamondon. Once she has created your personal treatment plan, she can estimate costs for the facility, anesthesia, and more. To help make your neck lift affordable, Caroline J. Plamondon, M.D. Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery accepts many payment methods and we can give you information on low-interest medical financing.

What about nonsurgical options?
Surgery is the only way to remove loose skin, especially if it hangs or droops. While there are some nonsurgical skin tightening treatments that can produce some improvements, surgery is the most effective solution to smooth and redefine the contours of your neck. 

Will I have visible scars?
A neck lift does require an incision under the chin and two more near the ears. However, these are placed so they are very difficult for others to see. Dr. Plamondon makes every effort during your surgery to minimize visible scarring. You will also be given scar care instructions that will help your incisions to heal properly so they are thin and flat.

Can I combine a neck lift with other facial surgeries?
During your initial consultation, you can mention that you may be considering another procedure, such as a facelift or a chin implant, in addition to a neck lift. It is common for these additional procedures to be combined to achieve the best results. If you have any concerns about a weak chin or undefined jawline, talk to Dr. Plamondon so she can create a comprehensive treatment plan.

Should I get a neck lift or liposuction?
Depending on your needs and goals, you may consider combining a neck lift with surgical liposuction. This can help if you have both excess skin and stubborn pockets of fat in your neck. Dr. Plamondon will help you decide whether a neck lift, liposuction, or both should be part of your treatment plan during your consultation.

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Great NeckLines

Say goodbye to your "turkey neck" look and attain the firm and smooth neck you deserve. If you are self-conscious about folds and wrinkles on your neck, we invite you to contact Caroline J. Plamondon, M.D. Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery in Dartmouth, MA to speak with a patient coordinator. Neck lift treatment by Dr. Plamondon has changed the lives of so many patients. We look forward to sharing this exciting cosmetic surgery with you.

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