The Anterior Neck Lift, properly called an Anterior Cervicoplasty, is a surgical procedure that involves an anterior (from the front) approach to correct the “turkey gobbler” caused by laxity of the skin and muscle under the chin. This is carried out by removing the excess skin and fat and by closing and tightening the muscle bands of the front of the neck that contribute to the unsightly “turkey neck” appearance that develops with age.
This procedure is a very good option for people with bagginess of the skin, muscle and fat under the chin area (turkey neck). Excellent correction is achieved by removing and tightening the tissues via an incision from the front without interfering with the normal drape and appearance of the rest of the neck.
With this procedure there are no tell-tale scars around the ears and hairline nor any abnormal pull lines of the skin. Consequently, the results last a very long time because there is no tension on the skin of the neck. This is different from a posterior neck lift which is the one that is normally done at the same time as a face lift procedure where the approach is from around the ears and hairline. Unlike the anterior approach, the posterior one pulls the tissues backward from the front of the neck and this may result in pull lines (sweep lines) in some cases, and results do not last as long because there is significant skin tension.
The procedure is performed very comfortably under a combination of sedation and local anaesthesia. General anaesthesia is not required. It takes 2-3 hours to perform and involves a vertical incision in the midline below the chin to excise the unwanted skin and fat layers. A platysmaplasty procedure is also performed to approximate and tighten the loose platysma muscle bands that occur as this muscle in the front of the neck separates with age. This adds to the firm contoured appearance after the procedure
Downtime after the procedure involves the time taken for skin to heal and time for any swelling and bruising to resolve. Sutures will be removed after 7-14 days, you will need to wear a compression garment for 2 weeks full-time, and then at night for another 4-6 weeks.
You can resume gentle activity after the sutures are removed, and gradually increase to higher impact activities to tolerance after this.
Once the incision is well healed the scar is usually barely visible.
Most concerns have more than one course of treatment. Feel free to contact us so one of our team can discuss options for your unique concern.