NECK LIFT TECHNIQUES
There are various combinations of techniques that can be employed in a neck lift in Sonoma County. These techniques can be done in four ways, depending on your individual needs. With the use of computer imaging, Dr. Delgado will assist you in selecting the best procedure that fits your needs at this stage of your aging process.
The first approach is liposuction only. This is a good technique for a young person with a fat deposit under his/her chin but with good skin elasticity and no platysma banding. Liposuction does not lift the neck, though it gives that appearance. By extracting fat content below the chin and good contractility of the skin, the skin will contract upward, re-drape around the chin area, and a classic, youthful jawline will emerge.
LIPOSUCTION AND TIGHTENING OF THE PLATYSMA
The second technique is liposuction and tightening of the platysma. The platysma is a muscle that runs from the chin to the neck and then down towards the chest. Over time, it becomes loose, appearing as fine cords that visibly protrude from beneath the neck skin. The platysmaplasty technique will re-approximate these muscles to create a smooth contour of the neck and an attractive, defined angle between the jaw and the neck region. This procedure will reduce the fat component of the neck and tighten the superficial neck muscles.
LIPOSUCTION, PLATYSMAPLASTY & MASTOID SUTURE
The third type encompasses liposuction, platysmaplasty, and the placement of a mastoid suture. This stay suture runs from the midline of the neck at the neck crease to attachment just behind the ear. Its purpose is to increase the jaw definition and create a more sleek neck-jaw contour by giving it additional support. This is not a long-lasting suture but creates definition, and some scar tissue is created to hold the skin’s position.
LIPOSUCTION, PLATYSMAPLASTY, MASTOID SUTURE & SKIN EXCISION
The fourth type includes liposuction, platysmaplasty, stay suture, and a skin excision from behind the ear and into the hairline. This is performed with a patient who has redundant skin in the lower neck area and would like additional skin tightening. If the neck laxity is too severe, Dr. Delgado will suggest a lower facelift to achieve the most natural appearance.