Deep Plane Neck Lift
A Deep Plane Neck lift like a Deep Plane Facelift involves operating deep to the muscles on the neck. The neck muscle is the platysma. Dr Jack Zoumaras over 10 years experience on face and neck lifting involves multiple steps (over 10) to delineate and define the neck line. Deep Neck Lift involves pre and post platysma removal. Digastric muscle trimming and submandibular gland trimming to achieve or gain a 90 degree cervico mental angle.
A Deep plane neck lift is a type of cosmetic surgery that focuses on improving the appearance of the neck area. It is designed to address issues such as sagging skin, excess fat, and loose muscles in the neck and jawline.
During the procedure, the surgeon makes an incision around the ears and jawline, and then lifts and repositions the skin, fat, and muscle tissue beneath the skin to create a smoother and more defined jawline and neck.
This technique is called a “deep plane” lift because it involves working with the deeper layers of tissue, rather than just the superficial layers.
Deep Plane Neck Lift Benefits and Risks
The benefits of a deep plane neck lift include a defined, improved jawline, and reduced signs of aging in the neck area. It can also improve the overall balance and proportion of the face.
However, like any surgical procedure, a deep plane neck lift does involve some risks and potential complications, such as bleeding, infection, scarring, and nerve damage. It is important to choose a qualified and experienced surgeon and to carefully weigh the risks and benefits before deciding to undergo this type of procedure.
Dr. Jack Zoumaras offers a neck lift procedure that focuses on defining the neckline for patients with looseness and fullness in the neck area alone, while maintaining an overall good cheek and jawline contour. This procedure, known as the Deep Necklift, reworks the deep muscle layers and fibrous tissue of the neck through a single incision hidden in the crease behind the chin, making it an “inconspicuous” procedure.
The ideal candidates are those with very good skin elasticity and without significant crepey or loose skin, between the ages of 20-50, non-smokers, in good health, and with a BMI of 31 or under. Patients with a more full or round face may also benefit from a buccal fat pad reduction to slim the cheeks and face.
During the consultation, Dr. Jack Zoumaras will examine the patient’s neck to determine if the procedure is suitable and identify specific issues that need to be addressed for optimal results. The Deep Neck Lift procedure is performed under general anesthesia, and patients must prepare ahead of time by filling prescriptions, completing any required testing, and arranging for an adult to stay with them overnight after the surgery.
It is commonly believed that an undefined neckline is only caused by advanced age; however, this is not entirely accurate. Many patients have never had a defined neckline, even from an early age. Consequently, patients in their 20s and 30s may experience the effects of neck aging sooner than their peers, but their jawline contour remains defined.
Typically, individuals aged 20-50 with minimal skin laxity, no jowling, non-smokers, in good health, and with a BMI of 31 or below make the best candidates for the Deep Necklift. For optimal treatment, this procedure is often combined with buccal fat pad reduction. Some patients have a fuller or rounder face due to larger buccal fat pads, commonly known as “chipmunk cheeks.” This procedure is designed to slim down the cheeks and face. The buccal fat pads are small walnut-sized fat deposits deep in the cheeks, located just behind the corner of the mouth. An incision is made on each side of the mouth to access the pad from inside, and the pad is excised. Finally, the incision is closed using dissolvable sutures.
When you come in for a consultation regarding a Deep Necklift, Dr. Jack Zoumaras will begin by asking you to describe the aspects of your neck that you find bothersome. He may also inquire about related areas of your face, including your skin tone, facial hollowing, or cheek position. Additionally, Dr. Jack Zoumaras will request that you point out specifically what changes you would like to see. This precise identification of areas to be addressed is critical in achieving optimal results.
After reviewing your medical history form, Dr. Jack Zoumaras may ask you to provide more information. It is especially important to disclose any current or past smoking habits or use of nicotine products, such as e-cigarettes, gum, or patches, as nicotine can significantly impede the healing process. He will also pay close attention to any parts of your medical history that may impact the necklifting surgery, such as uncontrolled high blood pressure, bleeding disorders, or medications and supplements that may thin the blood. It is important to have a comprehensive discussion with Dr. Jack Zoumaras regarding these matters.
After your initial consultation with Dr. Jack Zoumaras, he will assess your neck to determine if you are a suitable candidate for the procedure and to identify the specific areas that need to be addressed for optimal results. Depending on the extent of aging changes and the presence of skin wrinkles, some patients may require a laser treatment to improve the texture of their skin. Additionally, some patients may wish to explore other facial features, such as the eyelids, brows, chin, or earlobe areas, to achieve a more balanced outcome. Dr. Jack Zoumaras will discuss these options with you to ensure they align with your personal aesthetic goals.
Deep Neck Lift Procedure
Dr. Jack Zoumaras uses a concealed incision under the chin to perform a comprehensive neck procedure. By operating on the fat, muscle, and gland layers beneath the platysma muscle, he can change the appearance of your neck. In addition, he can tighten any looseness in the platysma muscle. The incision is then carefully closed after the deep reshaping has been completed and the skin has been repositioned. If necessary, Dr. Zoumaras can also remove any excess “chipmunk cheek” fullness from inside the mouth during the procedure.
Deep Neck Lift Recovery
Deep Neck Lift Results
In the upcoming weeks and months after your Deep Necklift procedure, you will notice a gradual reduction in the visibility of the incision line, which is concealed behind your chin. During the initial stages of healing, the incision line may appear pink, but this can be easily covered with regular makeup. Within 3-4 months, the pinkness typically fades away, and the incision line begins to blend with the surrounding skin.
The longevity of the results achieved from a Deep Necklift varies depending on factors such as genetics, lifestyle, and ongoing skin care and sun protection. However, in general, this type of procedure is quite durable. While patients may seek treatment for other areas of the face such as the cheeks, eyes, or jowls as they continue to age, the area beneath the chin is unlikely to require deep reshaping again. Other procedures would be more suitable for treating those areas.