With age, the neck skin becomes droopy and saggy because the underlying muscle becomes stretched, thinner and weaker.
It is a real problem to many men and women, and the surgical treatment involves tightening the underlying muscle called a platisma. When this muscle is tightened and positioned in the correct place, the overlying skin is also rejuvenated because it’s stretched in the correct place.
This procedure is often carried out at the same time as a facelift, and for most neck lifts the actual incisions are very similar to a facelift to achieve the tightening needed. Essentially, platisma is exposed enough to allow the diversification (splitting/spreading apart in the midline) to be brought together, like you’re closing a curtain.
A small, very discrete scar, within the creaseline under the chin, will result from this. At the same time, the outer part of the platisma is also exposed by a facelift-life incision. This allows the outer part of the curtain to be tightened.
This results in a rejuvenated neck.
This procedure is safely performed as a day case using local anaesthetic and sedation at The Westbourne Centre.
How is the risk of infection during surgery minimised?
Infection is prevented by the appropriate surgical technique. This means very strict sterility of instruments and the technique has to be meticulous. The environment and correct theatre air flow conditions are very important and there are very strict safeguard controls concerning this. We also reduce infection rates by making sure that the patient is fit and healthy and is MRSA negative pre operatively.
In terms of after care/follow up/complications such as seroma, bleeding, infection, what would be the costs involved?
These would be dealt with free of charge.
What makes a good cosmetic surgeon?
This is a complex question in reality. Firstly a cosmetic surgeon must be a good doctor. Cosmetic surgery should be no different from any other form of healthcare delivery. To be a good cosmetic surgeon one should have had thorough training. Experience and judgement are the keys. Also an ability to have the emotional intelligence required to fully understand the needs and expectations of the patient and to make sure that there is no mismatch with what is possible.
Can I see before and after pictures of patients considering the same procedure?
Most certainly! During consultation I am happy to share before and after photos with you of people who have had the same procedure(s) you are considering. By doing this during the consultation, and in person, I have the opportunity to relate the example specifically to your situation, highlighting outcomes and helping with expectations.
How much does a private consultation cost?
An initial consultation with me costs £100 and is conducted at The Westbourne Centre.