In younger patients and especially in men, a neck lift can be an isolated but powerful intervention capable of reshaping angles and revitalizing the neck area. However for the majority of patients, neck rejuvenation is usually integrated with a facelift in order to improve the overall aesthetic outcome.
As there are so many anatomical variations of the neck, the most effective type of procedure required depends on numerous factors including skin elasticity, fat distribution (superficial and subplatysmal), muscle tone (platysma bands), and the jaw angle and chin projection of the patient.
Neck laxity is addressed with liposuction followed by plication of the platysma muscle (a core muscle of the neck). Dr Papageorgiou uses a technique that employs deeper tension vectors and tightens the platysma on each side of the neck (posterior corset platysmaplasty), thereby restoring the definition of the neck and jaw. The use of non-invasive energy devices (ultrasound and radiofrequency waves) can be used alongside surgery or as an alternative procedure for those with mild degrees of neck laxity. These non-invasive approaches can reshape the neck area, by tightening the platysma muscle and boosting collagen production.