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Neck lift (platysmoplasty)

by one of the best plastic surgeons in Kyiv - Andrei Kharkov

Neck lift (platysmoplasty) is a surgical intervention that corrects age-related changes in the neck area.

Flabby skin on the neck is very age-giving and brings a lot of aesthetic discomfort to women.

Laxity and loss of skin tone is a consequence of a physiological process of aging or a sharp weight loss and is perfectly amenable to correction with the help of this operation.

Surgical intervention on the neck lift can be performed as a separate operation, and in combination with a face lift.

The main objectives of the neck lift surgery are: improving the contour of the lower third of the face, profiled plastic (changing the angle of the chin and the neck), removing the sagging neck skin and excess fatty deposits.



  • the presence of the “second chin”;
  • local fatty neck deposits;
  • age-related skin changes in the neck area as a result of tonus loss and skin elasticity;
  • divergence of edges of subcutaneous muscle of the neck.


At the meeting, we will discuss your medical history, especially as regards previous injuries (damages), allergic reactions and previous plastic surgeries, if any.

Examination before conducting neck lift begins with a detection of the degree of age-related changes of skin, its structure and colour are also evaluated.

We will consider in detail all the problems that you are experiencing because of age-related changes in the neck, which, you think, are undesirable and must be corrected.

After examining external neck characteristics, we will discuss in detail your wishes and on how much, in our opinion, the operation will meet them.

Also you will be informed about all the details of upcoming platysmoplasty, its duration, rehabilitation period and possible complications.


  • When preparing for platysmoplasty, medical examination is mandatory to determine possible contraindications to the operation. And preoperative photographs are also taken. Before the operation, we will thoroughly analyze these images, and we will use them together with the data obtained after the examination to compile an individual operation plan.
  • 14 days before the surgery, you should stop taking aspirin and aspirin-containing medications because they affect normal blood clotting. If you are in doubt about any preparation, carefully read the instructions on the label or consult our clinic. Tell us about all the drugs that you will take before surgery.
  • Also, two weeks before the surgery, it is necessary to give up cigarettes or minimize their number, since nicotine leads to the reduction of blood vessels and can worsen blood circulation in tissues during and after the surgery.
  • 7 days before the operation, it is necessary to exclude from a diet spicy and fatty dishes, as well as to stop drinking alcohol.
  • Do not eat or drink 8 hours before the surgery. For safe anesthesia, your stomach should be completely empty before surgery.
  • On the day of the surgery, wear comfortable, loose clothes that will not need to be removed through the head.


  • After discharge from the clinic, you will receive recommendations on the use of painkillers and antibiotics. Strictly follow their instructions.
  • The first 2-3 days patients should sleep with a slightly raised head. Elevated head position minimizes postoperative edema and discomfort.
  • During the first 10 days it is necessary to wear a special ellast circular bandage.
  • Sutures are removed within 12-14 days after the surgery.
  • Within 2 weeks you should give up cigarettes, nicotine worsens blood circulation in tissues and as a result increases the rehabilitation period.
  • Do not exercise for 3 weeks after the operation, which requires a lot of physical activity. In order to minimize the chance of the postoperative complication, avoid such actions as low slopes or lifting of weights, and also the position when the head is below the body level.
  • After platysmoplasty, it is not recommended to fly for 2 weeks on airplanes, and 4 weeks – to visit sauna or swimming pool, and during one month it is forbidden to dye your hair.
  • Be sure to let us know if after the discharge from hospital discomfort or bleeding increases, also if you shiver and have the temperature above 38 degrees Celsius.
  • During the operation, there is a partial trauma of small nerves that are in skin, so sensitivity in some areas of your face skin will be restored only after a few weeks, sometimes even months.
  • During the rehabilitation period, food rich in vitamins and microelements should be included into the diet.


  • During the postoperative period, development of general surgical complications and corresponding complications of this operation is possible. The risk of the onset of the first (suppuration, bleeding, thrombophlebitis, thromboembolism) is reduced through an appropriate preoperative examination and, if necessary, through the medicinal preparation.
  • Under skin, blood (hematoma) and tissue fluid (seroma) can be accumulated, and hardenings (scars) can also be formed in adipose tissue. They gradually dissolve within several weeks and even months.
  • In cases of severe skin nutrition disorders, its partial death (necrosis) is possible with subsequent scarring.
  • Persistent decrease or absence of sensitivity in the field of surgical intervention.

All of the above-mentioned complications after platysmoplasty are exceptions that arise periodically despite the leading standards in surgical practice. We have outlined them for the purpose of informing you properly and in no way intimidating.

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