Getting an Inland Empire Facelift? Do You Really Need a Platysmaplasty, too?

Have you been told you need both a facelift and a platysmaplasty? Inland Empire weather often makes this situation common. The hot, dry, sunny climate accelerates facial aging, so neck banding or turkey neck often accompany the jowls, deep nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and other signs of aging we frequently see here in Inland Empire.

If you need a facelift and have an aging neck, is a platysmaplasty or neck lift always required? No. In fact, the right Inland Empire facelift can often leave you with a smoother, younger-looking neck. Here, Dr. Brian Machida of Second to Creation Plastic Surgery discusses your facelift options.

Platysmaplasty is Often Needed with a SMAS Facelift

Most facelifts offered in the U.S. use the SMAS facelift technique. The SMAS (superficial muscular aponeurotic system) is primarily a network of connective tissue between the facial skin and the muscle layer below. Surgeons performing the SMAS facelift tighten that tissue about a quarter of an inch by either cutting out a diagonal strip or making a diagonal fold, then suturing the sections above and below together. The effect lifts the lower face, eliminating marionette lines, jowls, deep lines, and many wrinkles.

It’s important to address the neck when rejuvenating the face. After all, combining a younger-looking face with an older-looking neck doesn’t really make you look much younger. While the SMAS is connected to your neck’s platysma muscles, tightening the SMAS has little effect on neck banding or a turkey neck. If you have these conditions, you’ll also need a platysmaplasty, also known as a neck lift. However, a platysmaplasty carries risks you’ll want to consider.

Risks of Platysmaplasty (Neck Lift)

Every medical decision requires you to weigh benefits against risks. Finding ways to get the benefits you want while reducing or eliminating risks is usually a very good strategy.

Dr. Machida has performed many platysmaplasty procedures over the years. It’s often a safe surgery. Nevertheless, there are definite risks you need to consider. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons lists several risks, including:

  • Skin irregularities and discoloration
  • Skin loss
  • Increased bleeding risk
  • Hematomas (blood and fluid buildup under the skin)
  • Sutures that spontaneously surface through the skin, become visible, or produce irritation and require removal

A platysmaplasty can also result in excessive fat loss under the skin. This will make your neck muscles highly visible, which is not attractive. Is there a facelift procedure that eliminates a turkey neck, smoothing your neck without these risks? Fortunately, there is.

A Facelift That Smooths Your Neck without a Platysmaplasty in Inland Empire

In Inland Empire, there’s only one facelift procedure that can rejuvenate your neck without the risks of platysmplasty—the deep plane facelift. The deep plane facelift can help you look significantly younger than a SMAS facelift, and it can smooth your neck without a platysmaplasty.

The Inland Empire deep plane facelift works by releasing strategic ligaments connecting the SMAS layer to the underlying muscles. Your surgeon works through small incisions in front of your ears. They will lift your face in a diagonal direction tightening the SMAS and your facial skin. The lifting effect is much further forward than with the SMAS facelift. The deep plane procedure also firms your platysma muscles both diagonally and vertically. Your surgeon will then reattach the ligaments at higher points.

In many cases, the deep plane facelift eliminates turkey neck and neck banding without a platysmaplasty. You’ll only lose neck fat that you want to lose, so there’s little chance of your neck muscles becoming visible under the skin. There’s no risk of sutures coming to the surface of your neck because there are no sutures in your neck.

The deep plane facelift can give you the benefits of a neck lift without the added risks. However, if you have more loose skin on your neck than this procedure can fix, an experienced facial plastic surgeon can perform a more limited “mini plat” procedure in conjunction with your deep plane facelift. This combined procedure eliminates the turkey neck under your chin while the deep plane facelift improves the rest of your neck. This procedure reduces the risks of a full platysmaplasty while still ensuring all the benefits.

Could a Facelift That Smooths Your Neck without Platysmaplasty Benefit You?

Many plastic and facial plastic surgeons primarily offer the SMAS facelift, despite its limitations. As I discussed in “Nasolabial Folds – Can You Improve Smile Lines for Years?” on LookYounger.News, not all surgeons who provide the deep plane facelift perform the procedure to its fullest potential.

To get a deep plane facelift that truly improves your neck without platysmaplasty in Inland Empire, you’ll want a board-certified facial plastic surgeon or a board-certified plastic surgeon who focuses primarily on the face and neck. Once you locate one, find out how many facelifts they’ve performed. Ask if they offer the deep plane facelift and if their procedure can greatly smooth your neck without a neck lift.

Next, review their Before and After photos of deep plane facelifts. Did they achieve the kind of results you want? Ask exactly which procedures their patients received. Once you’ve done your research and chosen a skilled surgeon, you can avoid undesirable side effects and get results you’ll enjoy for years.

Choosing Dr. Machida as Your Inland Empire Deep Plane Facelift Provider

I’ve performed 6,000 facelifts in my career. I’m excited about what deep plane facelifts can offer my patients. If you’d like to discuss which facelift method will work best for you, come see me for a free consultation at Second to Creation Plastic Surgery.

To learn more about deep plane facelifts in the Inland Empire during your consultation with Dr. Machida, call Second to Creation at (800) 303-9541 or contact us online.