There are many “flavors” of necklifts. At PSA, we offer several noninvasive options, and some very effective minimally invasive options. We have been performing research on ways to make lax skin and soft tissue shrink up – without having to cut it out – for five years. The ground-breaking research has resulted in the development of minimally invasive methods of tightening lax skin and soft tissue.
A necklift can do many things, depending on what bothers you most. Noninvasive treatments can tighten flabby tissue, and fractional laser can give you mild skin tightening. Minimally invasive procedures, such as radio-frequency tissue lightening with liposuction, can create more dramatic improvement, with minimal down time and scarring. However, if you have muscle bands under the chin, these will be more prominent, unless a platysmaplasty is also performed.
Noninvasive neck treatments require zero recovery time and although minor bruising may occur, it is very rare. For minimally invasive procedures, such as a fractional laser, there is typically 3 to 4 days of recovery time. For a radio-frequency assisted necklift, a patient will need 3 to 7 days to recover, depending on the severity. Traditional necklifts typically require 7 to 10 days before returning to work, with no excessive activity for 6 weeks.
All necklift treatments have the same lasting effect. Noninvasive neck treatments require multiple sessions, and have a little less effect. Traditional surgery effects are very long lasting. The effects of radio-frequency assisted tissue tightening continue to improve for up to one year. The effects peak at 3 to 6 months, but about 10% more tightening will be seen up to the one year point. Radio-frequency assisted tightening can be used in place of surgery for those patients who have had a previous facelift and do not want to undergo surgery again.