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Dr. Dufresne's expertise and interest in aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery includes cosmetic surgery as well as cancer and congenital reconstruction, which has won him critical acclaim and several awards.

Neck Lift

Cervicoplasty and Platysmaplasty (Neck Lift)| Washington DC | Chevy Chase | FairfaxThe neck lift is usually part of the facelift. Cervicoplasty is the procedure used to remove excess skin that is sagging on the neck. Platysmaplasty is a procedure that removes or alters the neck muscles. Typically, a neck lift will last two to three hours under general anesthesia; if you are having a neck lift in conjunction with other surgeries, the time will vary accordingly. Your exact procedure will depend on your desired results and your own personal circumstances. In order to undergo a neck lift, you must be in good general physical and mental health.

If you have fatty pockets under your chin, liposuction may be used in conjunction with cervicoplasty. A small incision will be made under the chin where the fat is to be removed. The incision will be closed with stitches and will be covered with Steri-Strips or gauze.

If you have weakened or loose neck muscles, this may cause the appearance of neck "bands." To correct this, Dr. Dufresne may propose platysmaplasty surgery. Platysmaplasty is performed by making small incisions under the chin and possibly behind the ears to access the platysma (neck muscle) and manipulate it accordingly. In certain cases, Dr. Dufresne will remove some of the muscle.

After the surgery, you will experience swelling and bruising that can last for several days. You may feel tightness or tingling. It is also common, as it is in most surgeries, to experience numbness. These are all very normal in the first few weeks following surgery and should not be cause for concern.

For questions that are frequently asked about facial procedures, please click here.

Craig R. Dufresne, M.D., F.A.C.S. is conveniently located to serve Arlington, Alexandria, and Fairfax County
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