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About The Deep Plane Neck Lift

Opting for a deep plane neck lift in Tampa means you are considering a significant and advanced approach to rejuvenate your neck area. This technique allows Dr. Buchanan to access the deeper layers of your neck's musculature, which can lead to more pronounced and longer-lasting outcomes. The procedure is typically recommended for individuals with significant signs of aging who seek a dramatic improvement in their neck’s appearance.

What Are The Benefits Of A Deep-Plane Neck Lift

  • Comprehensive Rejuvenation: Targets the deeper layers of your neck, improving sagging skin and muscles.
  • Long-lasting Results: Since it works on structural layers, the improvements are more durable than other procedures.
  • Contoured Jawline: Helps define your jawline, giving you a youthful and sculpted look.
  • Smoothed Neck Lines: Reduces wrinkles and creases, leaving a smoother neck appearance.
  • Correcting Muscle Banding: Alleviates the appearance of vertical neck bands, enhancing the overall neck contour.
  • Improved Profile: Refines the angle between your chin and neck.
  • Strategic Incision Placement: Incisions are often concealed within the hairline or natural skin folds.
  • Reduced Recovery Time: Although it varies by individual, recovery time is generally faster than more invasive surgeries.
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Deep Plane Neck Lift Before & After

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Am I A Good Candidate For A Deep Plane Neck Lift?

Candidates typically exhibit some common characteristics:

  • Age-Related Changes: You may notice sagging skin, muscle banding, or fat accumulation in the neck area.
  • Skin Elasticity: Ideal candidates have a measure of skin elasticity, which allows for better contouring.
  • Overall Health: You should be in good general health, with no medical conditions that impede healing.
  • Realistic Expectations: It's crucial to have a clear understanding of the potential results and limitations.
  • Non-Smokers: Smoking can impair healing and results, so non-smokers are preferred candidates.

You may not be suited for a deep plane neck lift in Tampa if you:

  • Have a significant health condition that affects healing.
  • Are unable to take time off for recovery.
  • Have a body mass index (BMI) that is significantly high.

Before surgery, Dr. Buchananan will evaluate your medical history, overall health, and the condition of your skin and underlying structures. You’ll discuss your goals and determine if a deep plane neck lift aligns with your expectations and health status.

Surgical Technique

Anesthesia and Incisions

Before the procedure begins, you will be administered anesthesia to ensure your comfort. Dr. Buchanana will determine the type of anesthesia used. Incisions are typically made around the ears and under the chin to grant access to the underlying tissues without leaving noticeable scars.

Closure and Dressing

Finally, incisions are meticulously closed using sutures to minimize scarring. Proper dressing is applied to support the neck during the initial healing process. After the surgery, you will be given specific instructions for care to ensure optimal recovery.

Deep Plane Dissection

Once the incisions are made, Dr. Buchanan performs a deep plane dissection where your neck's skin and deeper layers are carefully separated. He will target specific muscles and tissues for repositioning to improve the contour of your neck.

During this phase, strategic tightening of the muscles, specifically the platysma, is performed to enhance neck definition. After repositioning and tightening muscles, the overlying skin is redraped smoothly, ensuring a natural and rejuvenated appearance.

What Will My Deep Plane Neck Lift Recovery Look Like?

Recovering from a deep plane neck lift involves specific postoperative care and regular check-ins with Dr. Buchanan.

Immediate Postoperative Instructions

  • Limit Movement: Keep your head and neck still and elevated; avoid turning or twisting your neck for the first few days after surgery.
  • Cold Compresses: Apply these gently to reduce swelling, but do not put pressure on the surgical area.

Monitoring and Follow-Up Visits

  • First Week: Typically, you'll have a follow-up visit within the first week to assess initial healing and remove any sutures.
  • Ongoing Check-ups: Schedule additional visits at the intervals Dr. Buchanan recommends to monitor your recovery progress.

Expected Recovery Timeline

  • First 24 Hours: Expect to rest with minimal activity. Assistance may be required for personal care.
  • First 2 Weeks: Most swelling and bruising will begin to subside. Return to light daily activities is possible.
  • After 1 Month: The most noticeable signs of surgery will dissipate, and you may resume your regular activities.
  • 3 to 6 Months: Final results should become apparent, with continued subtle improvements.

Managing Complications

  • Signs to Watch For: Report any excessive swelling, bleeding, or signs of infection to us immediately.
  • Medication: Follow Dr. Buchanan's instructions and take any prescribed antibiotics or pain relief. 
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How Long Will My Deep Plane Neck Lift Results Last?

A deep plane neck lift is considered one of the most durable neck lift procedures. Your results can last 10-15 years, predominantly due to the technique's focus on repositioning deeper layers of muscle and tissue rather than just tightening the skin. These deeper structural changes provide a more long-lasting effect compared to traditional neck lifts.

Individual results may vary based on factors like:

  • Age: Younger patients may enjoy longer-lasting results.
  • Skin Quality: Elastic and healthy skin often retains results better.
  • Lifestyle: Habits such as smoking or excessive sun exposure can shorten the lifespan of your results.

To maximize the longevity of your deep plane neck lift:

  1. Follow post-operative care instructions carefully.
  2. Maintain a stable weight; significant fluctuations can affect the skin’s elasticity.
  3. Protect your skin from the sun with high-SPF sunscreen.
  4. Invest in routine skin care; moisturize and consider professional treatments to support skin health.

While the immediate postoperative changes can be quite dramatic, it's essential to have realistic expectations. Over time, your neck will naturally age, but the improvements from your procedure should still leave you with a more youthful appearance than if you had not had the surgery at all.

How Much Does A Deep Plane Neck Lift Cost?

The cost of a deep plane neck lift can vary widely based on several factors, such as geographical location, the surgeon’s expertise, and the complexity of the procedure. Generally, you can expect the price range to be as follows:

  • Average Cost: Starting at $13,000.
  • Surgeon's Fees: Account for a significant portion of the cost.
  • Facility Costs: Include operating room expenses.
  • Anesthesia Fees: Varied based on time under anesthesia.

Additional Expenses to Consider:

  • Pre-operative medical tests
  • Post-surgery garments
  • Follow-up appointments
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Finding The Right Plastic Surgeon For Your Neck Lift 

When seeking a deep plane neck lift specialist, prioritizing the surgeon's qualifications is imperative. Begin your search by ensuring the surgeon is certified by a reputable board. Board certification signifies that the surgeon has successfully undergone rigorous training that extends significantly beyond their initial medical degree.

  • Board Certification: Look for a surgeon with American Board of Plastic Surgery certification.
  • Years of Experience: Seek a professional with a robust background in plastic surgery.
  • Specialization: Confirm that the surgeon has specific expertise in deep-plane neck lift procedures.
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Why Choose Vivify For Your Deep-Plane Neck Lift?

When contemplating a deep plane neck lift, it is crucial to select a facility that stands out for its personalized care and professional expertise. At VIVIFY Plastic Surgery & Medspa, exceptional patient-centered care is the cornerstone of our practice. We offer customized treatment plans, starting with a personal consultation to understand your unique needs.

Choosing Vivify means choosing professional expertise. Dr. Buchanan is a board-certified specialist with 12 years of rigorous medical training and over nine years dedicated to plastic surgery practice. He focuses on building enduring patient rapport and continuous future care beyond a single procedure.

Our goal is not to transform daily life but to enhance self-assurance in personal and professional spheres. Your typical days can become more vibrant, complemented by the assurance that comes from refined aesthetics achieved by professionals who value enduring connections and high-quality service.

When you’re ready to learn more, contact us to schedule your deep-plane neck lift consultation. We look forward to hearing from you!

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