Platysma plasty may be called “the removal of a double chin”, because the surgeon removes fatty tissue and excessive skin beneath the chin. Deposition of fat beneath the chin is often the combination of genetic predisposition and aging. The skin under the chin may sag and the fatty tissue remain unaffected after weight loss or excessive fat under the chin may become disturbing and unattractive with a substantial weight gain.
People who usually seek platysma plasty are 40 year old and older.
The surgery lasts for 1 to 2 hours. It is usually performed under light sedation anaesthesia. The patient may go home in the evening following the surgery.
For the best results, we recommend to have a manual lymphatic massage before and after the surgery. Manual lymphatic massage can be done in ArtiaClinic.
Each surgical procedure is an interference to the complex human body and comes with some uncertainty and risks. With each surgery there will be some pain and swelling, scars, the risk of an infection, the probability of lowered skin sensitivity and bad reactions to medications or medical materials used.
Each surgical intervention is inevitably accompanied by scars. The scars, which are initially pink and higher than the surface of the skin, become whitish with time and disappear in 6 to 12 months.
Due to the particularities of some patients’ organisms, so-called keloid or hypertrophic tissue may grow into the scar area. Due to the keloid tissue the scars may be not so smooth and flat. Recovery of the scars may be greatly facilitated by using a special wound cream. Conspicuous scars can be corrected with hormone injections or a corrective surgery.
Haematomas and swelling
If the wounds continue to bleed excessively beneath the skin, haematomas or haemorrhages develop. If necessary, drains are temporarily placed in the wound area, to decrease haematomas.
Swelling greatly increases during the first 24 hours after surgery and it remains substantial for about another five days. Afterwards it slowly starts to decrease and disappears in 2 to 3 weeks.
Necrosis of skin
In some cases, circulatory problems arising from the tension of skin may cause blisters, redness and on a small scale, even necrosis of skin. Necrosis of skin prolongs the healing of wounds and as a result, the shape and size of scars deteriorate. In that case, a need for corrective procedures may arise.