Male facial surgery presents the surgeon with several challenges. The hairline tends to be higher,
with the hair being shorter and thinner. This makes placing scars more difficult and can
compromise the vector of pull. The hairline may not be stable, and with advancing years the
hairline may recede. The beard may help or hinder scar placement. Conventional techniques may
be used, with scars being placed around the ears and within the hairline.
At consultation, the various options for scar placement will be discussed with you; with the pros
and cons of each approach made clear. The principles of surgery are the same as for the female
facelift discussed above.
Another option for a man who is more concerned about the neck area is a Z plasty neck lift.
There are many different types of face/neck lifts. Therefore, careful evaluation of your face and discussion of your needs is essential in selecting the most appropriate technique.
With a surgical face/and or neck lift, the deeper tissues of the face are lifted and tightened and several centimetres of skin are removed. The different types of face lift will give different results and it is therefore very important to appreciate what each procedure will, and more importantly, won’t do.
As every patient has unique needs and concerns, a detailed consultation with a consultant plastic surgeon is essential prior to undergoing any procedure of this nature. During the consultation your surgeon will discuss any problem areas, desired improvements, options available (including no treatment at all) and expected outcomes.
Should Z plasty neck lift surgery be agreed upon as the most suitable course of treatment, the procedure is performed under a local anaesthetic and involves removing the excess skin under the neck and chin. A Z plasty neck lift is then undertaken to redirect the scar and improve the outcome. Any fatty tissue may be reduced with either gentle liposuction or direct excision. The muscles at the front of the neck can be tightened, adding to the improved appearance. The skin edges are then carefully closed and light dressings applied.
Throughout the Z plasty surgery, you will be looked after by our highly skilled and caring medical team.
Sutures are removed after one week. It is necessary to avoid shaving until the stitches are
removed. Minor bruising is quite normal and typically subsides within a couple of weeks. It is
essential to start massaging the neck with moisturising cream to soften the scars.
You will be seen at regular intervals within the clinic. Our medical team are on hand around the
clock to offer advice on aftercare as needed.
After Z Plasty Neck Lift surgery, stitches are removed a week later. Shaving over the stitches is not recommended as it makes removing them very difficult. After the stitches are removed, the beard may be carefully trimmed.
Scar tissue in men usually settles well, however, in women it can be very noticeable and so, this procedure is not recommended. She would be better served with a conventional neck lift.
No, a Z plasty neck lift is only going to improve the front of the neck. It is a really good option for men.
Surgery is performed under a local anaesthetic to ensure the patient’s total comfort for the duration of the procedure
Excess skin under the neck and chin is removed before a Z plasty neck lift is undertaken to redirect the scar and improve the outcome
Once healed, patients should expect to see an improved appearance to the anterior neck area
Sutures are removed after one week. It is necessary to avoid shaving until the stitches are removed. Minor bruising is quite normal and typically subsides within a couple of weeks
Whilst excess skin is permanently removed, neck lift surgery doesn’t stop the clock, it merely resets it. As time passes, the ageing process will once again progress.