The new cosmetic procedure

Posted on: 25 March 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

A surgically placed 'sling' that reduces signs of aging in the neck could be the next big cosmetic surgery fix.

A surgically placed 'sling' that reduces signs of aging in the neck could be the next big cosmetic surgery fix.

A thin, plastic "sling" surgically placed under the skin beneath the skin and jaws helps reduce the saggy appearance of the neck that results from aging, according to an article in the November/December issue of The Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery.

Aging is often accompanied by changes in the face and neck, including loss of elasticity in the skin and an increase in the amount of fat in the neck, causing it to sag. Part of the reason the neck begins to droop is because the underlying muscle that acts as a kind of "sling" has stretched over time and can no longer support the tisses under the chin. Several plastic surgery procedures have been used to combat the signs of aging in the face and neck area, including face lifts and liposuction.

The permanent sling is a narrow strip of polytetrafluoroethylene which is a kind of plastic.  It is surgically attached under the skin and is positioned from earlobe to earlobe and extends below the jaw and chin and ends behind the other earlobe.

The researchers implanted the sling in 100 patients when they underwent various other plastic surgery procedures to rejuvenate the neck including liposuction and skin tightening, between October 1996 and December 1998.  There were a total of 88 women with an average age of 54. The averagefollow-u for the patients was about three years.

Subjective assessment of the sling procedure at 12 months after initial placement revealed a satisfaction rate in appearance in that it met or exceeded expectations of greater than 90 percent whilst 8 patients felt that the procedure did not meet expectation. The patients assessed felt no discomfort with the sling procedure at 12 months, there were no requests for sling removal, and 86 patients claimed that they would recommend the procedure to a friend or relative.

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