Neck lift surgery is designed to recontour the neck and reduce signs of wrinkles, creases, and inelastic skin. It is very common for the skin of the neck to lose collagen and develop a sagging appearance over time. Creases from one side of the neck to the other may also become more prominent as the natural process of aging, environmental factors, or other causes lead to noticeable changes in the neck’s appearance. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Som Kohanzadeh, can create a uniquely customized neck lift treatment plan to address these concerns and produce firmer skin and more youthful neck contours.
Who is a Good Candidate for Neck Lift Surgery?
Both women and men who are in generally good overall health and are experiencing aesthetic concerns such as those listed below are often good candidates for neck lift surgery. A neck lift can be an ideal treatment option for patients who would like to:
- Reduce excess, inelastic skin that may be causing a double-chin or “turkey neck” appearance
- Smooth away wrinkles and achieve firmer, more youthful-looking skin in the neck
- Minimize signs of platysmal bands and creases that commonly develop in the neck
- Reduce signs of jowls
- Enhance neck contours
Neck lift surgery can be performed as a standalone procedure, or combined with a facelift or other aesthetic enhancement option for more comprehensive results. In cases where cosmetic concerns in the neck are primarily being caused by excess fat, liposuction may be all that is necessary to achieve effective recontouring of the area. Dr. Som can evaluate your skin during the evaluation and recommend the option that can best meet your needs.
What is Involved in the Neck Lift Procedure?
Neck lift surgery is performed on an outpatient basis in a fully equipped surgical facility. This procedure will require general anesthesia, and is typically completed in about one to two hours, depending on whether the neck lift is being performed on its own or if it is being combined with other aesthetic treatments. In most cases, Dr. Som will make a precise incision just under the chin and behind the ears. He will tighten the neck muscles, remove excess skin, remove or reposition excess fat, and pull the remaining skin taut to create a smoother, more contoured look.
Some patients may only require an incision below the chin for this procedure. Fortunately, any incisions necessary for neck lift surgery are typically made in areas that are relatively inconspicuous to others, often leading to residual scarring that is barely noticeable.
What Can I Expect During Recovery from Neck Lift Surgery?
In many cases, patients will need to plan for a minimum of one to two weeks of recovery at home following neck lift surgery. The most common side effects of this procedure are swelling and bruising in the neck region. Dr. Som can prescribe medication to control discomfort, and swelling should dissipate over the days and weeks after the procedure. Activities and exercises that may strain the neck should be avoided for at least one month. Our plastic surgeon will provide you with a detailed guideline for post-operative care that can help you achieve safe and effective healing after neck lift surgery.
How Much Does Neck Lift Surgery Cost?
A neck lift typically costs between the range of $10,000 to $15,000 here at our practice. The price can vary among patients due to the fact that neck lift surgery is customized based on a number of factors unique to each individual. These factors include the overall complexity of the operation, the surgical technique utilized, fees for anesthesia and use of the operating facility, and other associated costs. Once the neck lift surgery treatment plan is developed at your initial consultation, a member of our staff will calculate an estimate of the total cost that includes all expenses relating to the procedure. Dr. Som is sensitive to the budgetary needs of our patients and accepts an array of convenient payment methods. These include plastic surgery financing arrangements available through Prosper® Healthcare Lending, which offers qualified applicants a number of affordable monthly payment plans. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about ideal payment options for your needs.
Would you like to learn more about neck lift surgery? Please contact Dr. Som for additional information, or to schedule your initial consultation.