What is a neck lift?
A neck lift is a surgical procedure that treats the telltale signs of facial aging. This includes treating loose skin, excess fat in the neck and platysma muscle banding sometimes referred to as a “turkey gobbler” appearance.
Who is a good candidate for neck lift surgery?
A good candidate for a neck lift is a healthy patient who has signs of neck aging and that does not have significant issues with the middle third of the face.
How much does a neck lift cost?
The cost of a neck lift will vary but may start out at about $10,000.
What should I expect during a consultation for neck lift surgery?
During the consultation, you will spend a lot of time with the doctor reviewing your surgical goals. An exam will then be performed and a surgical plan will be discussed with you at length.
What questions should I ask my plastic surgeon about neck lift surgery?
You should ask if he is board certified first, and then discuss what the options are to improve the appearance of your neck.
What are the risks of neck lift surgery?
The risks of neck lift surgery are like other surgical procedures. This can include the risk for infection, fluid or blood collections, numbness, and possible skin loss or healing issues.
How should I prepare for neck lift surgery?
I usually tell my patients to eat healthy and exercise regularly and avoid medications and herbal supplements that might cause bleeding.
What are the steps of a neck lift procedure?
A neck lift procedure is usually performed under sedation or general anesthesia. A small incision might be made underneath the chin and along the sides of the ear and behind the hairline to allow for the treatment of the various issues. Fat removal, muscle tightening, and skin tightening can then be performed as needed. Sutures are used to close the incision and the patient then goes home with a dressing around their head.
What should I expect during my neck lift recovery?
Recovery is often very straight forward. Patients need to keep their head elevated and instructed not to bend their head down to limit any tension on the incisions. Stitches are usually removed within seven to fourteen days and patients can go back to light duty within one to two weeks.
What results should I expect after neck lift surgery?
The goal of a neck lift procedure is to improve the appearance of the neck by treating excess skin and fat and banding from the neck muscles.