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What is a neck lift?
A neck lift is a surgical procedure that treats the telltale signs of aging in the face and neck. This includes treating loose skin, excess fat in the neck and platysma muscle banding sometimes referred to as a “turkey gobbler” or “turkey neck” appearance. A neck lift is also sometimes referred to as neck contouring. A neck lift procedure can include:
- Removing excess skin and fat from the neck
- Altering neck muscles to help address sagging skin
- Liposuction to remove excess fat deposits from the neck
- Injectable fillers to address issues with neck “fullness”
Who is a good candidate for neck lift surgery?
A good candidate for a neck lift surgery is a healthy patient who has signs of neck aging and that does not have significant issues with the middle third of the face. At times a patient who is looking for a face lift may in fact be a better fit for a neck lift. If you are looking to improve your neck contour, remove excess skin or excess fat, or are frustrated with signs of aging, you may be a good candidate for a neck lift.
How much does a neck lift cost?
The cost of a neck lift in New York will vary but may start out at about $10,000. You can view our pricing on our website. The cost will vary based on a number of factors including:
- Surgeon’s fee
- Anesthesia fee
- Charge for the hospital or facility
What should I expect during a consultation for neck lift surgery?
During the initial consultation with your board certified plastic surgeon, you will spend a lot of time reviewing your surgical goals. The surgeon will evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors. The surgeon may also take photos of your neck. 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?
During your neck lift consultation you should ask the surgeon if he or she is board certified first, and then discuss what the options are to lift and improve the appearance of your neck. You can find a checklist of questions to bring to your consultation on the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website.
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. As with any surgical procedure, infection is possible. While in recovery be sure to take your temperature and contact your surgeon at the first sign of a fever. These risks and others will be discussed prior to your neck lift surgery.
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. Prior to your neck lift surgery you may need to get lab testing or a medical evaluation as well. If you are a smoker, your surgeon will recommend you stop at least four weeks prior to your surgery.
It is also recommended to set up an area in your home for recovery. Some items we suggest to have readily available are:
- Pillows that help keep your head in a comfortable position.
- Comfortable, loose fitting clothing that does not need to be pulled over your head
- Ice packs
Your board certified plastic surgeon will help you plan for what you need during your recovery at home.
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?
The healing process 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. Remember, it may take several weeks to months for swelling to fully dissipate. Incision lines can also take up to six months or longer to fade away. Once you are fully recovered, you can expect the results have improved your neck contour.