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Face and Neck Lift
The earliest signs of aging often appear in the neck area. With a neck lift, we can subtly diminish these signs of aging by tightening excess skin and removing fat. If you’re bothered by deep lines, wrinkles, or sagging skin on your neck, this procedure may be right for you.
Who Can Benefit from a Neck Lift?
The best candidates for a neck lift are in good health and wish to reverse signs of aging, sun exposure, and smoking in the lower face and neck.
A neck lift can treat:
- Excess fat deposits in the neck
- Sagging or excess neck skin
- Jowls or a double chin
Neck lift surgery is a safe and effective way to tighten or remove underlying neck muscles to improve muscle tone. After a neck lift, your skin will appear tighter and smoother — creating a more attractive, youthful-looking contour.
Despite its many advantages, a neck lift may not be for everyone and, instead, a full face lift is needed. The best way to determine if you’re an ideal candidate is to schedule a consultation with a board certified cosmetic surgeon.
What to Expect During Your Neck Lift
A neck lift takes between two to three hours to perform under general anesthetic or intravenous sedation. Your surgeon will begin by making two incisions behind or under the ears. The skin is lifted and trimmed away. An additional incision may be made underneath your chin to access the platysma (neck muscle). Your surgeon will manipulate or remove some of the muscle to improve contour.
Liposuction may be performed to remove excess fat from the neck area. The skin is then redraped tightly across the neck to give the lower face a more youthful appearance. The incisions are closed using fine stitches for minimal scarring.
After Your Surgery
Recovery time varies. Bandages will be applied to the treatment area following surgery, and a compression garment may be worn for the first few days to decrease swelling and improve circulation. There will be some discomfort immediately following the procedure, but this can be managed using prescription medication.
Bruising will be visible for the first few days. Swelling should subside within a few weeks, at which point the results of your surgery should become apparent. Normal activity can be resumed in one to three weeks. Incision lines should continue to fade for 12-18 months.
How Much Does a Neck Lift Cost?
At your consultation, Kristen or Laura will provide you with a detailed individual estimate given your surgeon’s recommendations. Please click here if you would like a generalized price estimate.