What is a neck lift?
A neck lift raises or removes the skin around the neck and under the chin to reduce lines and wrinkles and tighten loose and sagging skin. The result is a smoother, more youthful looking neck and chin area.
A neck lift is actually a combination of three procedures:
- Cervioplasty – removes excess skin around the neck
- Platysmaplasty – removes or alters certain neck muscles
- Liposuction – removes excess fat in areas around the neck
Neck lifts are most commonly performed to achieve the following results:
- Remove sagging, loose skin
- Improve the contour and shape of the neck
- Define the neckline and jaw line
- Smooth lines and wrinkles
A thorough consultation is an important first step when deciding if a neck lift is the right option for you. One of our board certified surgeons will discuss your desired results, examine you and provide an honest, professional opinion on how best to achieve those results. We also make certain that you are a good candidate for the procedure, taking into account your age, health, medical background and other factors that could affect the safety and effectiveness of your surgery. All of our consultations are free and conducted with the goal of making sure our patients feel comfortable, confident and informed about the neck lift process.
Well before your surgery, let RTH know of any medications you take. Three weeks prior and three weeks after your surgery, we strongly suggest limiting your alcohol and tobacco intake. Two weeks prior and two weeks after, you should not take any medication that may thin your blood such as aspirin or ibuprofen products.
The evening before your surgery, refrain from eating or drinking anything including water, and do not smoke. If you develop a cold, sore throat, fever or any other symptoms of illness before your surgery, let RTH know right away.
The day of your procedure, refrain from wearing makeup, contact lenses, hairpins, jewelry, lotion or perfume. We also advise wearing comfortable clothing. Prepare to have a responsible adult provide you with transportation after your procedure and make arrangements for any care or assistance that you may need 24 hours after surgery.
Before your procedure, your surgeon will answer any questions that may have come up since your consultation. You will also have the opportunity to meet the RTH staff assisting your surgeon during your procedure. Every effort is made to make certain that all of your concerns are addressed and you are as comfortable as possible.
When it is time to begin, you will be taken to our state-of-the-art surgical suite and comfortably fall asleep under general anesthesia. A neck lift procedure takes about an hour and a half to complete. If a neck lift is performed in combination with other procedures, the surgery will take longer.
Patients generally feel comfortable a week after the procedure. We recommend no heavy lifting or strenuous activity for a couple of weeks following your surgery. In just a few weeks, you will be able to resume your daily activities. Remember that everyone recovers differently, and you may need more or less time before you feel 100% again. A few days after your surgery, your RTH doctor will follow-up to see how you are healing and prescribe any necessary medication.
While results vary based on the individual, neck lift patients can expect to enjoy a smooth, contoured and more youthful looking neck, an enhanced jaw line and a reduction of lines and wrinkles. Many patients also look like they have lost weight since a neck lift can make the face look thinner. During your consultation, your doctor will thoroughly explain what results to expect.
If you are unhappy with sagging, wrinkled skin and you want to give your neck and chin a more youthful, contoured appearance, a neck lift may be the right option for you. All neck lift candidates must be in good health and have no pre-existing medical conditions that could create complications.
Many factors influence the way our necks age. The most common factors are the loss of elasticity, the loss of collagen, genetics and gravity. When skin loses its elasticity, it can begin to visibly sag. Loss of collagen under the skin can reduce volume and support, which creates visible wrinkles. Family genes also can be predisposed to showing early signs of aging. And unfortunately, gravity is constantly pulling down our skin, which over time leads to sagging.
When choosing a plastic surgeon to perform a neck lift procedure, there are three important qualifications to consider: training, experience and personal attention. Your surgeon should have completed an accredited plastic surgery residency program and be board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). Above all, your doctor should be someone you trust to deliver exceptional results and perform a safe and effective procedure.
Dr. Hajjar and Dr. DeRosa are board certified plastic surgeons with extensive training and vast experience in facial plastic surgery and neck lift procedures. Our doctors spend the necessary time with every patient to answer any questions and address any concerns. We make it a priority to ensure our patients are well-informed and completely comfortable with their decisions. We know that your time is valuable, which is why we maintain an efficient procedure calendar and use the latest techniques and technology to minimize your recovery time and maximize your results.
Insurance companies commonly do not cover an elective or cosmetic surgery like a neck lift unless it is performed to correct a medical or health condition. If you plan to use insurance as payment, we strongly suggest consulting with your provider to discuss if the procedure is covered in part or in full by your current plan.
At RTH, we use the most advanced, minimally invasive techniques to reduce the possibility of scarring or other visible signs that a procedure was performed. While results vary based on the individual, we focus on creating the most natural results possible. During your consultation, your doctor will thoroughly explain what results to expect.
The longevity of results varies and is dependent on the amount of excess fat, the laxity of the skin and skin type. Typically, you can expect neck lift results to last for eight to ten years.
As with any surgical procedure, there is a risk of complication related to infection. Some people may wake up from surgery feeling groggy and experience an upset stomach, side effects of the anesthesia that are very temporary. We are happy to explain in detail any of the risks involved prior to your surgery. We carefully review your complete medical history and all medications you are on to prevent any complications.
Other risks associated with neck lifts may include:
• Bleeding (hematoma)
• Nerve damage
• Poor wound healing
• Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
• Skin sensitivity
Yes, your RTH doctor can recommend additional services that may enhance your desired results including a brow lift or facelift. RTH also offers the option of combining your neck lift with a laser skin resurfacing treatment. Lasers promote collagen growth under the skin, which naturally helps to fill in wrinkles and restore volume to the neck and other regions of the face.