Dr. Hootan Daneshmand
Neck Lift Surgery
Neck Lift in Orange County & Bakersfield
One of the first locations where we reveal our age is the neck. Vertical banding, horizontal wrinkles, and even sagging jowls all contribute to making us appear older than we are. A neck lift improves the shape of the jawline and tightens the skin and underlying neck muscles to improve the look of the neck. Professionals frequently combine this surgery with liposuction, a facelift, or a cheek lift. However, many choose to perform this alteration on its own. Many patients, however, have concerns about the neck lift cost, the healing process, and other issues.
The best way to ensure that you feel prepared for your neck lift is to speak with a board certified plastic surgeon in Orange County. Dr. Daneshmand has years of training and experience under his belt, and his dedication to the field of plastic surgery is admirable. If you have questions about a neck lift cost, the details of the procedure, or if a neck lift is right for you, contact our office today. Call 949-359-8397 or fill out our online intake form to learn more.
What Is a Neck Lift?
Platysmaplasty is the medical name for a neck lift. During the procedure, a surgeon surgically removes excess skin and fat from the neck to treat age-related wrinkling and creasing in this area. It also produces a smoother, slimmer profile.
Many patients or surgeons choose to either do this procedure alone, or in combination with other alterations, like a facelift, soft tissue augmentation using dermal fillers, or an eye lift. While a neck lift is a very effective way to treat certain things, it is important to understand what a neck lift cannot do.
A neck lift is a restorative procedure that does not alter your basic appearance or slow down the aging process. Nonsurgical rejuvenation therapies cannot produce the same effects as a surgical neck lift, but they may help postpone the period when a neck lift is necessary and complement the benefits of surgery.
What Does a Neck Lift Do?
A multitude of variables, including genetics, gravity, environmental circumstances, and stress, cause the loss of young features in the face and neck. Because the upper face is still attractive, some people believe they are not ready for a full facelift. Many patients, however, will see excessive neck skin wrinkles, a double chin or “turkey wattle,” and jowl lines. A neck lift is a useful treatment if the neck area does not complement the upper face look. Below, we list some of the most common problems that plastic surgeons treat with a neck lift.
- Jowls created by excess fat or skin laxity in the lower part of the face
- A surplus of fatty deposits beneath the chin
- Neck skin that is loose
- Muscle banding of the neck, creating unusual contours
A brow lift, to address a drooping or highly furrowed brow, fat transfer, to give fullness to the lips and cheeks and minimize the appearance of wrinkles, or eyelid surgery, to revitalize aged eyes are all rejuvenation treatments that surgeons sometimes combine with a neck lift.
Nonsurgical Neck Lift
Some individuals use nonsurgical methods to enhance the aging look of their neck. These nonsurgical alternatives have several advantages, including a faster recovery period and fewer hazards.
For example, Botox relaxes the muscle and minimizes wrinkles in the vertical neck bands. In order to achieve textural improvements in the skin, doctors sometimes opt for fractionated laser treatments. Dermal fillers replenish decreased skin volume, and Kybella can break down fat cells.
By regenerating collagen with radiofrequency and microneedling, the skin can be rejuvenated. Finally, ultrasonic technology helps to improve fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating collagen production.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Neck Lift Surgery?
As with any cosmetic procedure, it is important to consult with an experienced surgeon before deciding whether you should go under the knife. During your consultation, your doctor will discuss the following considerations with you.
- Appearance: Most people notice that their neck has a less-than-ideal look at some time in their life. While this may not be a worry for some, many patients may acquire a loss of self-confidence as a result of their neck’s shape and appearance. You may be concerned about aging indications like jowls, a double chin, or the “turkey neck” as you become older, which makes you a suitable candidate for this treatment.
- Age: The majority of patients are in their forties or fifties, and they want a neck lift to regain their youthful appearance. A neck lift may also be beneficial if you are younger and have inherited fat deposits or have lost a significant amount of weight.
- Overall health: Your surgeon will review your medical history, and will request that each patient reveal any pertinent medical information at this time. You’ll also be asked if you’ve had any past surgeries, if you have a chronic disease, and if you’re taking any drugs or supplements.
- Smoking: Smoking can have a negative impact on your general health and the time it takes to recuperate from surgery. You must stop smoking at least two weeks before your operation and be smoke-free for the duration of your post-surgical recovery period.
- Expectations: If you have a negative body image, neck lift surgery will not ensure that you will feel better about your overall look. While it can help you seem younger and more lean by removing extra or sagging skin, it won’t stop the indications of age from showing up in other parts of your body.
What Does a Neck Lift Cost?
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ 2020 figures, the average cost of a neck lift is $5,774. This is only a portion of the overall neck lift cost. It excludes anesthesia, operating room facilities, and other associated costs. To calculate your final neck lift cost, please contact the office of your plastic surgeon.
Neck lift cost depends on the surgeon’s experience, the operation performed, and the location of the office. Although most health insurance policies do not cover neck lift surgery or its consequences, many cosmetic surgeons offer patient financing programs. Below, we list fees to consider for your overall neck lift cost.
- Anesthesia costs
- Facility fees
- Medical testing
- Garments for post-surgery wear
- Surgeon’s fees
What Are the Risks of a Neck Lift?
The decision to get a neck lift is a highly individual one. You must evaluate if the advantages will meet your objectives and whether the dangers and problems of a neck lift are acceptable. Below, we list a wide array of potential risks and complications of a neck lift. Speak with your surgeon to determine whether or not you face significant risks.
- Risks of anesthesia
- Excessive bleeding
- Hematoma (fluid accumulation)
- Changes in skin sensation or numbness
- Persistent or chronic pain
- Poor healing of the wound
- Nerve injuries causing weakness in the lower lip
- Rare risks of deep vein thrombosis
- Irregularities or discoloration of the skin
- Skin loss
- Visible sutures causing irritation
- Temporary or permanent hair loss around the incision sites
- Revision surgery due to poor results
How to Prepare for Neck Lift Surgery
Surgeons often ask certain things of patients before performing their neck lift surgeries. Below, we list common aspects of neck lift preparation.
- Lab tests and medical evaluations
- Taking specific medications or ceasing to take certain medications
- Quit smoking
- Do not take aspirin, anti-inflammatory medications, or herbal supplements. They can increase bleeding.
Your surgeon will prepare you thoroughly for the procedure beforehand. Their instructions include information about what to do the night before and the morning of the surgery. They also explain the anesthesia process, as well as post-op care and follow-up visits.
What Is the Neck Lift Procedure Like?
First, surgeons begin with anesthesia. During the surgical process, you will be given medications to help you relax. Intravenous sedation and general anesthesia are two options. Your doctor will advise you on the best course of action.
Your neck lift options include a standard neck lift incision or a minimal incision neck lift, depending on the degree of improvement you’d like to see.
An incision for a conventional neck lift often starts in the hairline at the level of the sideburn, proceeds down and around the ear, and finishes in the posterior hair. Fat in the jowls and neck can be sculpted or redistributed. The platysma muscle is typically tightened, and the tissue beneath the neck skin is relocated. Excess skin is cut away and skin is redraped over the elevated features. Liposuction and muscle restoration in this area often necessitate a second incision beneath the chin. The incisions are closed using sutures or skin adhesives.
Incisions solely around the ear may be used in a limited incision neck lift. The incisions are shorter, but the outcomes may be restricted.
Sutures and perhaps skin glue are used to seal the incision lines. Sutures may dissolve over time or require removal after a few days. The incision lines following a neck lift are generally effectively hidden inside the hairline and in the natural curves of the ear once they have healed.
As swelling and bruising fade, the visual benefits of a neck lift become apparent. Your ultimate neck lift outcome should make you feel more confident about yourself as well as restore a more young and refreshed appearance.
What Is Neck Lift Recovery Like?
A bandage might be gently put over your face and neck during your recovery from neck lift surgery to reduce swelling and bruising after your treatment is done. There may be a tiny tube in place to drain any extra blood or fluid that has accumulated beneath the skin.
Specific instructions will be given to you, including how to care for the surgical site and drains, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the risk of infection, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health, and when to see your plastic surgeon again.
To reduce swelling and keep your head upright, keep your head raised over your heart with no excessive twisting or bending of the neck. Ice should not be applied to the neck since it can reduce blood flow and cause skin death.
Contact Silhouette Plastic Surgery Today
Maintaining a youthful appearance is something many people want. Whether it’s age, weight loss, or some other reason, it’s sometimes difficult to keep your neck as smooth and supple as your face. Luckily, the Silhouette Plastic Surgery Institute has solutions. To discuss the neck lift cost, procedure, and recommendations with a board certified plastic surgeon in Orange County, please contact our office. Call today at 949-359-8397, or fill out our online intake form.