The neck tends to be one of the first places we show signs of aging. But just because you are gaining life’s wisdom does not mean you have to look old. Neck lift surgery corrects the signs of aging on the neck and the jawline. It often accompanies face lift surgery for a full facial rejuvenation. The benefits of neck lift surgery include:
- Removing loose, sagging skin from under the chin
- Correcting visible vertical bands on the neck
- Eliminating areas of fat from under the chin (double chin) and on the neck
- Restoring a smooth, youthful-looking neck
Our plastic surgeons perform neck lift surgery as an outpatient procedure for patients in Fort Worth. Loose skin is pulled up and back and removed; neck muscles are often tightened as well. The incisions are hidden inconspicuously in front of and behind the ears. The result is an enhanced, more pleasing neck and jawline.
A neck lift will address several issues including the removal of excess fat, the trimming of sagging skin and the tightening of loose skin around the underlying neck muscles. An incision is made under the chin, and in some cases, behind or in front of the ears. If fat removal is part of this surgery, liposuction will be the first step. Next, the neck muscles (platysma) are pulled tight, and the overlying skin is stretched and re-draped to achieve the desired definition. Sutures are placed deep within the neck wall and a drain may be inserted to control bleeding.
A neck lift is considered an outpatient procedure, performed under general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility. This surgery typically takes 2 hours to complete, but that will vary by surgical case. After surgery, there will be some bruising and swelling. Patients will feel tightness and a pulling sensation as the neck adjusts to its new position. Most patients can return to work within 7-10 days. It can take several months for the optimal results to appear and for the neck to look and feel natural.
Procedure: Approximately two hours (alone)
Anesthesia: General anesthesia
Recovery: About 1–2 weeks (work); 4–6 weeks (all activities)
Post-op Visits: 1 day, 1 week, 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 6 months
What Is a Neck Lift?
Sagging skin, folds, and wrinkles of the neck are typical signs of aging. Neck lift surgery, or platysmaplasty, is performed to address these issues and help you achieve a smooth and attractive neck and jawline. The procedure may be performed on its own or in conjunction with facelift surgery.
Jon Kurkjian, MD is an aesthetic surgery fellowship-trained plastic surgeon who is committed to providing reliable, safe, and customized solutions for every patient. Using state-of-the-art techniques, Dr. Kurkjian is able to perform neck lift surgery with optimal skill and efficacy for exceptionally natural-looking results.
Creating a Personalized Neck Lift Approach
Trained by leading facial rejuvenation experts in both New York City and Dallas, Dr. Kurkjian is uniquely experienced in individualizing neck lift treatments to meet the specific needs and goals of each patient.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Kurkjian will evaluate your overall health status and perform a thorough examination of bone structure, skin texture, and tissue elasticity in your neck and lower face. He will then discuss your cosmetic goals to gain a clear understanding of the look you wish to achieve. Based on all information acquired, he will recommend the surgical technique that best fits the appearance you desire, which may involve neck lift performed alone or in combination with a full or mini facelift.
Once a treatment strategy is agreed upon, Dr. Kurkjian will comprehensively detail what to expect before, during, and after neck lift surgery, as well as take the time to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have. If you are happy with the proposed plan and wish to move forward, a member of our team will assist you in booking a date for surgery. We can also discuss financing and payment plan options with you, if desired.
From your initial visit to your final follow-up appointment, Dr. Kurkjian and our staff aim to provide a relaxing, stress-free experience. Our ultimate goal is to ensure you are treated with an unequaled level of care that yields an optimal aesthetic outcome.
What Are the Chief Benefits of Neck Lift Surgery?
Neck lift surgery can help both women and men restore a more youthful neck contour and under-chin profile. More specifically, treatment can be customized to address:
- Sagging and loose skin beneath the chin
- Excess fat stored under the chin (double chin) and on the neck
- The appearance of vertical bands in the neck
- Muscle laxity
For enhanced results, many patients opt to combine their neck lift with complementary procedures, such as full or mini facelift, KYBELLA®, and/or chin augmentation.
How Is a Neck Lift Performed?
The neck lift procedure mainly involves tightening the vertical bands in the neck in order to create a rejuvenated neck and more defined chin and jawline. Small incisions are made below the chin and behind the ears to remove excess fat, tighten the platysma muscle, and eliminate extra skin. In the event a patient only has excess fat in the neck, liposuction alone may be employed, requiring very small incisions and typically a shorter recovery period.
Total treatment time for neck lift surgery is generally about two hours, though this timeframe will be extended if other procedures are performed in combination. Dr. Kurkjian can provide a more specific estimate in regard to timing after developing a personalized approach during your consultation.
What Does Recovery from a Neck Lift Entail?
Dr. Kurkjian usually performs the neck lift procedure at an outpatient surgery center, so most patients are able to return home the same day under the care and supervision of a friend or family member. If desired, however, you will have the option of spending the night in an overnight facility to receive around-the-clock nursing care, as well as a personal visit from Dr. Kurkjian in the morning.
A compression bandage will typically need to be worn under your jaw for one night. Some minor swelling and bruising can be expected initially, but these symptoms usually resolve within a week. Dr. Kurkjian advises keeping the head and neck slightly elevated for at least 36 hours after surgery, as this can help facilitate recovery. The application of cold compresses during this time is also recommended.
The vast majority of patients usually get back to normal, light activities within seven days of the surgery, though exercise and vigorous physical activities will need to be avoided for a bit longer. All postoperative restrictions are typically lifted after about four to six weeks.
Throughout the entire recovery process, Dr. Kurkjian uses several follow-up visits to monitor healing and ensure results are as expected. In addition, our staff is always available to answer questions or help address any concerns that might arise. Patients are not simply numbers at our office, and we strive to go above and beyond in the level of care we provide to ensure you have a safe and smooth recovery experience.
How Much Does a Neck Lift Cost?
The average cost of neck lift surgery at our practice in Fort Worth starts at approximately $9,000. The exact price of your procedure will be influenced by factors such as the extent of your aesthetic concerns, the particular technique utilized, and whether or not other treatments are performed simultaneously.
It is important to note that pricing for neck lift surgery—and most other cosmetic procedures—is generally reflective of the overall training, skill, and experience of the plastic surgeon, as well as the city or area of the country in which they are located. For this reason, searching for a doctor based on cost alone is not typically recommended.
Should the expense of neck lift surgery be an issue, Dr. Kurkjian accepts numerous payment plan options made available through reputable plastic surgery financing companies like CareCredit®, Prosper HealthCare Lending, and more. These organizations offer several affordable plans made to fit virtually any budget. At the time of your consultation, a member of our team would be happy to get you started on the application process for the plan of your choice.
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If you would like more information about neck lift surgery, or if you wish to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kurkjian, please feel free to contact us today.
Dr. Michael Bogdan’s neck lift patients from Fort Worth, Dallas, and Plano, TX, and surrounding communities often complain about a double chin, jowls, or a “turkey wattle.” This is because as we get older, the skin on the neck becomes thin, lax, and wrinkled, and stubborn fat may accumulate beneath the chin. Sometimes significant weight loss causes or accelerates the same issues. A neck lift in our Grapevine practice corrects these concerns by removing the excess skin, tightening the muscles, and improving the definition in the neck, chin, and jawline.
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Are You a Good Candidate for a Neck Lift?
Depending on genetic factors, facial and neck aging can begin in our 30s, though typically it is first noted in our 40s or 50s. Some people are not ready for a full facelift because the skin on the upper face is still firm and smooth. Skin often begins to lose elasticity in the neck before the face and can cause unwanted sagging and wrinkles. When the neck area doesn’t match the upper face, a neck lift can be a great solution.
In general, good candidates for a neck lift are healthy, nonsmoking women and men who have a positive outlook and realistic expectations from their surgery.
Understanding Neck Lift
Depending on genetic factors, facial aging can begin in our 30’s, though typically it is first noted in our 40’s or 50’s. Due to sun exposure, gravity, and everyday facial expressions, the youthful elastic properties of the skin begin to break down. Skin becomes slack, causing the face to lose form and definition. Deep creases appear between the nose and mouth, the jawline becomes ill-defined as the jowl develops, and folds with fat deposits appear around the neck.
Dr. Bogdan will tailor your operation to specifically address the anatomy of your neck and your pattern of aging to achieve your desired changes. During the consultation, Dr. Bogdan will sometimes utilize 3D imaging to simulate the expected changes, if your anatomy is suitable for use with the software.
- The traditional neck lift incision typically begins in the hairline near the level of the sideburn. It continues around the ear and to the hair behind it. Dr. Bogdan repositions the neck tissue, often removing and redistributing fat. He may also tighten the platysma muscles in the neck. He then replaces the skin over the newly contoured jawline, trims the excess away, and closes the incision. Dr. Bogdan sometimes uses a separate incision under the chin for liposuction and muscle repair.
- The short-scar facelift, also called a mini-face lift, repositions the skin and soft tissues of the face that have been affected by the aging process. The principle difference between a short-scar lift and the traditional face lift is that the short-scar lift utilizes a significantly smaller incision. The incision is similar to the one used in the traditional facelift, but ends at the earlobe. The scarring behind the ear is largely or completely eliminated. This face lift procedure may be ideal for younger patients in whom facial aging manifests with the early appearance of a jowl, but where neck aging is not so drastic.
- The limited incision neck lift uses incisions around the ear. Because the incisions are smaller, results may be more limited.
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During recovery, you will be bandaged to help to minimize postoperative swelling. Often, a thin tube will be left in place temporarily to drain excess fluid that could collect under the skin. Dr. Bogdan will give you specific instructions on how to care for your incisions and when to come in for post-op checkups. After the incisions are healed, the scars are typically well-concealed within the hairline and in the contours of the ear. The desired neck lift results appear once swelling and bruising decreases. Patients typically look more youthful and rested without obvious signs of surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are some different neck firming options?
Despite their enticing claims, creams, serums, and devices do not produce significant or noticeable neck firming results. Only a surgical procedure can remove excess fat and skin, and adjust the underlying muscles that contribute to the undesirable sagging and lined appearance.
What do neck lift incisions look like?
With any plastic surgery, Dr. Bogdan makes sure to minimize the size of the incisions to the extent possible. With neck lift procedures, incisions are typically made behind the ears, which can be easily concealed for both men and women. Because of Dr. Bogdan’s degree of experience and training, he is able to minimize visible scarring with strategic incision placement and meticulous surgical techniques. Every procedure is customized to the specific face and neck of each patient. During your consultation, Dr. Bogdan will show you precisely where he will place each of your incisions.
How much does a neck lift cost?
A neck lift in the DFW area can cost anywhere between $2,600 and $14,400. When comparing fees for this procedure, always take into consideration what the cost includes. The total cost should include the surgeon’s fee, the anesthesia fee, and facility charges. Often, a low advertised price is only the surgeon’s fee and doesn’t include these other expenses.
It is important to remember that both very low and very high prices can be problematic. A high price does not ensure quality, while a low price could signal an underqualified provider and potentially a safety risk. Be sure to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience with this procedure. Dr. Bogdan is one of few plastic surgeons in the country who has accomplished formal post-graduate training in aesthetic surgery. He completed a fellowship at Manhattan Eye, Ear, & Throat Hospital in association with the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at New York University Medical Center. Here, he honed his techniques for facial procedures such as neck lift.
Are men good candidates for neck lifts?
Often, men complain about their jowls and loose skin, but don’t want a neck lift procedure because of fear of scarring or looking â€œwindswept.â€ Modern neck lift technology and procedures can prevent these issues from occurring. Instead of pulling the skin, Dr. Bogdan addresses the different dimensions of the neck, jawline, and face. Treatment is carefully planned in accordance with a patient’s specific features. A neck lift is a great option for a male because it can help create an angular and more masculine profile. Both men and women can be good candidates for the procedure.
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If you are interested in learning more about neck lift surgery, request a consultation with Dr. Michael Bogdan, a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in facial aesthetic surgery. Or, you can call our office at (817) 442-1236 to schedule your appointment.
Although a face lift may take years off of your appearance, it is important to understand what it can and cannot do. A face lift primarily affects the lower half of the face, tightening loose skin in the jowls, jaw line and neck. A midface lift can also lift the cheeks and lower eyelids, but neither procedure does anything to correct signs of aging in the upper face, such as crow’s feet or forehead wrinkles. This is why our Dallas face lift patients often combine face lift with other procedures, such as forehead lift or BOTOX® Cosmetic injections.
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If you would like further information about neck lift surgery, please click here to schedule a consultation with Dr. Michael Bogdan, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Grapevine, Texas. Dr. Bogdan looks forward to meeting with you to discuss your personal goals and establish a treatment plan to achieve them. If you prefer, you can call us at (817) 442-1236 to schedule your appointment.
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