As a result of the natural aging process or weight fluctuations, individuals may start noticing weak neck muscles, wrinkles, and sagging skin forming on the neck. The appearance of a “turkey neck” often occurs when the skin loses its ability to regain tightness after stretching, as well as the platysma muscles loosening. Fortunately, our board-certified plastic surgeon performs neck lift surgery to smooth, tighten, and rejuvenate the neck region with natural-looking results. Dr. Andrew Cohen can customize a neck lift treatment plan for qualified patients who want to improve their neck contours for a more youthful appearance.
What Is a Neck Lift?
The neck lift is a surgery designed to address loose, sagging skin in the jawline and neck, while tightening visible muscle bands in the neck. Liposuction may be required if localized fat is present in the neck and needs to be removed. Many patients choose to have a neck lift combined with a facelift for a more comprehensive treatment. During your consultation, Dr. Cohen will evaluate your skin to determine if optimal results can be achieved with neck lift surgery on its own or if complementary treatments are necessary.
What Does the Neck Lift Procedure Involve?
Neck lift surgery is an outpatient procedure typically performed under general anesthesia. Dr. Cohen starts off the surgery by making inconspicuous incisions behind each ear. In some cases, he will make an additional incision under the chin. Dr. Cohen will use the incision sites to smooth loose or wrinkled skin, tighten neck musculature, and (if needed) remove excess fat with liposuction. The neck will be sculpted until the desired contoured appearance is achieved. The procedure usually takes one to two hours, depending on if complementary surgeries are performed.
What Can I Expect in the Neck Lift Recovery?
Some patients may experience swelling, bruising, or numbness after neck lift surgery, but these symptoms usually subside within a week. Pain medication and ice packs can help mitigate any discomfort or inflammation you may experience. If liposuction was performed, Dr. Cohen will provide you with a compression garment for the neck. He will also give you a specific time frame for how long you will need to wear it. The majority of patients return to their daily activities after one to two weeks; however, patients should avoid strenuous activities for about four to six weeks so that the incision sites can heal properly. Dr. Cohen provides patients with detailed post-operative instructions to help the recovery period be as smooth and as comfortable as possible.
Will I Have Scars from Neck Lift Surgery?
Dr. Cohen does his best during the neck lift procedure to make incisions in less noticeable areas. Incisions are usually made behind each ear; however, some patients may need a third incision under the chin. Depending on your unique treatment plan, you may need all three incisions or just the entry points behind the ears. Most patients find that the scars heal very well and become less visible over time. In addition, scars from neck lift surgery are typically easy to hide since they blend into the natural contours of the head and neck.
How Much Does a Neck Lift Cost?
According to 2019 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of a neck lift is $5,110. In addition to the complexity of your unique treatment plan, factors that can affect your total expense include:
- Surgeon’s fee
- Anesthesia fee
- Hospitalization costs
- Surgical costs
- Cost of post-operative garments
- Cost of medications
- The geographical location of the surgical facility
At the end of your consultation, Dr. Cohen will provide you with a more accurate quote for the cost of your neck lift surgery. We accept a variety of convenient payment methods including financing arrangements with CareCredit®, ALPHAEON™ Credit, and BLIS® Specialty Insurance. These reputable third-party lending companies can provide qualifying patients monthly payment plans with low- to no- interest. If you would like to learn more about your plastic surgery financing options or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. A knowledgeable member of our team will be happy to assist you.
For more information about how neck lift surgery can help you achieve your aesthetic desires, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cohen, please contact our office today.