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Neck Lift

Aging, extra weight, genetics, or a receding chin or jaw line can cause the appearance of a fleshy, saggy neck, or the formation of banding below the chin and along the neck. But don’t let an aging neck hold you back from enjoying life! Neck lift surgery restores the appearance of a taut, slender neck by correcting sagging skin, tightening and altering the neck muscles, and removing excess fat. The results of neck lift surgery reveal a smoother, more youthful-looking neck and a more defined jaw line and chin. In some cases, a neck lift creates the appearance of weight loss.

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Neck lift surgery is often combined with a facelift, eyelid surgery, the placement of a chin implant, or liposuction at our practice to remove excess fat deposits along the neck.

Am I a Candidate for Neck Lift Surgery?

If you are unsatisfied with your neck because it appears fleshy or droopy, you are an ideal candidate for neck lift. Most patients who undergo this surgery are 30 to 70 years old, but anyone over 18 may be a candidate for the surgery.

Browlift is not recommended for:

  • Individuals with unrealistic expectations
  • Individuals suffering from certain medical conditions – This includes high blood pressure and blood-clotting problems. These medical issues can complicate the surgery and post-surgical healing. Inform our extensively trained plastic surgeon, Dr. Charles Perry, of any health problems you have or medications you take.

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Things to Consider Before Undergoing Neck Lift Surgery

Financial responsibilities

Fees for neck lift surgery are not covered by health insurance and include surgical materials, facility fees, anesthesia fees, and more. In addition, because a neck lift may involve several procedures (chin implant, facelift, and liposuction of excess fat in the neck), the cost may be higher.

Risk of complications

Because a neck lift can include several procedures, the possibility of complications is somewhat elevated.

Potential reversal of results

Aging and weight gain can negate the results of a neck lift. A neck lift can turn back the clock, but the aging process will continue to affect your appearance. You may require an additional procedure down the road to maintain the results of your neck lift surgery.

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How is neck lift surgery performed?

Neck lift surgery is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia, or local anesthesia combined with a sedative.

The neck lift procedure usually combines several procedures which are typically performed through two small incisions either under or behind the ear, and another small incision hidden beneath the chin. Through these incisions the skin and muscles of the neck are tightened, excess skin and fat is removed, and the skin is pulled taut before is the incisions are sutured closed.

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Are There any Risks to Neck Lift Surgery?

Risks are inherent in any surgical procedure. Because the neck lift procedure may also include the placement of a chin implant, facelift surgery, or liposuction, you should read over the respective risks of those procedures in addition to the list below. Dr. Perry will educate you further about possible complications associated with your procedure or group of procedures during your consultation.

Infection

This can usually be treated with antibiotics, but might require a return to the hospital.

Allergic reaction to anesthesia

Reactions to anesthesia are the most common surgical complication. They can be serious and in extreme cases even life-threatening.

Hematoma (accumulation of blood beneath the skin)

If this occurs, the blood will need to be drained.

Injury to nerves

Though rare, neck lift surgery can injure the nerves in the neck, causing permanent damage.

Excessive scar tissue

Scarring after neck lift surgery can be unsightly, but we are often able to address this complication surgically, improving the appearance of the scar.

Numbness

Some temporary numbness after surgery is common, but in rare cases full sensation does not return to the area.

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Complete Pre- and Post-operative Instructions for Neck Lift Patients

We have prepared this comprehensive list of pre- and post-surgery instructions to guide you through your neck lift procedure and recovery. Study the instructions before surgery, and print them out and bring them with you on your surgery day.

Neck Lift Instructions (printer-friendly)

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*Individual Results May Vary

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