When considering the effects of facial aging, it is easy to overlook the neck area; however, the neck plays a vital role in the appearance and youthfulness of the face. Heredity, lifestyle choices, weight loss, and sun damage all play a role in premature aging. The resulting wrinkles, banding, and sagging of the neck can make you appear older than you feel and disrupt the balance between your facial features. During neck lift surgery, Dr. O’Toole tightens and repairs muscle laxity while removing excess skin to restore youthfulness.Schedule a Consultation
How Can Neck Lift Surgery Help?
- Neck lift surgery improves facial contours by addressing sagging skin, vertical banding, “turkey neck,” a double chin, and jowls.
- Incisions are placed in inconspicuous locations under the chin and around the ear area.
- The skin is separated, underlying muscles are tightened, and excess skin is removed before the incisions are closed with sutures.
- Surgery results in a toned and youthful appearance.
It may be recommended to wear a bandage around your neck and lower face to minimize swelling and bruising. The swelling will likely subside after a few weeks but may take longer. Most patients can return to work within one to two weeks of recovery but should be cautious about causing any stress to the neck area.
The cost of neck lift surgery is dependent on the extent of surgery and whether you are combining your neck lift with any other procedures. Other factors that affect cost include anesthesia fees, doctor fees, and geographical location. Dr. O’Toole will provide you with an accurate cost estimate during your consultation.
You will be under general anesthesia during the procedure to eliminate any pain. Once this wears off, you will likely experience some discomfort. Any pain can be minimized with oral medication. The swelling should subside within a few weeks. Drains may be placed during the procedure to remove the buildup of excess blood and fluid. If this is necessary, Dr. O’Toole will give you post-operative instructions on how to care for and maintain these drains.
While Dr. O’Toole aims to make incisions as discreet and small as possible, there will be scars at the incision sites. Scarring may be visible beneath the chin and in the ear area, but they are likely to fade over time.
Patients will notice a firmer and smoother neckline once the swelling dissipates. Accompanied by a healthy lifestyle and diligent sun protection, patients can enjoy their youthful and revitalized appearance for years to come.
Q. Am I a good candidate for a neck lift?
The ideal candidate for neck lift surgery is a healthy, non-smoking individual who has vertical banding and excess skin and fat in the neck area. Candidates should also have realistic expectations of their results.
Q. Is a neck lift right for me if I have excess fat under my chin but no skin laxity?
Neck lift surgery is ideal for patients with a moderate to severe amount of skin laxity or banding in the neck. If you are only concerned with excess fat beneath the chin, a fat reduction procedure such as Smartlipo® or KYBELLA® injections may be better suited for you.
Q. Will my results be permanent?
While results from neck lift surgery are typically long lasting, this procedure will not prevent future aging from occurring. For lasting rejuvenation, it is recommended that you maintain a healthy lifestyle and protect yourself from excessive sun exposure.
Q. What are the possible complications associated with neck lift surgery?
No operation comes without risk. Possible complications from neck lift surgery include:
- Anesthesia risks
- Prolonged swelling