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People who have had a facelift or who have a youthful- looking
appearance generally have skin that is supple and unwrinkled.
But for some of these people, the skin from the chin down is just
the opposite.

The neck can be the first place on the body that shows the
effects of aging. This is especially true for people who have lost
an excessive amount of weight, and are left with loose skin
around the neck that has completely lost its elasticity. People
who have this problem, or who have excess fat or skin around
the neck, may want to consider a neck lift.

There are three common neck lift plastic surgery procedures that can be performed, based on the needs of the patient. They are: liposuction, cervicoplasty, and platysmaplasty.  

Is a Neck Lift Right for You?

Neck-lift surgery can be done on people of all ages. In fact, the only people who are likely to be denied approval for this type of procedure are those who have certain diseases.
If you’re truly interested in having neck lift surgery, then you should talk to a board-certified plastic surgeon about which procedure would be best for you. 

The Neck Lift Procedure

Most neck lift surgeries are performed in an outpatient surgery center, in the surgeon’s office, or in a hospital. The typical time length for a neck lift surgery is about an hour, but the procedure can last up to seven hours if other procedures are done in conjunction with it.
You may have either a general anesthesia or a local anesthesia. Most patients are allowed to go home on the same day as their surgery.

Many surgeons prefer to use an endoscope for neck lift surgery, as this instrument can guide the surgeon through the area to be treated. Endoscopic surgery has a number of advantages, such as a faster recovery time, less bruising, no need for general anesthesia, and the use of smaller incisions.

Liposuction and the Neck Lift

In cases where liposuction is done to remove fat as part of a neck lift procedure, the liposuction is done first. The fat deposits are removed from an incision made under the chin.

As a result of liposuction, you may experience swelling and bruising of your neck, ears and jaw for up to ten days.  You will be advised to keep your head elevated and as still as possible during your recovery period. 


Excess skin around the neck also can be removed in a procedure called a cervicoplasty. In this surgery, the incision is made beneath your chin and behind your ears. Then the skin is cut back, lifted, and fixed in place with sutures or a type of medical glue.


People who have a banded appearance around the neck may be candidates for platysmaplasty. In this procedure, incisions will be made under the chin or behind the ears, or both. Then the surgeon inserts a tiny instrument to either take out part of specific neck muscles or realign them. This makes the mid-region of the neck tighter. Finally, the surgeon will suture parts of the muscles to position them properly. 

Risks Associated With the Neck Lift

Many patients experience numbness in the neck for a few weeks following their surgery. Though it is rare, this can be permanent. Other complications include a build-up of scar tissue or bruised skin.

Choosing the Best Surgeon

It is essential that you choose only a board-certified plastic surgeon who is a member of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and who has lengthy and successful experience with this type of surgery. 

The Cost of a Neck Lift

The total cost of a neck lift can vary from patient to patient, since many neck lifts are done along with additional procedures. The average cost for a neck lift is between $5,000 and $8,000.

Since insurance does not cover cosmetic surgery, you will have to pay for the procedure out-of-pocket. You can talk to your surgeon about setting up a monthly payment plan.



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