What is a neck lift?
Our team of plastic surgeons at Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Reston, VA offers neck lift surgery to men and women who wish to improve their lower facial aesthetic. A neck lift procedure can dramatically reduce the signs of aging and improve the overall appearance of the face. As we age, fat deposits and wrinkles accumulate around the neck, and our skin loses tone and begins to sag. The neck is often the first part of the face to show aging.
For patients with excellent skin elasticity and moderate fullness of fat under the neck, neck liposuction alone can be a good alternative. Once the skin is beginning to sag or hang, or if your surgeon thinks the skin will be loose after just liposuction, a surgical incision is needed to remove this excess skin and that procedure is known as a neck lift. Through this incision, excess neck skin and fat can be repositioned and the muscles can also be tightened if necessary. This is sometimes called a corset platysmaplasty. The concept behind this is using sutures in the neck to tighten the neck muscles like a corset.
What are the benefits of a neck lift?
Nonsurgical procedures can only do so much when it comes to treating signs of aging. A neck lift can provide patients with more comprehensive results because it can address both the overlying skin and underlying tissues. This means your outcomes last far longer than conventional treatments. Additionally, our trained surgeons can correct a number of cosmetic concerns at the same time. A neck lift at our facility can provide the following benefits:
- A slimmer and better-defined neckline
- Reduced wrinkles and lines in the lower face and neck
- Improved contours along the jawline
- A more youthful look
Who is a candidate for a Neck Lift?
The best candidates for neck lift surgery:
- Have loose skin in the area caused by weight loss, aging, or genetics
- Have lines and wrinkles in the neck area
- Are any age from 20 – 70+ years
- Desire a sleeker and slimmer profile
- Desire a long-term solution
- Desire a natural look
Neck Lift Reviews
"Best Surgeon Ever - I attended a seminar for this practice in March of 2019. I met Dr. Poindexter who answered many questions I had about getting a neck lift, liposuction, and a breast scar revision. I completed my surgery in December 2019. I was so excited to go through the process with this surgery center and Dr. P since my last few surgeries were at the hospital with a big production. This center is staffed correctly, sanitized, and a much better location to perform these voluntary procedures. Dr. Poindexter is very calming, direct, and to the point and you won't be disappointed. He removed my extra chin skin and jowl area and contoured my stomach, back, and even fixed a breast scar. I will return to finish my future procedures with him for implants and underarm extra skin soon. The only regret I have is not finding him years ago. I made the right decision."- V. / RealSelf / Mar 17, 2020
"Being a previous patient back in 2014, when I decided to have more cosmetic procedures I knew where to go. The Austin Weston Center is an excellent facility with fabulous surgeons including my favorite Dr Weston himself. I had a neck lift which I can’t tell you the amazing difference it has made. Honestly took at least 10 years off my appearance. I am extremely happy with the results. I have seen some botched neck procedures in the past and this was incredible work. I also received liposuction in the belly and flank areas. My exact quote when I removed the dressing soon after surgery was "Oh my God, I look like a girl again!" What a difference to see all that fat gone that no exercise was ever going to remove. I highly recommend The Austin Weston Center as my experiences there have been so close to perfection."- K.J. / Yelp / Sep 12, 2020
"Neck lift, mid face lift, upper and lower Bleph, left brow lift. - Hi all. I had all the above with some lipo done two days ago. I have NO bruising, just swelling. Loving the results already. Several tight spots, numb spots and sore spots but that's to be expected. Was able to shower the next day but opted to stay in bed, icing my face with frozen baby diapers and cold gauze pads on my eyes. I stayed overnight at the facility which I highly recommend. I can't imagine having to go home being "out of it". I have only had one Oxi for pain and have been primarily using Tylenol for pain and Gabapentin for the nerves. Will continue to post updates but am super pleased. My left side is more swollen since I had more done. Will continue to post pics...Recommend chapstick and a Listerine breath strip post op LOL. Mouth is super dry after surgery and I was dying for some minty freshness.PS recommend frozen baby diapers to wrap around your face. This was super clever and helped a lot. I got Target brand #2 baby diapers and wet about a dozen the night before surgery. They are waterproof and help to keep your face cool. I also bought a wedge pillow and a travel neck pillow to keep my body elevated and comfy while I sleep. This worked out really well. Lastly, kept a cup of ice water next to the bed so I can soak 4x4 gauze pads to put on my eyes. HEAVEN!!!"- T. / RealSelf / Jan 07, 2021
"I attended a seminar for this practice in March of 2019. I met Dr. Poindexter who answered many questions I had about getting a neck lift, liposuction, and a breast scar revision. I completed my surgery in December 2019. I was so excited to go through the process with this surgery center and Dr. P since my last few surgeries were at the hospital with a big production. This center is staffed correctly, sanitized, and a much better location to perform these voluntary procedures. Dr. Poindexter is very calming, direct, and to the point and you won't be disappointed. He removed my extra chin skin and jowl area and contoured my stomach, back, and even fixed a breast scar. I will return to finish my future procedures with him for implants and underarm extra skin soon. The only regret I have is not finding him years ago. I made the right decision."- V. / RealSelf / Jun 19, 2020
"Wonderful Experience, Wonderful Results - I've had two surgeries done at Austin-Weston: a chin implant/neck lift, and a rhinoplasty/upper lip lift. Dr. Knotts did both procedures, and I'm VERY happy with my results and with the care and professionalism of everyone I interacted with; the doctor, nurses, and front desk staff are all top notch. In addition, they were all wonderfully patient with my questions and never tried to rush me--I always felt comfortable and fully informed. I highly recommend them!"- P. / RealSelf / Jun 16, 2019
What can i Expect during a neck lift?
Neck lift surgery is an outpatient procedure and performed at our accredited surgical facility under general anesthesia. Incisions are typically hidden below the ear lobe and up behind the ear. Your surgeon may also recommend an incision underneath the chin. Through these incisions, excess fat is removed, muscles tightened, and excess skin is redistributed and tucked up behind the ears. The surgery typically lasts around two hours depending on the extent of lifting required.
The neck lift can be a stand along procedure as described or combined with a facelift or facial rejunveationa procedure.
What can I expect after a neck lift?
Following a neck lift surgery, a patient commonly experiences some amount of bruising and swelling in the neck area. It’s also common for patients to have a sensation of tightness and pulling, which is a result of the neck adjusting into the new position. Typically, patients are able to return to their normal routine, such as work, in around 7 – 10 days. After a few months, you should be able to see the full effects of the surgery with a tighter, smoother, more contoured neck. The incisions are placed so they generally hide well, under the chin and behind the ears.
Neck Lift FAQ
How much does a neck lift cost?
Costs for your neck surgery will be discussed in your consultation with a member of our experienced team of surgeons. As soon as they have created your personal surgical plan, they can estimate prices for the facility, anesthesia, and other fees. To help make your neck surgery affordable, Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery accepts several payments methods, and we can give you information on low-interest medical financing.
What about nonsurgical options?
Neck lift surgery is the best way to remove loose skin, particularly if it droops or hangs. Although there are some nonsurgical skin tightening treatments that may produce some improvements, neck lift surgery can more dramatically smooth and redefine your neckline. A new and popular minimally invasive treatment called KYBELLA® reduces fat in the upper neck, which gives the appearance of a double chin; however, it doesn't correct excess skin.
Will I have visible scars?
Neck lift surgery does require one incision beneath the chin and two more near the ears. These are made so the scars are difficult for others to see. Our surgeons make every effort during your surgery to minimize visible scarring. A team member will explain scar management instructions that will encourage your incisions to heal properly — so they are thin and flat.
Can I combine a neck lift with other facial surgeries?
At your consultation, you can mention that you are thinking about another surgery, like a facelift or chin augmentation, along with a neck lift. It's normal for two or more face surgeries to be performed together to get your best results. If you are concerned about a weak chin or undefined jawline, talk to your surgeon so they can create a comprehensive treatment plan.
Should I get a neck lift or liposuction?
Based on your needs and goals, you might want to get a neck lift with surgical liposuction. This can help if you are concerned about both excess skin and pockets of fat in your neck. Your surgeon will help you decide whether a lift, liposuction, or both should be included in your treatment plan.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- From $11,450
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 Weeks
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That sleek, beautiful neck you desire can be yours easier than you think thanks to a neck lift surgery. The surgery is successful at targeting extra skin, fat, and lines and wrinkles in the neck area. Want to learn more? Please call our office to schedule a consultation to meet with one of our plastic surgeons.
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