Procedure: Approximately two hours (alone)
Anesthesia: General anesthesia
Recovery: About 1–2 weeks (work); 4–6 weeks (all activities)
Post-op Visits: 1 day, 1 week, 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 6 months
What Is a Neck Lift?
Sagging skin, folds, and wrinkles of the neck are typical signs of aging. Neck lift surgery, or platysmaplasty, is performed to address these issues and help you achieve a smooth and attractive neck and jawline. The procedure may be performed on its own or in conjunction with facelift surgery.
Jon Kurkjian, MD is an aesthetic surgery fellowship-trained plastic surgeon who is committed to providing reliable, safe, and customized solutions for every patient. Using state-of-the-art techniques, Dr. Kurkjian is able to perform neck lift surgery with optimal skill and efficacy for exceptionally natural-looking results.
Creating a Personalized Neck Lift Approach
Trained by leading facial rejuvenation experts in both New York City and Dallas, Dr. Kurkjian is uniquely experienced in individualizing neck lift treatments to meet the specific needs and goals of each patient.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Kurkjian will evaluate your overall health status and perform a thorough examination of bone structure, skin texture, and tissue elasticity in your neck and lower face. He will then discuss your cosmetic goals to gain a clear understanding of the look you wish to achieve. Based on all information acquired, he will recommend the surgical technique that best fits the appearance you desire, which may involve neck lift performed alone or in combination with a full or mini facelift.
Once a treatment strategy is agreed upon, Dr. Kurkjian will comprehensively detail what to expect before, during, and after neck lift surgery, as well as take the time to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have. If you are happy with the proposed plan and wish to move forward, a member of our team will assist you in booking a date for surgery. We can also discuss financing and payment plan options with you, if desired.
From your initial visit to your final follow-up appointment, Dr. Kurkjian and our staff aim to provide a relaxing, stress-free experience. Our ultimate goal is to ensure you are treated with an unequaled level of care that yields an optimal aesthetic outcome.
What Are the Chief Benefits of Neck Lift Surgery?
Neck lift surgery can help both women and men restore a more youthful neck contour and under-chin profile. More specifically, treatment can be customized to address:
- Sagging and loose skin beneath the chin
- Excess fat stored under the chin (double chin) and on the neck
- The appearance of vertical bands in the neck
- Muscle laxity
For enhanced results, many patients opt to combine their neck lift with complementary procedures, such as full or mini facelift, KYBELLA®, and/or chin augmentation.
How Is a Neck Lift Performed?
The neck lift procedure mainly involves tightening the vertical bands in the neck in order to create a rejuvenated neck and more defined chin and jawline. Small incisions are made below the chin and behind the ears to remove excess fat, tighten the platysma muscle, and eliminate extra skin. In the event a patient only has excess fat in the neck, liposuction alone may be employed, requiring very small incisions and typically a shorter recovery period.
Total treatment time for neck lift surgery is generally about two hours, though this timeframe will be extended if other procedures are performed in combination. Dr. Kurkjian can provide a more specific estimate in regard to timing after developing a personalized approach during your consultation.
What Does Recovery from a Neck Lift Entail?
Dr. Kurkjian usually performs the neck lift procedure at an outpatient surgery center, so most patients are able to return home the same day under the care and supervision of a friend or family member. If desired, however, you will have the option of spending the night in an overnight facility to receive around-the-clock nursing care, as well as a personal visit from Dr. Kurkjian in the morning.
A compression bandage will typically need to be worn under your jaw for one night. Some minor swelling and bruising can be expected initially, but these symptoms usually resolve within a week. Dr. Kurkjian advises keeping the head and neck slightly elevated for at least 36 hours after surgery, as this can help facilitate recovery. The application of cold compresses during this time is also recommended.
The vast majority of patients usually get back to normal, light activities within seven days of the surgery, though exercise and vigorous physical activities will need to be avoided for a bit longer. All postoperative restrictions are typically lifted after about four to six weeks.
Throughout the entire recovery process, Dr. Kurkjian uses several follow-up visits to monitor healing and ensure results are as expected. In addition, our staff is always available to answer questions or help address any concerns that might arise. Patients are not simply numbers at our office, and we strive to go above and beyond in the level of care we provide to ensure you have a safe and smooth recovery experience.
How Much Does a Neck Lift Cost?
The average cost of neck lift surgery at our practice in Fort Worth is approximately $9,000. The exact price of your procedure will be influenced by factors such as the extent of your aesthetic concerns, the particular technique utilized, and whether or not other treatments are performed simultaneously.
It is important to note that pricing for neck lift surgery—and most other cosmetic procedures—is generally reflective of the overall training, skill, and experience of the plastic surgeon, as well as the city or area of the country in which they are located. For this reason, searching for a doctor based on cost alone is not typically recommended.
Should the expense of neck lift surgery be an issue, Dr. Kurkjian accepts numerous payment plan options made available through reputable plastic surgery financing companies like CareCredit®, Prosper HealthCare Lending, and more. These organizations offer several affordable plans made to fit virtually any budget. At the time of your consultation, a member of our team would be happy to get you started on the application process for the plan of your choice.
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