If you would like to reduce loose skin on your neck but are otherwise comfortable with the appearance of your face, a full face lift may not be necessary to achieve the improvement you desire. Instead, you may be a candidate for a procedure commonly referred to as a “mini face lift,” “partial face lift” or neck lift. For people in San Ramon, Danville, Walnut Creek, and throughout the Bay Area, neck lift surgery performed by Dr. Eric Mariotti can correct excess neck skin without a full face lift.
Why a Neck Lift?
A neck lift can address sagging jowls and a moderate amount of excess skin or fat under the chin. A neck lift procedure uses shorter incisions than a full face lift. If there is a great amount of loose skin under the jaw (sometimes called a “turkey wattle”) or if you are unhappy with sagging skin on your face, a full face lift may be the best option for you.
Isolated areas of fat can also be removed through liposuction. Dr. Mariotti will take the time during your initial consultation to listen to your concerns and can help you determine which procedure is right for you.
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What to Expect
This procedure is done on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia or sedation with local anesthesia. Dr. Mariotti can remove sagging or redundant neck skin using several different methods. He may make incisions behind the ear or under the chin. In some instances, he will tighten the tissues under the chin by placing a suture across the neck crease to help tighten and elevate the muscle there.
Loose skin can also be tightened by pulling the skin up and back behind the ear, where it can then be removed. External Ultrasound Assist technology is often used to soften and liquefy the fat. This reduces bruising and swelling and can also tighten the skin.
Your New Look after a Neck Lift
After surgery, you will go home with your chin and neck wrapped in dressings or in an elastic neck sling which must be worn constantly for about 7 days. Any discomfort will be minimal and easily controlled with oral medication. Sutures will be removed 5 to 7 days after the procedure. Bruising and swelling can be covered with make-up and will decrease in 7 to 10 days. You will feel ready to return to work and social interaction after about a week, but please keep in mind that the final result will continue to emerge over the course of several months.
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Neck Lift FAQs
The average cost of a neck lift is around $5,000, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Additional costs related to anesthesia, operating room fees, medical costs and others are not included in this figure.
If the cost of a neck lift is an obstacle for you, don’t hesitate to discuss financing options during your consultation to help make your procedure as affordable as possible.
Choose a board-certified plastic surgeon near you who has experience performing neck lifts and other facial plastic surgeries. View before and after photos of previous neck lift results that this particular plastic surgeon has achieved. Ask around to friends and family for recommendations of reputable plastic surgeons in your area, and use online reviews to help you narrow down your search.
A neck lift could be an appropriate solution for you if your primary cosmetic concerns are your under-chin and neck areas. Some of the most common concerns that a neck lift can address include a “turkey neck” appearance under the chin and excess fat under the chin.
If you are also concerned with sagging skin or jowls, and lines and wrinkles in your mid-face area, a combination facelift and neck lift may be the best option for you.
You shouldn’t feel any pain or discomfort during your neck lift, as this procedure is performed under general anesthesia. After getting a neck lift, expect to experience tenderness, swelling and bruising as your body begins to heal. These symptoms are typically easy to manage with the use of prescription or over-the-counter pain medication and properly applied ice packs.
Most people are able to return to work and other daily activities within one week after getting a neck lift. However, you will still need to limit physical activity for several more weeks, and your results will continue to develop over the next weeks and months. Makeup can be used around the one-week mark to cover up any swelling or bruising as you begin to resume your normal routine.
You should begin to see the results of your neck lift emerge as swelling and bruising begin to diminish, which gradually occurs in the weeks after your procedure. It can take 3 to 6 months for all swelling to dissipate and for your final results to reveal themselves. Suture lines can take up to 18 months to fully mature.
The results of a neck lift can last around 8 to 15 years, depending on a variety of factors such as the age at which you had a neck lift, your skin elasticity and your lifestyle habits. Wearing sunscreen on a daily basis, avoiding deliberate tanning, eating a healthy diet and staying hydrated will help to keep your skin healthy and prolong your neck lift results.
*Information for education only, not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary. Unless otherwise noted, images on this site are of models.