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Neck Lift (Platysmaplasty or Cervicoplasty) - Houston, TX

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What is a Neck Lift?

For some, the neck can begin to show signs of aging faster than the rest of the face. Jowls can develop from fatty deposits at the jawline as well as a laxity in the muscles of the lower face and neck. In some cases, the muscles of the neck themselves may begin to separate and hang, resulting in what is commonly known as turkey wattle or a turkey neck. A neck lift (also called a platysmaplasty or cervicoplasty) at Alford Facial Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX creates a more youthful appearance by tightening and firming the skin and muscles in the neck. Double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Eugene "Gene" Alford strives for a natural look in all of his procedures and many of the men and women who’ve undergone a neck lift are just thought to have lost a lot of weight or toned up rather than having had surgery. A neck lift can correct more than age-related problems; a neck lift is often helpful if you have lost a significant amount of weight or if genetics gave you a naturally undefined neck profile. A neck lift can also improve the jawline and eliminate a double chin to make your face and neck slimmer and better defined.

Surgical Info

Neck lift surgery usually takes 2 – 3 hours with the patient under general anesthesia. To begin the procedure, Dr. Gene will make small incisions under the chin and behind the ears to create access to the layers of neck tissue and muscle. First, the neck muscles are tightened and secured in their new position, then the surgeon removes excess fat and skin. Once Dr. Gene checks the neck for symmetry and general appearance, the incisions will be closed and bandaged before the patient is moved to recovery.

Recovery

After neck lift surgery, Dr. Gene will have you stay at least one night in the hospital so your recovery can be monitored. The day after surgery, Dr. Gene will check on your healing before allowing you to be discharged from the hospital to continue your recovery at home. Most patient take about 2 weeks to recover after a neck lift and resume normal activity, but this differs in each patient since everyone heals differently. Further check-ups will be scheduled at Alford Plastic Surgery to remove sutures and assess your progress.

Results

If you maintain a stable weight after your neck lift, your results should be long-lasting. The effects of aging and gravity will continue to affect your skin, but at a slower rate. Significant weight gains or loss after the procedure will affect the results, so it is best if you are at or near your goal weight before the surgery. Dr. Gene can also perform touch-up treatments that will refresh your results over the years.

What does a Neck Lift Cost?

Neck lift surgery by itself typically costs around $5,000 - $7,500. If a neck lift is combined with another procedure, like a facelift or neck liposuction the cost will be higher overall, but certain fees will not be duplicated. During the consultation, Dr. Gene will go over the costs of neck lift surgery and anything else that may be needed. There may be additional expenses including hospital and anesthesia fees which will be discussed further at your consultation.

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Average Cost  
$5,000 - $7,500
Recovery Time  
2 Weeks
Average Procedure Time  
2 - 3 Hours
Post-op Follow-up  
1 Day
Procedure Recovery Location  
Overnight Stay in Hospital
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Neck Lift FAQs

Conditions Treated?

  • Excess skin and wrinkles
  • Lines and folds on the neck
  • Loose jowls
  • Loose neck muscles
  • Neck bands
  • Neck fat
  • Turkey neck/wattle
  • Undefined jawline
  • Weak profile

Good Candidates?

The need for a neck lift is not always due to a patient’s age. In fact, many younger patients undergo a platysmaplasty or neck lift. Both extreme weight loss and heredity can be other determining factors. If you are unhappy or concerned about the appearance of your neck, jaw, or chin, schedule a consultation with Dr. Gene to learn more about your options.

Incisions and Scars?

Typically, the small incisions for a neck lift are made under the chin and behind the ears, so the scars will be difficult to see while they are healing. With proper scar care management, the incisions will become flat, smooth, and almost impossible for others to detect. More information on rules and tips that will help your scars heal well will be discussed by Dr. Gene before and after the surgery.

Combining Surgeries?

While a neck lift alone can provide a significant improvement, when a facelift and a neck lift are done together, it can create a total rejuvenation. Many patients add a brow lift, chin implants, or cheek implants to their neck lift, liposuction of the neck and face may be needed to get the best results.

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