A Neck lift, also known as a ‘lower rhytidectomy’, is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the lower face and neck. With normal aging, the lower face can develop fullness (jowls), sagging skin and excess fat under the chin (double chin). A neck lift is an outpatient procedure performed in our Ambulatory Surgical Center under local anesthesia.
Neck Lift Surgical Approach
Patients are given a relaxant and will, therefore, need a driver, but do not require general anesthesia or hospitalization. This greatly improves safety and reduces downtime. After tumescent anesthesia is administered to numb the skin of the lower face and neck, most patients will have liposuction to remove fat and stimulate skin tightening. Then an incision is made meticulously along the front of the ear and around the back of the ear and hairline to remove excess skin and recreate a natural contour of the jawline.
What can you expect from a neck lift?
- Improvement in skin laxity of the lower face and neck.
- Tightening of the jowls of the lower face.
- Removal of excess chin and lower face fat.
- Improvement in jawline contour.
- Improvement in banding of the neck.
- Lower face rejuvenation
After a Neck Lift
After the procedure, patients leave with a chin strap in place that is to be worn 24 hours a day (excluding showering) for the first week. A travel neck pillow is helpful for sleeping at night given that both ears will be swollen and tender for the first few days/week. Patients can expect immediate results with some residual swelling and bruising which will go down considerably during the first week. The later effects of neck tightening can be seen even months after the initial surgery.
How Much Does a Neck Lift Cost?
The cost typically ranges from $3000-5500.
*Please note that pricing for a neck lift may vary based on the individual needs of the patient.