The procedure is sometimes called a cervicoplasty or neck lift platysmaplasty. There are multiple procedures to enhance the appearance of the neck. Depending on the patient expectations and problems within their neck the procedure can be performed with little downtime. Problems in the area of the neck include increased fat deposits, skin laxity, and muscle laxity.
Candidates for a Neck Lift?
This procedure can be performed at any age if surgical indication is present; therefore, a proper evaluation is best to see if surgery or non-surgical procedures are appropriate. You may also be a good candidate if:
- You have excess fat of the neck
- Have loose neck skin and/or loose neck muscle
- Want a more defined neck angle
- You are healthy individual and do not have any medical conditionals that may impair healing
- Have realistic expectations and positive outlook
- A non-smoker. Patients are asked to stop smoking approximately 2-3 weeks prior and after surgery.
Procedure Right for Me
During the initial consultation at our practice, Dr. Sozer or Dr. Paul Phillips will examine your neck, pointing out multiple techniques that can be used during the neck lift procedure. It’s important to consider the specific areas you want to target for improvement, the desired length of recovery, and your post-surgical expectations.
When performing a neck lift procedure, the neck muscles are tightened either through the chin incision and/or the decision behind the ears.
Liposuction and/or chin augmentation/implant is best complimented with a neck lift. Neck lifts may also be done in conjunction with a facelift. Non-surgical options that our Advanced Clinical Medical Spa can provide and may help is Coolsculpting, Kybella, Ultherapy, Botox (release neck bands). Skincare products recommended: Neck, Chest, and Hand Repair by SkinCeuticals.
Neck Lift Recovery
Recovery time following a neck lift surgery varies greatly among individuals. Depending on your general physical condition and the extent of your surgery, you may be able to return to non-strenuous activities from two to three weeks after surgery. Bruising from a neck lift typically disappears in one to two weeks, but swelling may last longer. A significant portion of the swelling will subside in the first month, but complete resolution requires six months.
Risks and Complications
All surgery has risks and potential complications. Although the risks are not common, it is important that you understand the potential complications and know that no surgeon can offer risk-free surgery or guarantee of perfect result. Dr. Sozer or Dr. Paul Phillips will discuss any possible risks in detail during your consultation and will be sure to answer any questions or concerns that may arise.
Neck lift procedures are considered outpatient; however, if an overnight stay is required, we can also offer that service at our surgical center.
Our surgical center has been certified by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities. This is a voluntary program of certification, meaning that at El Paso Cosmetic Surgery we choose to have our plastic surgery center inspected to ensure excellence and quality care to our plastic surgery patients. Only those facilities that meet the most stringent requirements for patient care, cleanliness, and equipment are accredited by the AAAASF.
The next step is to schedule your consultation. During your consultation, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sozer or Dr. Phillips will evaluate you and discuss all your questions, concerns and desires before undergoing surgery so you can have realistic expectations. You may call our office at (915) 351-1116 to schedule your consultation or may fill out our “Schedule Your Consultation” tab and someone will contact you to make that appointment. Experience the Science of Beauty.