Neck Lift - Fort Worth

What To Expect During And After Surgery

Neck lifts are performed under general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility. This surgery is considered an outpatient procedure and typically takes about 2 hours to complete, though this can vary case by case. Bruising and swelling is to be expected after surgery, as well as tightness and a pulling sensation as the neck adjusts to its new position. Patients should allow a period of rest of 7-10 days before attempting to return to work. Optimal aesthetic results may take several months to appear and for the neck to feel completely natural again.

Plan Your Procedure

Average Cost $6,000 - $8,000
Recovery Time 1-2 Weeks
Avg Procedure Time 1-3 Hours
Post-Op Follow-Up 1 Week
Recovery Location Out-Patient

Surgical Techniques

A neck lift can improve several issues, the most prominent of which are excess fat and hanging loose skin around the underlying neck muscles. An incision is made under the chin, and sometimes also behind or in front of the ears. Liposuction to remove fat is done first, followed by tightening of the neck muscles (platysma) by pulling them to an ideal position. The overlying skin is then stretched and re-draped to achieve an improved yet natural definition. Sutures are placed deep within the neck wall, and an inserted drain may be required for a short period of time to control bleeding.

Overview

Our necks are often an early showpiece of our progressing age. Gravity pulls, and the neck droops. But you don’t have to allow your neck to contradict the age that you feel! Neck lift surgery corrects the signs of aging at the neck and jawline. It can even be done concurrently with a face lift surgery for a full facial rejuvenation. Benefits of neck lift surgery include:

  • Removing loose, sagging skin from under the chin
  • Correcting visible vertical bands on the neck
  • Eliminating a double chin or extra fat bulges on the neck
  • Restoring a smoother, more youthful-looking neck

Our plastic surgeon, Dr. Daniels, performs neck lift surgery as an outpatient procedure at Anderson Plastic Surgery’s Fort Worth location. Loose skin is pulled up and back and removed, and neck muscles are tightened. Incisions are expertly hidden in front of and behind the ears. Patients gain a more defined and contoured neck and jawline.

Neck Lift FAQs

Is There A Nonsurgical Neck Lift?
Unfortunately, no. The only successful way to redefine a person’s neck and create definition and an improved contour is by removing excess loose skin through surgery.

Does It Leave Visible Scars?
The hiding of incisional scars is a skill that experienced plastic surgeons continually perfect. Incisions for neck lifts are placed under the chin and within the hairline near the ears so that anyone looking straight ahead at you will not see them. Every effort is made to minimize visible scarring as much as possible.
Is There An Average Age?
Individuals of different ages typically have different reasons for neck lifts. Patients in their 20s and 30s often seek neck lift after major weight loss, or if they have a hereditary defect of the neck. Patients in their 60s and 70s tend to undergo lifting to cosmetically treat the visible signs of aging.
Neck or Chin?
In some cases, patients who believe they have an issue with their neck may actually be dealing with the effects of a “weak chin.” The neck cannot have defined contour without proper support of the chin bone. A chin implant (genioplasty or mentoplasty) may be recommended to reshape the chin and provide more support by extending its width or forward protrusion. This can have a dramatic impact on the neck for many patients. This is a reconstructive procedure and requires the skill of an experienced plastic surgeon. In some cases, a neck lift may still be needed once the chin has been corrected.