A neck lift, or lower rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that improves visible signs of aging in the neck. The loss of youthful contours in the face and neck can be due to a variety of factors, including heredity, gravity, environmental conditions and stress.
Some people feel they are not ready for a full facelift because the upper face is still pleasing. However, many patients will note excess wrinkling of the neck skin, a double chin or “turkey wattle” and jowl lines. When the neck area doesn’t match the upper facial appearance, a neck lift may be a good solution. A neck lift is one of the cornerstones of facial rejuvenation, where repositioning muscles and re-draping excess skin are required.
Frequently Asked Questions
What neck lift surgery can treat?
- Excess fatty deposits under the chin
- Loose neck skin
- Muscle banding in the neck, which created abnormal contours
- Loosening of the neck muscles
Interested in fixing the poorly-defined jawline?
When you’re young, your face is fuller. But, as you age, you lose support in the face and your jawline starts to sag, taking on a more trapezoidal shape.This is when ‘jowls’ start to appear. A neck lift surgery can potentially rejuvenate the contour of the neck and improve the jawline. But, a neck lift alone might not improve the appearance of jowls. Most of the time, people think they need a neck lift for their poorly defined jawline only to discover that a facelift combined with a neck lift may be more appropriate. This is because the jowl area along the jawline is lifted with a facelift.
Interested in fixing the vertical bands on your neck ?
The neck muscles are typically hidden behind layers of fat. As you get older, the padding of fat decreases, reducing the barrier between muscle and skin. This is how unattractive, vertical neck bands develop. Also known as platysmal bands, these bands take on a thick and rubber band-like appearance, hanging underside the chin down to the Adam’s apple area. Also, with age, the muscles loosen. A neck lift elevates the skin of the neck, tightens the underlying muscles, and re-drapes the skin.
What neck lift surgery can’t do ?
As a restorative surgery, a neck lift cannot stop the aging process. A neck lift can only be performed surgically; nonsurgical rejuvenation treatments cannot achieve the same results, but may help delay the time at which a neck lift becomes appropriate and complement the results of surgery.
Are you interested in a nonsurgical neck lift?
Some people may want to improve the aging appearance of their neck with nonsurgical procedures. However, these procedures will not tighten loose muscles or redrape and remove excess skin.
Botulinum protein injections can be used on the vertical neck bands to relax the muscle and reduce wrinkling. Dermal fillers can restore lost volume to the skin. Radiofrequency and/or microneedling can rejuvenate the skin by reproducing collagen. However, it is important to note that Botulinum protein results are only temporary, and only works to prevent the development of future neck brands rather than fixing those you already have.
How can I control pain at home?
Dr. Zadeh will be giving you prior to the surgery, a prescription for pain medication to take home with you. That way, the medication will be at your disposal once you arrive home from the surgery.
Note: Make sure Dr. Zadeh knows about pain medications that have caused you problems in the past.
How much does a neck lift cost ?
The cost for a neck lift generally starts at $9,500. However, additional charges may apply if the patient has a particular condition or if different surgeries are combined.The final cost of your treatments will be calculated on an individual basis in accordance with your needs.
When not to consider a Neck Lift
Besides suffering from the common issues that a neck lift can fix, other factors can influence whether or not a neck lift surgery is for you. Dr. Zadeh makes it a point to suggest what he feels to be the safest and most effective combination of facial rejuvenation procedures for you. He won’t recommend a neck lift unless you’re truly a good candidate for the procedure. In some instances, a neck lift may not be appropriate, such as:
- You lack skin laxity in the neck
- You have unrealistic expectations of the procedure
- You can’t take the time off that’s necessary for full recovery