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About Neck Lift Surgery

A neck lift can address many problem areas, including:

  • Abnormal lines or wrinkles that appear on the neck
  • Loose skin underneath the chin, creating a “double chin” effect
  • Slackening jawline and/or jowl development
  • Hanging skin on the neck, creating a “turkey neck” effect

Potential patients must note that while the purpose of a neck lift is to reverse the signs of aging, it will not stop the natural aging process; it will only delay it.

Am I A Good Candidate For A Neck Lift?

If you desire to have tighter and smoother skin around your neck or jawline but are satisfied with the appearance of your mid-face, a neck lift in Tampa may be for you. It involves pulling and stretching the skin, and good skin elasticity can increase the likelihood of a smooth appearance once fully healed. 

It is important to note that if you are a smoker, most plastic surgeons will require you to stop smoking entirely six weeks prior to and after the procedure. Additionally, it is recommended that you are in good overall health, without any medical conditions that may impair or complicate the healing process. 

If you have a chronic medical condition, it is best to consult your primary care physician to determine if this procedure is appropriate for you. When you schedule a consultation with Dr. Buchanan, we can assess your medical history and aesthetic concerns to determine if a neck lift in Tampa can help you achieve your goals.

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What Will My Neck Lift Recovery Look Like?

The recovery period for this procedure may differ from patient to patient and depends on the complexity of the surgery. However, we typically recommend taking at least 1-2 weeks off from work to allow for adequate rest and healing; allow more time off if your neck lift was combined with another procedure, such as a brow lift or facial fat grafting. Immediately following surgery, patients are sent home with bandages around the face and neck that will help mitigate swelling and drains to remove fluid build-up around the surgical site.

Significant swelling and bruising may still occur, typically lasting about one to two weeks. To facilitate the healing process, keep the head elevated above the heart during this time to prevent further swelling and bruising. Avoid twisting and bending the neck as much as possible. It is essential to follow Dr. Buchanan’s care instructions and attend scheduled follow-up appointments.

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How Long Will My Neck Lift Results Last?

While swelling can last weeks to months, results are visible almost immediately. Maintaining healthy skin care practices, such as regular sun protection and moisturization, is vital to prolonging the outcome of your neck lift. A good and complete surgical neck lift procedure should last 10-15 years. With age, your skin will naturally lose some elasticity; however, subsequent laxity and sagging will be far less severe than before your surgery.

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How much does a neck lift cost? Prices starting at $13,000

The price of a neck lift in Tampa can vary greatly depending on the complexity of the case. Unfortunately, neck lift surgery is not covered by health insurance as it is considered a cosmetic procedure. It's essential to keep in mind that the total cost of the procedure may include:

  • Anesthesia fees
  • Operating room costs
  • Compression garments for post-surgery
  • Surgeon fees
  • Other miscellaneous fees

Additionally, there may be additional costs for:

  • Blood tests or other pre-operative testing
  • Medical clearance exams
  • Prescription medications

The cost of the procedure can also be influenced by factors such as:

  • The surgeon's level of experience and reputation
  • The techniques used for the procedure
  • The location of the surgeon's practice

If you have contemplated a neck lift but find yourself constrained financially, don't hesitate to discuss financing options with Dr. Buchanan or any of the VIVIFY staff members. We strive to assist each patient by providing financing plans that can help you fulfill your surgical goals.

Finding the Right Plastic Surgeon for Your Neck Lift

To ensure that you choose a qualified plastic surgeon, it's crucial to look for someone board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). These surgeons have completed a comprehensive training program lasting at least six to eight years beyond their medical education. This specialized training equips them with the knowledge and skills to perform reconstructive and aesthetic plastic surgeries with precision and expertise.

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What is a Deep Plane Necklift?

A deep plane necklift is a surgical procedure that is used to lift and tighten the skin and muscles of the neck. It is a more complex procedure than a traditional necklift, but it can produce more natural-looking results. A deep plane necklift is performed under general anesthesia. The surgeon makes incisions behind the ear in the hairline and under the chin. The skin is then lifted and the underlying tissues are repositioned. The surgeon may also remove excess skin and fat.

The deep plane necklift is a more invasive procedure than a traditional necklift, but it can produce more complete and natural-looking results. This is because the surgeon is able to reposition the underlying tissues including muscle, as well as sculpt the tissue below the muscle, rather than just lifting the skin.

The recovery time for a deep plane necklift is typically longer than for a traditional necklift. Patients can expect to experience bruising, swelling, and pain. The incisions will also take several weeks to heal.

Deep plane necklifts are typically performed on people who are in good health and who have realistic expectations about the procedure. They are not a good option for people who have a history of smoking, sun damage, or medical conditions that affect the skin.

Here are some of the benefits of a deep plane necklift:

  • Can produce more natural-looking results than a traditional necklift
  • Can address sagging skin in the neck and jawling
  • Can improve the appearance of the neck
  • Can last longer than a traditional necklift

Here are some of the risks of a deep plane necklift:

  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Scarring
  • Nerve damage
  • Unnatural-looking results

If you are considering a deep plane necklift, it is important to talk to a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss the risks and benefits of the procedure. Here are some of the things you can expect after a deep plane necklift:

  • You will have bruising and swelling around your face and neck.
  • You will have pain, which can be controlled with medication.
  • You will have to wear a compression garment around your neck for several weeks.
  • You will not be able to drive or work for several weeks.
  • You will need to take it easy and avoid strenuous activity for several weeks.

The results of a deep plane necklift can last for 10-15 years. However, the effects of aging will eventually catch up, and you may need to have the procedure repeated.

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Why Choose VIVIFY for Your Neck Lift?

At VIVIFY plastic surgery & medspa, we take our time getting to know each patient individually and discussing their concerns and goals. Through this approach, we are able to provide a unique and customized treatment plan that can provide the best outcomes and future care. We prioritize not only caring for patients for a specific concern but trying to build a long-term relationship. Choosing VIVIFY means choosing quality. Dr. Buchanan is board-certified with 12 years of medical training and over nine years of experience in practice. At VIVIFY, we may not be able to change the day-to-day of your life, but we are here to help you radiate more confidence in your approach to your personal and professional life. We are here to make your typical days just a little bit brighter!

Dr. Buchanan Also Offers a Mini Neck Lift & Deep Plane Neck Lift

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