About Neck Lift

A lower rhytidectomy, more commonly known as a neck lift, is a surgical procedure that corrects and improves wrinkles, lines, or other signs of aging in the neck area and jawline. A neck lift can address many problem areas, including:

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

It is important for potential patients to 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?

A neck lift can provide many benefits and enhancements for a patient, but it is important to set realistic goals and expectations for the outcome of the procedure. You may be a good candidate for a neck lift if:

– You desire tighter, smoother skin around the neck or jawline, but you are still happy with the appearance of your mid-face.
– You have good skin elasticity. This procedure involves the pulling and stretching of the skin. Good skin elasticity increases the likelihood of a smooth appearance once you’ve completely healed.
– You are a nonsmoker. If you smoke, most plastic surgeons will ask that you stop smoking entirely, or stop smoking six weeks prior to your procedure, as well as six weeks post-operation.
– You are in good health overall. This procedure requires a period of healing. Ideally, the patient would not have any medical conditions that would impair or complicate the healing process. If you suffer from a chronic medical condition, it’s best to speak to your primary care physician to see if this procedure is right for you.

If you believe you are a good candidate for a neck lift based on the qualifications outlined above, we suggest you schedule a consultation with Dr. Buchanan to discuss the possibility of a neck lift and the added benefits it could bring to your life.

What Will My Recovery Look Like?

While recovery from this procedure can vary from patient to patient depending on the complexity of the surgery, we usually suggest a minimum of 1-2 weeks off of work in order to rest and heal. If your neck lift was combined with another procedure, such as a brow lift or facial fat grafting, you should allow for more time off.

Immediately following surgery, patients are sent home with bandages around the face and neck that will help mitigate swelling. However, you can still expect severe swelling and bruising that generally lasts about 1-2 weeks. It is critical to keep the head elevated above your heart during this time in order to prevent bruising and swelling, which will aid in the healing process. Avoid twisting and bending the neck as much as possible.

It is extremely important to continue following Dr. Buchanan’s care instructions and always attend scheduled follow-up appointments.

How Long Will My Results Last?

While swelling can last from several weeks to several months, results are visible almost immediately. It is vital to maintain healthy skin care practices, such as regular sun protection and moisturization, in order to prolong results. A good and complete surgical necklift procedure should last 10-15 years. With age, your skin will naturally lose some of its elasticity, however, subsequent laxity and sagging will be far less severe than before your surgery.

How Much Does a Neck Lift Cost?

The cost of a tummy tuck surgery varies significantly depending on the complexity of your case and the geographic location of where the surgery is performed. It’s also important to note that the procedure amount does not reflect additional surgery costs, including:
– Anesthesia fees
– Operating room costs
– Blood or additional medical testing
– Compression garments for post-surgery
– Prescriptions
– Miscellaneous expenses, such as surgeon’s fees

Additionally, the cost of the procedure can be affected by the following circumstances:
– The amount of experience and overall reputation of your surgeon. You’ll find that surgeon’s with many years of experience, or that are highly regarded, will typically cost more.
– The techniques the surgeon uses for the procedure and the complexity of the case.
– Where your surgeon’s practice is located. Typically, larger cities have higher operational costs and are more expensive.

If you’ve considered a neck lift, but feel like you are limited financially, speak to Dr. Buchanan or one of the VIVIFY staff members about financing options. We do our best to work with each patient by offering financing plans to help her achieve her surgical goals.

Will Insurance Cover My Neck Lift?

In most cases, health insurance companies do not cover a neck lift surgery because it is considered a cosmetic enhancement procedure. However, specific situations may warrant an exception. We always recommend doing your research before proceeding with any surgery because it is important to be clear on your financial responsibility before undergoing any surgery.

Finding the Right Plastic Surgeon

During your search for a potential plastic surgeon, you should only consider a surgeon who is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). Board-certified surgeons spend a minimum of 6-8 years in training after medical school to ensure that they are well-trained in both aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.

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