What Is a Neck Lift?
The neck often shows noticeable signs of aging that contribute to an unsatisfactory aesthetic. Patients can achieve a more youthful neck and improved jawline definition by undergoing neck lift surgery. A neck lift rejuvenates the appearance of the neck by removing excess skin, tightening the remaining tissues, and enhancing the contours of the jawline, producing lasting and attractive effects. Dr. Mendieta tailors each neck lift procedure to reflect his patients’ objectives and complement their individual facial anatomy.
Am I an Ideal Neck Lift Candidate?
Ideal candidates for neck lift surgery must be non-smokers with realistic expectations of the procedure. During your consultation, Dr. Mendieta will evaluate your condition before determining the most appropriate approach to address your needs. Individuals who are considering neck lift surgery can relate to any of the following cosmetic concerns:
- Vertical neck bands
- A double chin
- Poor jawline definition
- Sagging neck skin
- Wrinkles or creases on the neck
How Is a Neck Lift Performed?
Neck lift surgery is designed to minimize the visible signs of aging and sagging skin at and around the jawline. Depending on the necessary length of time for the surgery, personal preference, and your overall health, local or general anesthesia may be used. Incisions are hidden underneath the chin and behind the ears for inconspicuous, yet effective, neck rejuvenation. Neck lift surgery can last two to three hours. Through these incisions, sagging skin is removed, fat deposits are removed, and the underlying muscles are tightened to create a refreshed appearance.
Should I Combine My Neck Lift With Other Facial Surgeries?
Patients who are experiencing signs of aging in other areas of the face may want to consider combining their neck lift with other techniques for comprehensive facial rejuvenation. To achieve optimal results, patients may have this procedure performed in conjunction with:
- Brow lift surgery to lift sagging brows and smooth forehead lines
- Blepharoplasty to eliminate upper eyelid hooding and lower eyelid bags
- Facelift surgery to address sagging skin and tissues in the midface and lower face
- Liposuction to remove submental fat beneath the chin
- Chin augmentation to restore projection and strength to the chin and jawline
- Rhinoplasty to reshape irregular nose contours
What to Expect After a Neck Lift
How Long Does It Take to Recover From a Neck Lift?
Patients will likely experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort immediately after surgery. These side effects will subside within a couple of weeks. Dr. Mendieta will prescribe oral pain medication to help minimize postoperative discomfort. It can take between two and four weeks to recover from a neck lift procedure, and most patients can resume working within two weeks.
The average recovery time for a neck lift will depend on factors like age, type of anesthesia used, and how committed you remain to post-surgery care.
Patients are advised to take a week or more to rest. Also, eating a healthy diet and taking care of your general health is crucial. Follow Dr. Mendieta’s guidelines and remember to attend your follow-up appointments even when you feel alright.
When Can I Exercise After a Neck Lift?
Neck lift patients are advised to refrain from exercise, strenuous activity, and heavy lifting during the first two weeks of recovery. Bending should be avoided for three to four weeks.
How Long Does a Neck Lift Last?
Patients will notice some improvement to the neck area immediately following surgery. However, the final results will not be visible for 6 months, as the body heals and becomes accustomed to its new contours. Results vary depending on lifestyle choices and genetics, but they can last between 5 and 10 years.
Every person’s body is unique and responds to neck lift surgery in different ways. Most patients enjoy its effects for years — if not decades — but this will largely depend on skin care and dietary habits. Exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy diet, and hydrating your skin can help keep it wrinkle-free and glowing.
Neck Lift FAQs
At what age can I undergo neck lift surgery?
The primary factor when determining if neck lift surgery is right for you is the degree of facial aging you have experienced. Genetics and lifestyle influence the rate at which a person develops signs of aging, so there is no age requirement for this procedure. Most patients often choose to undergo neck lift surgery in their 40s so that they are healthier and can take advantage of their results for many years.
If I am visiting from out-of-town, how long should I stay in town after my surgery?
You should stay in town for at least two weeks after surgery to heal enough for your departure and complete any required follow-up visits with Dr. Mendieta.
What are the risks involved with neck lift surgery?
As with any surgical procedure, potential risks include:
- Skin discoloration
- Nerve injury
- Poor wound healing
- Unsatisfactory results
What is the main purpose of a neck lift?
The main goal of a neck lift procedure is to tighten the loose skin around the neck area and remove excess tissue or fat deposits between the chin and collarbone region, including a double chin. It restores the contours of the neck for a more youthful-looking appearance.
How much does a neck lift cost?
The cost of a neck lift is dependent on many factors, such as the surgeon’s fee, type of anesthesia used, location, and the extent of the procedure. Additionally, combining a neck lift with another procedure, such as a facelift, will have additional costs.
Why must most facelifts be combined with neck lift surgery?
In most cases, a facelift is combined with a neck lift for the ultimate rejuvenating results. If the aging effects of the neck are not addressed with a facelift, they will end up affecting the results of the facelift and leave an unbalanced appearance. It is, therefore, necessary to perform these surgeries together to create a more natural facial contour.
While a facelift is almost always performed with a neck lift, a neck lift does not always require a facelift. Some patients — who are diligent about their facial skin maintenance but may forget about the neck — benefit from a neck lift alone. Discuss your facial rejuvenation options with Dr. Mendieta during your consultation.
Is a neck lift necessary for excess fat under the chin?
If your only problem is fat under the chin, then you may be able to get the results you desire with neck liposuction alone. For this to work, the patient has to have good skin elasticity, no jowls, and no tissue banding in the neck.
Why does the neck age so quickly?
The muscle and skin tissues on your neck are weaker than those on your face. The skin is much thinner on the neck, making it less capable of retaining moisture — thus causing dryness.
Neck aging is also caused by fat and skin on your neck moving forward. Gravity pulls these tissues down, causing wrinkles to form. This process of middle age affects people differently depending on their genetics, lifestyle, and environment.
Sun exposure and smoking also lead to premature aging. Chemicals in cigarettes cause wrinkles on the jawline and weaken the skin. Sun exposure leads to wrinkles around the jawline and neck area as free radicals created by UV light attack the skin.
However, most often, the neck seems to age quicker than the face simply out of neglect. Many people forget to apply skincare products or sunscreen to the neck, resulting in premature aging.