Of all cosmetic surgeries, one that can produce a striking improvement to an individual’s profile, is a neck lift. At Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center in Sarasota, Florida, this procedure is ideal for weight loss patients and for those who have loose, sagging skin in the neck area as the result of aging and gravity. A neck lift removes excess fat and sagging skin to produce a more tightened, slimmer profile. It removes what some refer to as the “turkey neck.” In addition, this procedure treats the appearance of wrinkles and unsightly lines on the neck. The primary technique used during a neck lift is skin tightening. However, some patients may not necessarily need skin tightening, but instead could benefit from liposuction. During the consultation, the difference between a neck lift and neck liposuction will be discussed so that the best approach can be taken.
A neck lift removes hanging skin and reshapes the neck. During the procedure, an incision is placed under the chin and/or behind or in front of the ears. If fat deposits are present and need to be removed, liposuction will be used during the surgery and performed first. The final steps of treatment will be to trim away excess skin, pull the remaining underlying tissue and muscle tight, and suture the incision.
Neck Lift Reviews
"Dr. Mobley is an exceptionally skilled surgeon who would rank at the top of any list of cosmetic surgeons anywhere. I know because I have been to others considered among the best in the nation. He spends a lot of time with each patient during appointments and goes into great detail to explain various procedures, options, and recommendations. I have been extremely pleased with work done by Dr. Mobley on more than one occasion."- Anonymous / Vitals / Jun 09, 2009
"Professional ... caring ... perfectionist ... easy to talk with ... he makes you feel like you are his only patient ... you don't feel like just another number in this office."- Anonymous / Vitals / Jul 28, 2011
"Dr. Scott Engel is a top-class plastic surgeon. He did a superb job with my haggard 60-year-old face and neck. I am delighted with the very natural results. The post-surgery care was excellent. I would like to thank Dr. Engel and his professional, caring and happy team."- K.Y. / Vitals / Jun 30, 2015
"I chose Dr. Gram because of his reputation. You always hear his name around town. I am very happy with how I look after surgery. My sisters now want surgery too."- G. / Vitals / Mar 13, 2016
"The surgeon and staff were highly competent and concerned for me ."- Anonymous / RealPatientRatings / Aug 11, 2014
This procedure is performed under general anesthesia or "twilight sedation" as an outpatient surgery at our on-site, state-licensed, federally-certified ambulatory surgery center (ASC). The duration of the surgery usually takes around 2 hours, although it may vary depending on the case. Bruising and swelling will be visible after the surgery, but this will subside in the few short days following the procedure. Initially, patients will feel tightness and numbness. Once the neck adjusts to its new position, patients will notice a more relaxed feeling and a beautiful surgical result. It can take up to 3 months for the final results to appear.
Neck Lift FAQs
Alternative to Lift?
Surgery is the only way to remove loose skin, especially if it is loose enough to hang and droop. Therefore, a neck lift is the only solution when it comes to redefining an individual’s neck to create a strong contour. While there are some very good skin tightening laser treatments on the market today, surgery is still the best option.
There is minimal scarring with this procedure. Since the incision is placed under the chin and near the ears, the scarring is usually hidden. A skilled facial surgeon will take great effort to minimize scarring as much as possible.
This depends on the situation and the amount of loose and sagging skin that is present. Some weight loss patients are young and may require a neck lift at a young age (for example, those between 20-30). For older patients who are combating loose skin due to aging, the most common age is between 50-70.
During the initial consultation, it may be brought up that in addition to a neck lift, the patient may also benefit from another procedure, such as a facelift or a chin implant. It is common for these additional procedures to be combined to achieve the patient’s desired contours and aesthetic goals.
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- Recovery Time
- 2-3 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 3-3.5 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
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