Neck Lift

How Much Does a Neck Lift Cost & Other FAQs

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They say your neck often shows your age sooner than your face. Not only is this true, but it is truer now more than ever. Thanks to tablets and smartphones, most of us spend large portions of the day with our heads angled downward, creating the infamous “tech neck” line across the throat — as well as skeletal issues. 

One solution to your neck showing your age is the neck lift. If you are unfamiliar with the procedure, no worries—you can learn all about it right here with these neck lift surgery FAQs.

What Is a Neck Lift?

Also known as a lower rhytidectomy, the neck lift is a form of plastic surgery that tightens the skin and addresses fat deposits around the jawline and neck. The neck lift can be performed on its own, or in conjunction with other procedures, such as a facelift.

What Does a Neck Lift Treat?

Neck lifts are designed to accomplish the following:

  • Address excess fat and skin in the lower face, eliminating the appearance of jowls
  • Remove excess fat under the chin
  • Tighten skin around the neck and jawline 
  • Smooth out lines and wrinkles on the neck
  • Alter muscles to create more pleasing contours

What Does a Neck Lift Cost?

The average cost of a neck lift in the United States is $5,110. This is not an all-inclusive price; you will also need to pay for things like medications, anesthesia, operating room fees and other costs. 

Additionally, this is just an average cost. Plastic surgery, like other products and services, comes with different prices in different areas. Urban locations tend to be pricier than more rural ones, and the higher the cost of living in a given city, the more you will pay. Also, consider that surgeons with more training and experience tend to charge more — though this isn’t universal. 

Ultimately, this means you can get an idea of the price range for your neck lift by researching online. But if you want something set in stone, you’ll need to talk to plastic surgeons in person or online. 

The cost of a neck lift will vary between providers. A consultation will ensure you get an accurate estimate.

Are Neck Lifts and Platysmaplasty the Same?

They are very similar, but they are two different procedures. Neck lifts are cosmetic procedures. Although they can make certain alterations to the muscles, neck lifts are not reconstructive. Platysmaplasty is an actual reconstructive surgery, addressing issues with the muscles that contribute to aesthetic concerns. 

What Is Neck Lift Recovery Like?

For most patients, it takes about 2-4 weeks. However, every person heals differently, and failing to follow your aftercare instructions could extend your healing period.

Usually, the patient will wear a band around their face and neck to help stabilize the area and reduce bruising and swelling. You will need to avoid heavy lifting for a while and take it easy. Be sure to eat well and hydrate. 

Will I Have Scars after a Neck Lift?

With any surgical incision, you are likely to develop scars. Your surgeon should take all possible steps to minimize their appearance by placing them in a less visible location and keeping them small. However, your skin will respond in its own way. If you tend to develop dark or thick scars in general, you can expect that your skin will react similarly after surgery.

How Much Does a Neck Lift Cost & Other FAQs
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How much does a neck lift cost? And what other essential facts should you know? Dr. Reo Pugao at Martin Plastic Surgery in Las Cruces explains.
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