Sun exposure and constant movement, coupled with naturally thin, delicate skin, often make the neck one of the first areas of the body to show its age. Facial plastic surgeon Dr. Konstantin is well-versed in smoothing away signs of aging and creating long-lasting results through neck lift surgery. Performed here in NYC, it's the preferred option for thousands of women and men each year.
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How the Neck Ages
The neck is a very complex structure, and it doesn't often follow a predictable pattern of aging. This is why neck lift surgery must be tailored to your specific needs.
Loss of collagen is a major contributor to facial aging, and the neck is certainly no exception. As the aging process progresses, the body produces less of its own collagen. With less collagen production, skin takes on a lax, sagging appearance and can appear wrinkled. With time, muscles also weaken, causing a "turkey wattle" appearance. The thin skin of the neck is also especially vulnerable to creases and lines.
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"The neck is quick to show its age but needs customized attention to look its best. Neck lift surgery can be adjusted to treat your specific concern and can be easily combined with facelift for a full transformation."
Who Is a Good Candidate?
If you are bothered by the signs of aging in your neck, you're likely a good candidate for surgery. The procedure can reduce the appearance of a double chin, fade horizontal neck bands, and add definition to the jawline.
Many patients who wish to undergo a neck lift cite other reasons, such as sagging skin that begins at the face or the development of jowls. In such cases, combining a neck lift with a facelift or endoscopic-assisted facelift is often the path to the best results.
Neck lift surgery in our New York City office is also appropriate for individuals who have lost a significant amount of weight and are left with an excess of loose, empty skin. Good candidates should be healthy enough to undergo surgery, and to ensure the best results, they should also precisely follow all postoperative instructions.
Depending on your specific circumstances, Dr. Konstantin will either perform your surgery while you are under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. He makes 2 small incisions behind your ears and may also make an incision below your chin. He may also remove or reposition excess fat to add definition, tighten the neck muscles to smooth away visible banding, and remove excess skin for a smooth contour. Neck lift surgery typically takes about 2 hours to complete, but it may last longer if combined with another procedure. A facelift is the most common complement to neck lift, but other patients choose to add upper face treatments such as eyelid surgery or brow lift.
Neck lift is an outpatient procedure. Your incisions are discreetly placed, but you may wish to bring a light scarf or hat with you to wear over your dressings on the trip home.
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What to Expect After Neck Lift
Immediately after surgery, Dr. Konstantin fits your neck with supportive bandages and dressings to help you feel comfortable and support your neck as it heals. Dr. Konstantin prescribes pain relievers to improve your comfort, as well. It's important to keep your head elevated and avoid moving your neck too much during the initial healing process. Swelling and bruising are normal and no cause for alarm.
Dr. Konstantin removes sutures after 1 week. After sutures are removed most patients feel comfortable returning to work and other daily activities. By this point, any residual bruising or discoloration can be easily concealed with makeup, and your neck will develop its new, youthful appearance. By treating your skin well and avoiding excessive sun exposure, smoking, and other unhealthy habits, you can prolong your results for many years to come.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a neck lift cost?
The cost of a neck lift, as with any cosmetic surgery, varies depending on a number of factors. The price of a neck lift performed by Dr. Konstantin typically ranges from $8,000 to $10,000, but the extent of the procedure can push the total a bit above or below that. Dr. Konstantin customizes the surgical plan based on the patient's unique goals and the condition of the skin and underlying muscle and tissue.
Are there nonsurgical alternatives to a neck lift?
Nonsurgical or minimally invasive procedures are not really neck lift alternatives. That's because only a surgical neck lift can produce dramatic, long-lasting results. Nonsurgical skin tightening or fat reduction treatments work well if you want minimal changes. But the only way to tighten neck muscles and minimize the appearance of sagging skin is through cosmetic surgery.
What about liposuction for the neck?
Neck liposuction can be an effective treatment, but it is typically best for younger patients who are more concerned about excess neck fat than those who are concerned about signs of aging. In fact, neck liposuction alone may actually make the neck appear more wrinkled if the skin has lost most of its elasticity.
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