Wrinkles, sagging skin and stubborn fat deposits in your neck and chin area can leave you looking much older than you are. If these cosmetic issues are keeping you from feeling your best, a neck lift, also called platysmaplasty, could be right for you.
A neck lift removes and tightens excess skin and fat pockets, addressing the familiar “turkey neck” look. This procedure can also treat vertical platysmal bands, which can become visible as the platysma muscle stretches and droops with age.
Dr. Reo Pugao of Martin Plastic Surgery in Las Cruces, New Mexico, focuses on cosmetic procedures such as neck lifts that address common cosmetic concerns in the face and neck area. If you are bothered by the appearance of lines, wrinkles, sagging skin and other signs of aging, contact us online or call our office at 575-521-7111 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Pugao today.
Am I a Good Candidate?
If you are troubled by the appearance of a turkey neck, jowls, platysmal bands or other common cosmetic issues in the neck and chin area, a neck lift might be right for you. The ideal candidates for this procedure will be in good overall physical health, not smoke and have realistic expectations for the outcome of their procedure.
In some cases, a neck lift is best combined with other facial cosmetic surgeries such as a facelift, brow lift and/or eyelid surgery. In other instances, a neck lift on its own can achieve a more energized and youthful appearance. The right procedure or combination of procedures for you will depend on your specific goals and your natural anatomy.
Neck Lift FAQs
How much does a neck lift cost?
The average cost of a neck lift is around $5,200, according to data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This number does not include additional costs such as anesthesia and operating room fees. Keep in mind that the cost of a neck lift will vary based on your location, the cosmetic surgeon you choose and your individual needs and goals. Discuss financing and payment options at your consultation to help make your procedure as affordable as possible.
How do I choose a cosmetic surgeon for my neck lift near me?
Choose a cosmetic surgeon who has ample experience performing neck lifts and other facial cosmetic procedures in your area. Dr. Pugao is not only highly skilled and experienced but also has a trained aesthetic eye — an essential component of any facial procedure. Schedule a consultation with your top one or two picks to help you find the best fit for your specific needs and preferences.
What is the best treatment for a sagging neck?
A neck lift is going to give you the most dramatic results when treating sagging skin in the neck area. While there are nonsurgical skin tightening treatments available, these options do not yield the same dramatic and long-lasting results as a surgical neck lift.
Is a neck lift painful?
Neck lifts can be performed under general or local anesthesia — in either case, you will not feel any pain during your procedure. Expect some tightness, swelling and bruising in the few days and weeks following your neck lift. These symptoms are typically easily managed with oral pain medication.
Where are the incisions for a neck lift placed?
Traditional neck lift incisions typically start at your hairline near the edge of your sideburns. This incision then traces your ear, ending at your hairline behind the ear. Limited-incision neck lifts may be another option, depending on your goals and the severity of skin laxity you want to treat. Dr. Pugao takes great care in order to place incisions as inconspicuously as possible.
How long does it take to recover from a neck lift?
Most people take 1 to 2 weeks off work and other obligations to recover from a neck lift. Stitches can be taken out around 5 to 10 days after your procedure. Expect to have some swelling, bruising and tenderness in the first several days and weeks after your neck lift. Plan on resuming physical activity around week four, after discussing your progress with Dr. Pugao.