Neck Lift Overview
Neck lift surgery — also known as platysmaplasty — is a procedure performed to remove excess sagging skin under the jaw-line and on the neck due to the natural aging process. A neck lift may also correct heavy neck or double chin concerns and is often a surgery performed on patients who have lost a considerable amount of weight. Oftentimes, patients will choose to have a neck lift when they are also scheduled to have a facelift. These procedures can be performed in conjunction with one another to give patients a complete transformation. During the initial consultation with Pittsburgh plastic surgeon, Dr. James Fernau, the various neck lift procedures will be discussed. A neck lift can restore a tight, youthful appearance to the skin under the chin and neck area.
Neck Lift Reviews
"56-year-old Male Trying to Get Ahead in the Workplace - Pittsburgh, PA - dr. Fernau was extremely professional and knowledgeable and kind and compassionate. Additionally, his staff reflected his demeanor and it was very obvious his staff had a remarkable amount of respect for him. He formulated a plan for me which was comfortable and made sense to me and obviously it works because my results are exceptional. - - I am a businessman with extra pressures in this competitive society. I went to Dr Fernau for a consult to enhance my confidence and during the consultation I felt extremely comfortable and he was so knowledgeable and professional with obvious cutting edge technology I Felt motivated for complete facial rejuvenation inquiring for head left and facelift and neck lift and rhinoplasty. Dr.Fernau delivered on every aspect of what I wanted. My results are far more than I expected. I now have confidence to compete in the New Age business world."- H. / RealSelf / Jan 10, 2015
"54 Year Old in Need of More Hair - Pittsburgh, PA - Dr Fernau performed a NeoGraft hair transplant approximately one year ago and my results are excellent. I have been a patient of Dr. Fernau for over 15 years and he has performed facelift, neck lift and eyelid surgery with outstanding results. I also recently had liposuction of my chest, stomach and love handles with outstanding results. He always stays on the cutting edge and always spends so much time with me I always feel right at home during the office visits.He is a world-class surgeon."- B. / RealSelf / Jul 18, 2015
"Dr. James Fernau and his staff are really the best. I have been very impressed with his skills after having a short scar neck lift and natural fillers in my face. At 47 and being male, it was a scary decision to have this procedure performed, BUT it went so smooth and the results are more than I ever expected. Dr. James Fernau was very careful to suggest that I have my face filled with my own filler and it looks completely natural. If you are thinking of doing anything to improve you looks, visit Dr. James Fernau. Only the best of recommendations from me going forward."- F.J. / Yellowpages / Oct 06, 2015
"I went to Dr Fernau for facial rejuvenation and with no pressure he explained to me in detail every aspect of facial rejuvenation and all the latest techniques available. He was kind and very knowledgeable. His staff was similar and made me feel very comfortable.I had been to many other plastic surgeons and I had felt pressured to do something and at no time did I feel pressured during my consult with Dr. Fernau. I am a high-profile businessman and we formulated a plan which would best fit my schedule.I had a four head left and facelift and neck lift and rhinoplasty with absolutely incredible results. I would recommend Dr. Fernau to my family and friends."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Jan 10, 2015
"Nine months ago Dr Fernau performed a facelift and a forehead left and a neck left and eyelid surgery and my results are amazing. My friends tell me I look 15 years younger. He also performed laser resurfacing of my scars free of charge and you cannot see any scars on my face lift incisions. I am extremely impressed by his nurses and staff as they have treated me so well and answered all of my questions. Dr Fernau keeps up with the latest technology and I am going to have a NeoGraft no incision hair transplant performed by him and his staff. Also he has his own aesthetician and I have gone to her for many micro dermabrasion's and she has placed me on a skin care regimen which I really like."- A. / Doctor.com / Jan 10, 2015
Neck Lift Surgical Technique
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 During/After Surgery
This procedure is performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient surgery at an accredited surgical clinic. 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 6 months for the final results to appear.
Neck Lift Expected Costs
For a complete neck lift, the cost can fluctuate between $5,500 to $9,000. This cost may vary further if liposuction is included in the surgery.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $5,500 - $9,000
- Recovery Time
- 7-10 Days
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2-4 Days
- Procedure Recovery Location
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 combatting 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.