Lake Norman Oral & Facial Surgery • Dr. Raymond J. Haigney II • 9727 Northcross Center Ct. Huntersville, NC 28078 (704) 987-3132

9727 Northcross Center Ct. Huntersville, NC 28078 (704) 987-3132

Neck Lift Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Neck Lift?

A huntersville neck lift is a cosmetic procedure which is designed to enhance and improve the appearance of the neck, jawline and throat region. A neck lift works by creating a smoother, more aesthetically pleasing neckline. A neck lift can also help eliminate the fat deposits and tighten the skin located on the neck.

Who is a Good Candidate for a Neck Lift?

A good candidate for a neck lift is a patient who does not smoke, is in good overall health and is close to a healthy weight.

What Is the Difference Between a Neck Lift and Platysmaplasty?

While there are some similarities between a neck lift and platysmaplasty, there are also some key differences between the two procedures.

A neck lift enables an individual to address the following signs of aging which are found on the neck and throat:

  • Fat deposits below the chin and near the jowls
  • Skin flexibility
  • Muscle tightness

In comparison, platysmaplasty involves a complete reconstruction of the neck muscles. The procedure allows a person to address the following issues:

  • Double chin
  • Fatty jowls
  • Loose and sagging skin
  • Distracting neck bands or cords

The surgeon can also help explain the differences between a neck lift and platysmaplasty.

How Is a Neck Lift Performed?

A traditional neck lift typically uses the following three components to treat an aging neck:

  1. Liposuction of the neck in order to eliminate excess fat from the chin and neck
  2. Removal of excess or sagging skin of the neck
  3. The tightening of the muscles in the neck. This is done by either pulling the muscles back or by suturing them together.

The outcome of a neck lift focuses on reversing the effects of aging in your neck. This includes the loss of elasticity in your skin and the pull of gravity. The goal of the procedure is to recreate a well-defined jaw line and re-position the soft tissues of the neck.

Are there Scars After a Neck Lift Surgery?

For most patients, recovery from a neck lift takes about two to four weeks. Scars may appear following the neck lift surgery, but they will become less noticeable over time. In most cases, the scars are difficult to see in the natural creases of the skin or in the hair line. Scars may also be hidden with makeup while the skin is recovering.

How Long Does a Neck Lift Last?

The results of a neck lift will typically last 10-15 years, but can vary for each patient. The treatment results can vary based on the patient’s skin prior to surgery and how well they take care of the skin following surgery. It is important to note that the face will continue to age after surgery. The results are also highly dependent on the individual’s natural aging process.

What to Expect During a Neck Lift Consultation?

The surgeon will discuss patient goals, the neck lift procedure, examine the neck, review risks and share the expected costs during an initial consultation.

How Much Does a Neck Lift Surgery Cost?

The typical costs which patients can expect when undergoing a neck lift can vary, but the general estimates are provided. A neck lift typically costs between $4,000 and $8,000. This cost depends on the patient and what specifically needs to be done. A neck lift, however, is often completed in addition to other surgeries, like a facelift. These combined surgeries can raise the total cost to $16,000 or more as reported by plastic surgeons. The cost of a neck lift can also vary based on your geographic location and the surgeon’s background.  A neck lift is also considered to be a cosmetic procedure, which means it is not usually covered by health insurance.

More information on Neck Lifts : What is a Mini Neck Lift?

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"Words cannot express enough, how wonderful, caring and professional Dr. Haigney and his staff are! After being rushed to the Huntersville hospital with an orbital fracture, broken nose and other facial damage, Dr. Haigney rushed me into surgery (on his day off I must add) and corrected all my problems. I only wish all doctors cared as much about their patients and their recovery as Dr. Haigney and his staff did. Thank you so much for everything! Your attention and compassion has helped me make my recovery as comfortable as possible. 5 star service!"