Many people are shocked to see the early signs of age appearing on the neck. The delicate, fine neck skin begins to have lines, creases, and sagging skin, leaving you looking older and less attractive. When performed by our double board-certified plastic surgeon in Miami neck lift surgery can restore a youthful contour to your neck, addressing and resolving lines, fatty deposits, creases, excess skin, and vertical bands.
A neck lift is a custom surgical procedure, and every person has different degrees of sagging, wrinkling, or pockets of excess fat. The process may include surgical excision of sagging skin, liposuction, or added procedures such as skin resurfacing to address pigmentation issues while smoothing and firming the neck area. Many patients want to correct flaws such as a double chin, sagging jowls, or lack of definition to create a more youthful, refined neck contour.
There are three general types of neck lifts. Each is performed to achieve certain corrections. The procedures are:
This procedure extracts excess fat and is used in addition to a surgical procedure or as a single procedure for younger patients with a high level of skin elasticity. Used to address a double chin or excess fat on the neck, it can create a more attractive contour simply by removing the excess fat. An advantage of liposuction is the incisions are small, comparable to the size of a pencil eraser.
There are a few things those considering neck or submental liposuction in Miami should know. Reducing fat pockets in these areas will indeed create a more streamlined profile. However, it is not suitable for patients with poor skin elasticity. Most liposuction devices will not meaningfully tighten the skin. It may also contribute to skin laxity in patients that have a lot of excess fat or poor skin quality to begin with. The good news is chin and neck liposuction can be performed alongside neck lift surgery, including both cervicoplasty and platysmaplasty.
This surgical procedure trims and firms the neck structure by removing excess skin and fat. If sagging neck skin is your primary concern and your platysma muscle is in good shape, this might be the technique for you. After placing an incision behind each earlobe, our surgeons dissect and elevate the skin, removing any excess. After resecting and redraping the skin, they close the incision, leaving the formerly sagging neck taut and smoother in appearance. This technique also pairs well with liposuction for patients requiring additional chin or neck fat removal.
This procedure is performed when the neck has developed vertical bands, “turkey neck,” a double chin, and fatty jowls. This procedure is an excellent way to rejuvenate the entire zone. As the name suggests, platysmaplasty is a neck lift technique that specifically addresses the platysma muscle. The platysma is a broad sheet of muscle that wraps around the front and sides of the neck. It splits in the middle, and the distance between the two halves can widen as the muscle sheath becomes weaker with age. Such changes often lead to the formation of neck banding and can make the neck appear gaunt and hollowed. During platysmaplasty, our surgeons make tiny incisions under the chin or near the ears through which they access the platysma muscle and tighten it. They also reposition the skin and fat pockets as needed to give the neck a toned, swanlike appearance.
No matter the nature of your specific concerns about your neck’s appearance, a neck lift offers a practical and long-lasting solution. At our offices in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale neck lift surgery is entirely customizable, giving you the ability to address all of your concerns without over-treating. A neck lift doesn't stop you from aging, but it can reduce the effects of age on your neck by a decade or more. People who choose to undergo a neck lift are typically concerned about the following cosmetic issues: sagging neck skin creating lines, creases, and wrinkles across the neck; Vertical bands on the neck or a double chin, along with heavy chin due to excess fat cause many people discomfort; Loss of jawline definition or jowls. Of course, sun damaged skin on the neck is a main culprit for aging.
Dr. Jeremy White is one of Miami’s premier plastic surgeons, known for his surgical excellence. Along with his artistry and skill in performing plastic surgery, he is committed to compassionate care. He is the recipient of many awards and honors, including the “Doctor’s Choice Award Miami,” listed as a “RealSelf Top 500,” and has a 5-star rating on HealthGrades.com and RealSelf.com. When choosing a plastic surgeon, it is vital that you have complete confidence that your face (or neck) will be treated by a highly-skilled surgeon. The results will be with you for years, so be sure you receive the best neck lift Miami has to offer.
A neck lift, or neck contouring, is a procedure that rejuvenates the entire facial appearance. It is appropriate for people who are in good general health but are unhappy with the appearance of excess skin, fat, and tissue under the chin and on the neck. To undergo the procedure, you should be in good general health, be a non-smoker, and have a full understanding of the procedure, what to expect in results, and without a medical condition that could endanger you when under surgery.
The details of your neck lift procedure will depend on your personalized treatment plan. Your neck lift may be performed under general or local anesthesia with sedation.
Once your medication has taken effect, Dr. White will create incisions around the bottom crease of your ear. Depending on the extent of your procedure, your incision may extend from the bottom of your sideburn to your hairline behind your ear. In addition, if liposuction is being performed, you may also have a small incision under your chin.
Dr. White will reposition tissues and remove excess fat and skin according to your surgical plan through these incisions. This may include liposuction and tightening the muscles in the neck for an optimally sculpted appearance. Once he has performed all procedures necessary to produce the look you desire, he will close all of your incisions, apply dressings, and prepare you for your recovery.
Like other rejuvenation procedures, a neck lift can be combined with virtually any other surgical cosmetic procedure to maximize your results. Combining procedures is an excellent way to achieve the most effective and efficient treatment for your concerns. You can ultimately cut down on expenses and downtime versus those of separate procedures by addressing multiple concerns at once. Procedures commonly combined with a neck lift include:
Restore youthful skin tautness and tissue positioning throughout the face for the most comprehensive facial rejuvenation.
Lift and smooth the brow and forehead for long-lasting rejuvenation in the upper portion of the face.
Address aging in your mid-face by restoring the cheeks to their more youthful position and smoothing wrinkles and folds. Depending on the details of your neck lift procedure, a mini facelift may be performed through the same incisions as your neck lift.
Remove excess skin and reposition underlying tissues in your upper and/or eyelids for a bright, energized, and youthful appearance.
Fat grafting is a versatile way to rejuvenate the midface, restore more youthful cheekbones, and blend the contours of the cheeks to the lower eyelids… all while slenderizing your midsection!
As a neck lift is a surgical procedure, you will need to plan for one to two weeks off work. After surgery, you will need a friend or member of your family to stay with you. The first stages of healing are the most difficult, but pain is mild and will be managed with prescription medication. You are encouraged to walk, but must avoid strenuous activity that will raise your blood pressure.
Bruising and swelling are common and not concerning. We use special medications and techniques during your surgery to help minimize this and help you recover quickly. Your body is working to heal, and you need to help it along by carefully following all aftercare instructions we provide. We monitor our patients during recovery and will see you at your first post-op appointment, typically one to two days after surgery.
A neck lift can dramatically improve your appearance, making you look years, or even decades younger, depending upon the extent of the sagging and drooping. Unfortunately, excess skin and fat under the chin will make you look heavier and are almost impossible to resolve without surgery -- particularly when the skin has lost its youthful elasticity.
Dr. White will spend all the time you need to answer your questions and concerns, and to evaluate your neck and skin to determine how to best enhance your appearance. You can expect to be treated with warmth, kindness, and discretion. The goal of the surgery is for you to still look like yourself, but just a younger version. We hope that your friends, family, and colleagues comment on how good you look without knowing you had surgery. Achieving a truly natural improvement requires skill, artistry, and knowledge of the latest surgical methods. Connect with us at ARC Plastic Surgery in Miami, and let’s have a conversation about our advanced anti-aging treatments, including a surgical neck lift or other options. We have them all.
After neck lift surgery, you want to maintain your rejuvenated look. To keep your skin looking its best and avoid further damage for longer, it is important that you avoid gaining excess weight and care for your skin properly. Always cover your skin with sunblock to avoid further damage. We can guide you to the most effective products to use. Many of our patients are so thrilled with the results that they find they are far more active socially and are inspired to live a healthier lifestyle.
While all board-certified plastic surgeons have devoted many years to medical training, they vary in innate ability and artistry. Dr. Jeremy White is recognized as a premier Miami plastic surgeon and has exceptional qualifications. His total mastery of advanced surgical techniques that produce the most attractive results has made him one of the most trusted, sought-after plastic surgeons in Miami.
Having completed two residencies, one in plastic and reconstructive surgery and the other in otolaryngology, Dr. White possesses a breadth of knowledge rarely found in a single surgeon. If you are interested in discussing your neck lift options and designing your optimally personalized treatment plan with Dr. Jeremy White, please contact us at ARC Plastic Surgery to schedule your consultation. Dr. White serves Miami, Boca Raton, and Fort Lauderdale patients. During your appointment, Dr. White will listen closely and assess your concerns thoroughly to present you with all of your best options. From there, he will help you design a treatment plan tailored uniquely to you so that you will achieve results that are authentically you in every way.
A neck lift is an elective cosmetic procedure and insurance will not cover it.
You will not feel anything during surgery as you will be under general anesthesia. You will feel some soreness after surgery, but Dr. White will prescribe prescription medications to treat your discomfort. You should plan to take a few weeks off work or high stress activities to concentrate on recovery.
Neck lift surgery prices vary depending on the neck lift technique, type of anesthetic, whether it’s combined with related procedures, and several other factors. In the United States, the average price falls somewhere around $10,300. The best way to find out how much a neck lift costs in Miami is to contact our office for a private consultation. After examining you, our surgeons can provide you with a detailed price quote.
Neck lift results can last between 10 to 15 years on average. Your neck will continue to age, which can lessen the results over time. However, the tissues likely will not sag as much as they did before the operation. To prolong your results, engage in a healthy lifestyle, do not smoke, wear sunscreen daily, and apply high-quality skincare products to your neck.
Most of our Miami neck lift patients pursue this surgery at age 35 to 65, putting the average age at approximately 50 years old. However, age is not the most crucial factor when deciding whether to have the surgery. Physical signs of neck aging can show up in a person’s late 20s or not appear until they are closer to retirement age. So long as you are mentally and physically healthy, you may be a candidate for the operation.
Neck lifts can make a person look much younger, especially when paired with related procedures such as facelift surgery. Your surgeon cannot guarantee that you will look a certain age after neck rejuvenation, but you should appear fresher and more rejuvenated afterward.
Surgery always leaves a scar. Your surgeon may place the incisions discreetly within the hairline, around the ears, or under the chin, depending on the type of neck lift. As the incisions heal, the neck lift scar should fade gradually. This process takes a year on average. Some patients, especially prone to poor scar healing, may have more prominent scarring.
If you’re considering plastic surgery, choosing the right plastic surgeon could not be more important. Dr. Jeremy White is the recipient of many honors and awards, Doctor’s Choice Award Miami, the 2016 RealSelf Top 500, and the prestigious Castle Connolly Top Doctors Award Winner every year since in 2017. We invite you to have a consultation about the procedure you need. Schedule your consultation today.