Neck Lift

Our necks are often one of the first places where we start to show our age. People with muscle laxity under the chin, sagging skin folds in the back of the neck, or lower face can benefit from a neck lift. A neck lift can remove excess skin and fat from your lower face and neck area while lifting or tightening the underlying tissues, transforming your jawline and neck, dramatically rejuvenating your appearance and providing you with a more youthful profile. Having a facelift, PrecisionTx liposuction, and/or chin enlargement may enhance the result of a neck lift. We also offer a non-surgical procedure called Ultherapy.

Who is a candidate for a neck lift?

A neck lift may be the right choice for you if:

  • you are still mostly happy with your upper cheeks and do not feel as if you
    need to or want to undergo a full facelift
  • you have excess wrinkling or creasing across your neck
  • you have prominent “cords” or “bands” in your neck
  • you have loose skin on your neck (creating the “turkey wattle”)
  • you have a “double chin”
  • you have jowls (loose skin along the jawline)
  • you have lost the distinct jawline that separates your neck from your face

Basically, if you feel that your neck doesn’t match your upper facial appearance, a neck lift may be a good solution. Your skin must also have good elasticity, so that it can conform to your new and improved contour.

Benefits of a HARMONIC® neck lift

Dr. Moya has had great success using HARMONIC® technology for many of his procedures, including facelifts. Whereas the more conventional and widely-used surgical instrument (Bovie) cuts and cauterizes (seals) tissues via electrical current, HARMONIC® devices use ultrasonic vibrations to perform the same tasks. This means that instead of using heat to cut and seal tissues (which can then spread and damage the surrounding tissues not being removed from the body), there is only minimal energy (heat) transfer and thus very little damage to surrounding tissues.

“So what does all of that mean for me?” you might ask. Well, for Dr. Moya’s facelift and neck lift patients, using a HARMONIC® scalpel means that there will be very little post-operative bruising, swelling, and pain, which then results in a much quicker return to your social activities. For certain patients, depending on the degree of surgery and/or length of surgical time needed, the advanced technology allows the procedure to be more easily performed under only local anesthesia with mild sedation, since there is no electrical stimulation of the nerves and muscles (unlike traditional instruments) which could cause muscle twitching and patient discomfort.

HARMONIC® technology is very different from traditional surgical instruments, and because of this, specialized training and modest amount of experience are necessary in order to obtain superior results. Dr. Moya has been utilizing this technology since 2007, and will be happy to show you what it can do for you.

How is a neck lift procedure performed?

Completed as an outpatient procedure while the patient is under is either under local or general sedation, a neck lift requires an incision under the chin. After an incision is made, fat is then suctioned or directly excised, muscles are tightened, and a small amount of skin may be removed. Skin removal is dependent on individual case. 

Recovery after a neck lift

The patient goes home with chin and neck dressings or an elastic sling. Initial discomfort can be controlled with oral medication. Swelling and bruising typically disappear over 2 weeks. The final result should be evident in 1 to 3 months.

Insurance Guidelines

Because this procedure is considered to be cosmetic, the cost is not covered by insurance and must be paid by patient. The cost of a necklift can be determined during a consultation with one of our surgeons.

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