What Can a Neck Lift Do?

Over time, even if your face still appears youthful, the appearance of your neck can leave you looking older, with excess fat, creases, vertical bands, and the sagging look called “turkey neck.” If you are bothered by these concerns, then neck tightening may be the right procedure for you. This surgical procedure tightens skin, removes fat, and repairs muscle through a small incision under the chin and incisions on either side of the face hidden around the ears. If you are struggling with the following conditions, a neck lift in Austin can help rejuvenate your look:

  • Sagging neck skin
  • Creases and sagging skin
  • Wrinkled, droopy neck skin
  • Double chin
  • Fatty upper neck
  • Vertical neck bands

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What is a neck lift?

A neck lift is a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure designed to improve signs of aging in the neck and jawline. Technically known as a lower rhytidectomy, this surgery can reduce jowls, loose neck skin, abnormal contours caused by muscle banding in the neck, and excess fat under the chin. The result is a smooth, firm shape that can take years off the appearance. 

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    Am I a Candidate for a Neck Lift in Austin?

    If your neck has lost its youthful profile, if it sags and droops, or if you have fatty deposits affecting your jawline and upper neck, it can impact your overall look and your confidence. While a facelift can create a more youthful facial look, many people will achieve the best results with a neck lift or a combination of a neck lift and a facelift. To be a good candidate, you must meet the following requirements:

    • Are in good general health
    • Are able to stop taking blood-thinning medications for several weeks
    • Are a non-smoker
    • Have no medical condition that could affect healing
    • Have a full understanding of the surgery and recovery and what to expect in terms of results

    What are the Benefits of a Neck Lift?

    A custom neck lift in Austin can subtly but significantly improve your appearance. The benefits include:

    • Reduced visible signs of aging in the neck, jowls, and under the chin
    • Restored firm, youthful definition of the neck and jawline
    • Double chin fat and upper neck fat removed
    • A smoother, more youthful neck profile
    • Increased self-confidence

    Recovery from a neck lift – what should I expect?

    After your procedure, which may require several hours, you are free to return home. You will have full aftercare instructions and several medications you must take according to the schedule, which may include pain medication, steroids, antibiotics, and anti-nausea medicine. Follow all aftercare instructions carefully, so your healing goes quickly. You can expect bruising and swelling after your surgery, which fades, generally within about two weeks, with residual swelling requiring several months. You must sleep with your head elevated during your recovery to help reduce swelling.

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    Neck lift and liposuction at Face Austin

    At Face Austin, your surgery will be performed by a highly educated and experienced facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Antunes. We focus strictly on face and neck rejuvenation and reconstruction and have an unshakeable philosophy: “there are no shortcuts to quality.” Every neck lift procedure in Austin is performed with precision and the latest, most effective surgical techniques – for very natural results.

    Why choose Face Austin for a neck lift?

    Not all plastic surgeons have dedicated the required added years of education and practice to achieve board-certification as a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon and a specialization in otolaryngology, head and neck surgery. Dr. Antunes is one of the few surgeons in the Austin area who has devoted his entire professional life to becoming a specialist in facial plastic surgery – and his results are extraordinary.

    Beyond his specialization in face and neck surgery, Face Austin was established to provide the highest level of personalized care, discretion, and an extraordinarily pleasant journey to a more youthful profile. The entire staff is professional, caring, and focused on a warm and caring experience.

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    Can I Combine a Neck Lift with Another Procedure?

    If you are unhappy with the signs of facial aging, you may require more than one procedure. Every person is unique in the degree of facial aging, and a neck lift could be combined with other custom facial procedures, including:

    Only a private consultation will reveal what procedures will create the look you envision for yourself. You can be confident that we will listen closely to what you hope to achieve, and do everything possible for you, and will focus on leaving you thrilled with your results! Fresh, natural, and rejuvenated. The first step is a private consultation to speak with you, evaluate your condition, and provide you with honest, open answers to all your questions and concerns.

    Neck Lift FAQ

    When can I return to work after a neck lift?

    Most patients require about 1-2 weeks to recover before they return to work.

    Where will the incisions be?

    The incisions are very small, made under the chin and behind the ears.

    Will there be scarring?

    Once they are healed, the incisions will be very difficult to see. They are hidden in the natural lines and folds of your chin and ears.

    What are the risks of a neck lift?

    Like any surgery, a neck lift has risks, including infection, reaction to anesthesia, bleeding, and blood clots. Complications may include tightness in the neck, change of sensation or numbness, and lumpiness.

    How long will the results last?

    Results after a neck lift may last up to ten years.

    How do I prepare for a neck lift procedure?

    Stop taking any blood-thinning medications, and quit smoking about a month before your surgery.

    Can a neck lift and liposuction be combined with other procedures?

    This procedure is often combined with others, such as a facelift, brow lift, eyelid surgery, and others.

    How much does a neck lift cost in Austin?

    The cost of a neck lift in Austin varies based on the complexity of the procedure and the type of neck lift that is performed. The cost is higher if a neck lift involves submandibular gland resection or other neck contouring surgical procedures. If the procedure is relatively simple, the cost is lower. After your consultation, a custom surgical plan will be created to achieve your desired aesthetic goals. From there, your exact price will be determined.

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