Neck lift, also known as cervicoplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure intended to improve the contour and appearance of the neck. The procedure often involves removing excess skin from the neck as well as fat between the muscle and skin layer. In order to get positive results, it is sometimes necessary for the surgeon to work underneath the muscles of the neck to manipulate their deeper structures. The type of neck lift approach chosen by the surgeon should be customized for the individual as opposed to using the same technique for every patient. Overall, the goal is to provide a rejuvenating appearance and smooth contour to the neck.
In general, a GOOD CANDIDATE includes a person who:
There are also people who are NOT GOOD CANDIDATES:
The approach chosen by the surgeon depends on what patients expect out of the procedure. The surgeon needs to make a determination about which technique is best to achieve a result that is realistic as well as aesthetically pleasing to the patient.
Cervicoplasty is performed according to the needs of the patient. There might be more than one procedure performed during the surgery so the time in the operating room varies according to the patient. Many patients combine a neck lift with a brow lift, a facelift or eyelid surgery.
The cost of a neck lift varies according to the technique used by the surgeon. In general, cervicoplasty prices vary based on the items involved in the procedure. It could be in the price range of $3000-$14,000 but patients can expect to add another $1000-$4000 if they also utilize liposuction. If the patient has platysmaplasty (reconstruction of the neck muscles) as well, the overall price is usually around $6000-$8000.
Following a neck lift, patients should expect to take 2-3 weeks off work for recovery. They will also need a family member to stay with them for a few days as they will be confined to bed. Prescription pain medication should be able to control any pain.
It is best for patients to wear shirts that button up in the front during the recovery period as pulling clothes over the head will be difficult.
There will be some bruising and swelling after the surgery. Patients cannot perform any heavy lifting or sports for a few weeks after surgery.
The length of the recovery time will be longer if the neck lift is combined with another procedure such as a face or brow lift.
There will be some improvement that can be seen immediately but the results will continue to improve over time. The final results can usually be seen within 6-7 months. Overall, the results should last between 5-10 years.
Limitations and Risks of Neck Lift (Cervicoplasty)
The biggest LIMITATION is probably the patient’s health. If the patient is not healthy, or morbidly overweight, the doctor will have to take that into account before performing surgery.
It is often necessary to treat patients before the surgery with good skin care, or medical skin care, in order to improve the quality of the skin so they can get better results from their neck lift. Preparing the skin before the neck lift improves the odds of having a more lasting cervicoplasty.
Some of the RISKS of cervicoplasty include:
Cervicoplasty may turn the clock back but the clock continues to tick. Even if the surgeon erases eight to ten years from the face and neck, the aging process will continue. While patients are always better off having a neck lift, the natural aging process continues so they may want to have it redone sometime in the future to maintain the natural looking results.
Written by Cosmetic Town Editorial Team - MA
Based on an exclusive interview with Jordan Deschamps-Braly, MD in San Francisco, CA