Neck Lift (Cervicoplasty)

A slim neck is an eternal sign of grace and beauty. Many factors contribute to the look of the neck, including the prominence of the chin, the amount of fat underneath it, and the laxity of the skin around it. For patients who are unhappy with the look of their neck, there are many options to choose from. During a consultation, Dr. John Mancoll will listen to your concerns and examine your face and neck. He will then discuss with you what options you have.

 

Ideal Candidates

Ideal candidates for a neck lift are individuals in good physical and emotional health. All smoking and anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin, should be discontinued before surgery to decrease the likelihood of complications arising. Candidates should have realistic expectations about the outcome of their results.

Neck lifts may be a good option if you have one or more of the following conditions:

  • Extra skin and fat under the chin
  • Poor contrast between the neck and the lower portion of the face
  • An obtuse angle between the neck and the chin

Procedure

Dr. Mancoll performs neck lift procedures on an outpatient basis under deep sedation or general anesthesia. Most neck lifts are done in conjunction with a facelift, but for some patients, the upper portion of the face is not a concern. A standard neck lift will usually have a small incision under the chin and behind both ears. It takes between 2 and 3 hours for most neck lifts.

Precision TX

A non-surgical, minimally invasive type of neck lift is called Precision TX. It can be done under oral sedation and injected numbing medicine (see laser neck lift section).

Cost

There are several factors that determine the total cost of a neck lift surgery, including:

  • Facility fees
  • Anesthesia fees
  • Surgical fees
  • Prescriptions for medication
  • Post-surgery garments

Even for patients who have lost a lot of weight, neck lift procedures are typically considered cosmetic operations and therefore not covered by insurance. We participate with many cosmetic surgery financing companies, including Care Credit, and would be happy to help you with this process. Call our office today for assistance.

Potential Risks and Complications

As with any surgical procedure, there are certain risks associated with a neck lift, such as scars, infection, bleeding, asymmetries, postoperative discomfort, and adverse reaction to anesthesia. Although significant complications are uncommon, patients should understand that any surgery, performed for any reason, has risks and should not be taken lightly.

Dr. Mancoll prides himself on his ability to communicate with his patients and tailors each discussion to the patient’s individual needs. Dr. Mancoll and his staff will spend time helping you understand your procedure. You should feel free to ask questions at any time, and if you don’t understand the information, we will be more than happy to go over it again.

Recovery

Once surgery is complete, bandages will be applied to the incisions to minimize swelling. Ice packs and prescribed medication will be used to alleviate any pain or discomfort that exists during recovery. Typically, patients return to work after about a week, but strenuous exercise and activity should be avoided for 4 to 6 weeks.

Results

The results of neck lifts will be immediately apparent after surgery, but due to swelling and possible bruising, it may take 2 to 3 months to see the complete results. The improved contour and tighter neck can be expected to last for years.

 

We welcome you to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. John S. Mancoll by calling Mancoll Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery at (757) 305-9185 or filling out our online contact formDr. Mancoll has been voted by his peers as one of Coastal Virginia’s Top Plastic Surgeons 3 years in a row. He is devoted to helping each individual patient achieve the best results possible.