About Neck Lifts
The neck is made of skin, a collagen-rich matrix layer, and a deep muscle layer. The muscle layer, or platysma, envelops the neck and acts like a sling to support the tissues of the neck.
Over time, one or more of these tissue layers may lose elasticity and can be corrected with surgical neck lifts or neck liposuction procedures. Houston facial plastic surgeon Dr. Raghu Athré has performed hundreds of these procedures, often in conjunction with a facelift to restore a youthful and defined look to the face.
Effects of Aging on the Neck
Gravity and genetics are the key components that can cause signs of aging around the neck area. As aging occurs, gravity pulls on the neck tissues causing them to droop and fall. The collagen and elastin-rich matrix of tissue deep in the skin can also begin to slowly degrade. These actions decrease the amount of support to the tissues of the neck, and over a lifetime, loose tissue (also known as a “waddle”) can form.
Genetics plays a major role in aging of the neck as well as in the development of excess fat in the neck. The end result is loose skin, excess soft tissue and fat, and the loss of the sharp, youthful angle of the neck.
Dr. Athre Discusses His Approach to Neck Lifts and Other Aging Neck Solutions
Neck Lift Procedure
Issues with the appearance of the neck are typically addressed through surgical approaches. A little excess fat and mild “droopiness” of the neck tissues can be effectively removed with liposuction.
Liposuction removes the excess fat and tightens the tissues of the neck. It is commonly performed in conjunction with the RT Mini Facelift, but can be performed alone as well. The purpose of liposuction is not only to remove excess fat, but to also trigger a platysma muscle contracture. This contracture tightens the neck and sharpens the neck and chin angle.
Significant excess neck tissue and excess fat must be addressed with a combination of liposuction and neck lifting. The neck lift is most often performed with a full facelift, but can be performed independently as well.
Neck Lift Recovery and Results
These procedures are performed under local anesthesia, deep sedation, or general anesthesia and take 30 minutes to an hour. Patients are able to go home the same day and are able to return to full physical activity within one week.
How much is a neck lift?
A neck lift costs anywhere from $3,000 to $6,000.
How long does a neck lift procedure take?
A neck lift procedure takes two to four hours.
Is a neck lift painful?
A local anesthesia will eliminate any pain during the neck lift procedure.
How long will my neck feel tight after a neck lift?
After a neck lift, you can expect your neck to feel tight with some light swelling or bruising for two to three weeks.
How long do the results from a neck lift last?
The results of a neck lift last 10 to 15 years.
“I had that ole turkey neck. Dr Athre and Sandy first off put me in complete ease regarding the procedure…they didn’t BS me. Dr Athre is completely straight forward and not intimidating at all, very down to earth… I wanted to look like me just better. Exactly what he did!”