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Neck Lift FAQ

Dr. Houtan Chaboki is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon who offers a variety of facial rejuvenation procedures including neck lift surgery in Washington, DC. On this page, he answers many of the questions he is frequently asked about this procedure.

If you have additional questions about neck lift surgery, request a cosmetic consultation with Dr. Chaboki online or call (202) 800-2085.

1. How much does a neck lift cost?

Your necklift procedure is priced based on the specifics of your surgery. Because each procedure is unique, it's difficult to provide an exact cost estimate here. However, most neck lift procedures cost between $5,000 and $20,000 *.

2. Where is neck lift surgery performed?

Dr. Chaboki practices facial plastic surgery at several DC area surgical facilities to accommodate his patients. Minor procedures with local anesthesia are performed in the DC office. Surgical procedures with IV (twilight) sedation or general anesthesia are performed at accredited facilities with a licensed anesthetist.

  • Georgetown University Medical Center
  • The George Washington University Medical Center
  • Sibley Memorial Hospital
  • MedStar Surgery Center

3. What type of anesthesia is used during neck lift surgery?

Minor surgery is normally performed with local anesthesia. Neck lift surgery is normally performed with either IV (twilight) sedation or general anesthesia at accredited facilities with a licensed anesthetist. Patients are safe and comfortable during the procedure.

4. What is recovery like after neck lift surgery?

Downtime after cosmetic procedures may be a few hours to several days, depending on the specific procedure and areas treated. Office procedures are performed under local anesthesia, if any anesthesia is required. Surgical procedures are performed with either IV (twilight) sedation or general anesthesia and require a longer recovery period. Anesthesia normally wears off within the first 24 hours after surgery.

The immediate recovery from your neck lift varies and normally takes anywhere from 1 to 3 weeks before you feel "restaurant ready." During this initial recovery period you will experience some temporary swelling and bruising. Most patients describe tight or pressure sensation with mild discomfort, which is easily managed with pain medication. Patients wear a gentle, elastic neck wrap to minimize swelling for a few weeks after surgery.

5. Will smoking affect my recovery after neck lift surgery?

Smoking adversely affects your recovery. One may develop pneumonia, and treated areas don't heal as well or may become infected. The blood vessels that supply oxygen and nutrients to the tissues shrink up and prevent the necessary healing of the area. Patients must stop smoking for a minimum of 2 weeks prior to surgery to decrease the risk of these complications, and continue to avoid smoking after the procedure.

6. What health conditions threaten a successful recovery after neck lift surgery?

Dr. Chaboki performs a complete history and physical on all patients prior to undergoing cosmetic treatments. Neck lift surgery may usually be performed safely on patients with chronic, stable medical conditions. However, the surgery may be delayed or cancelled as needed for patient safety. Dr. Chaboki will work with his cosmetic patients to help find a safe, appropriate plastic surgery option for them.

7. How long is the procedure?

Surgical neck lifts vary depending on the specific needs of the patient and surgery. Neck liposuction or chin augmentation normally take less than an hour, while traditional full face lifts may take a few hours of precision surgery.

8. Will I need time off work after neck lift surgery?

Most patients plan approximately 1 to 2 weeks off from work. A longer period of recovery may be necessary for combined procedures. Many patients feel "restaurant ready" within 1 to 2 weeks.

9. When can I resume regular exercise after neck lift surgery?

Strenuous activities or exercise after plastic surgery will increase the risk of bleeding, swelling, and bruising, until an appropriate amount of healing time has been allowed. This restriction during the recovery period varies based on the operation performed and patient's medical condition. Light activities, such as slow walking, may be performed soon after anesthesia wears off. Heavy activity, such as aerobics, yoga, cycling, running, heavy lifting, or similar vigorous activities are allowed after 2 weeks. Contact sports are generally allowed after 6 weeks from surgery.

10. Can I combine cosmetic neck lift with other facial surgery?

Yes, it's generally preferred to combine procedures. First, by combining surgery, insurance may cover a portion of the procedure, and you may save money on fees. Secondly, tissue modified from one area may be used for another surgical area. Lastly, the recovery process following surgery would only be once, and you minimize downtime by avoiding 2 separate procedures. Procedures commonly combined with neck lift surgery include the following:

11. How much time passes between the initial consultation and neck lift surgery?

Generally, a minimum of 2 weeks are allowed from the consultation to prepare for surgery. Select procedures may be performed earlier. Non-surgical procedures may be performed at the same time as the initial consultation.

12. Does insurance cover neck lift surgery?

Dr. Chaboki provides the finest in both cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery at affordable prices, and participates with most insurance plans. Plastic surgery covers a broad area of medicine, which includes both reconstructive procedures and cosmetic procedures. If your procedure is medically indicated, some portion of the cost may be covered. The office accepts insurance in applicable cases and will, if you wish, contact your insurance company to find out if your procedure will be covered. Insurance coverage varies greatly between patients; however, plastic surgery may be partially or fully covered.

13. How long will a neck lift last?

After a neck lift, you should look better than nature intended for the remainder of your life. The aging process continues, however, so wrinkles and sagging skin will reappear years after facial surgery. You should look better than if you had not had the procedure in the first place.

14. What is the platysma?

The platysma is a thin layer or sheet of muscle in the neck. The platysma muscle sags with age and contributes to the appearance of "bands" in the central neck area. The platysma is continuous with the SMAS (superficial musculo-aponeurotic system), a layer of fat and muscle tissue just under the skin surface of the face. Modification of the SMAS is the main component of most facelift surgery, not just the skin. Long-lasting facelift results are obtained by lifting and tightening the SMAS through a variety of techniques.

15. What are the different types of neck lift?

A neck lift may be performed via a chin implant, neck liposuction, or as part of a facelift.

16. Where are the incisions placed for a neck lift?

Neck lifts typically require a small incision under the chin. This chin incision is well hidden in a natural crease and is used largely to access fat in the neck for liposuction, chin augmentation, or neck muscle tightening.

Additional incisions may be made behind the ears for patients who undergo neck liposuction or a facelift. The facelift incision may be anywhere from the temple, side burns, around the ear, and/or upper neck. The incision location and length varies largely based on the age of the patient and how much lift an individual needs. Dr. Chaboki will minimize the incision but maximize the lift, without creating an unnatural appearance. The facelift incision, regardless of exact location, fades over time.

17. Who is a candidate for neck lift surgery?

Neck lift candidates generally have some of the following qualities, but circumstances may vary for each person:

  • Good general health
  • Over 20 years old
  • Weak, receding, or double chin
  • Excess neck skin or fat
  • Jowls or loose skin tissue along jaw line
  • Time for recovery after surgery

As a facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Chaboki will tailor the neck lift appropriate for you. The neck lift is customized to your degree of facial aging, underlying anatomy, and most importantly your personal goals. Some patients require a limited or mini lift, while other patients would benefit from a full facelift or traditional lift. Only after a comprehensive evaluation can we help determine appropriate options for you.

18. Is the "XYZ" neck lift worth it?

Many plastic surgeons have trademarked or branded their neck lift techniques, but in reality these names are just for marketing. The best neck lift surgeons tailor each surgery to the specific needs of each patient without any specific branded name. One neck lift is not necessarily better than another. Be cautious when speaking to a branded or trademarked cosmetic surgeon. Keep in mind that safe and reliable neck lift techniques are used by the entire community of plastic surgeons and are not associated with trademarked or branded names

* Price information is an estimation and individual pricing will vary. All prices are subject to change and costs are non-refundable.

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    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.