There is no specific age that determines eligibility for a neck lift. The median age of patients seeking a neck lift is typically 40-55, but this is a rough estimate and is by no means limiting. The main factor when assessing whether a patient is a candidate for a neck lift is to ascertain that they are in good overall health. As long as Dr. Westreich confirms that your body can handle the implications of a neck lift surgery, age should make no difference.
Neck Lift NYC
With the aging process, the skin gradually loses its elasticity and suppleness, resulting in sagging, wrinkles, and volume loss. In the case of the neck, these changes are coupled with vertical banding and submental fullness that further compromise the appearance.
Neck lift surgery is the ideal solution for addressing these issues comprehensively. It can tighten and firm the neck muscles, remove excess drooping skin, and create a more youthful appearance overall. Dr. Westreich has the skill, artistry, and expertise to deliver naturally beautiful results personalized to your wishes and aesthetic tastes with neck lift surgery in NYC.
What is a Neck Lift?
Extra skin concentrated in the neck can make a person look aged or heavier than they actually are. A neck lift, also known as platysmaplasty, is a surgery to reduce excess loose skin hanging below the chin. The procedure can also provide increased definition in the jawline and neckline, giving a more feminine, delicate look for women and a more masculine, chiseled look for men. Let Dr. Westreich boost your self-perception with a strategic, state-of-the-art neck lift in NYC tailored to your goals. You no longer have to feel embarrassed of loose skin under your neck or attempt to hide your baggy skin with clothing or scarves.
How is a neck lift performed?
There are various approaches that Dr. Westreich can take when performing a neck lift. The goal is to tighten skin that has lost its elasticity due to aging, genetics, or other environmental factors and to correct excess fat or muscle bands that detract from a youthful neck contour. Dr. Westreich has mastered a wide array of surgical techniques and will choose the best path forward for your individual concerns.
During surgery, Dr. Westreich will create incisions hidden inconspicuously behind the ears in the hairline and beneath the chin. He will then remove excess skin and fat and tighten the platysmal bands. Neck liposuction may be used in tandem to provide increased definition and sculpting in the area. A neck lift typically takes 1-3 hours, depending on the extent of the work performed. When a neck lift is combined with a facelift, surgery may take up to 5 hours.
What are the benefits of a neck lift?
- Tightens and firms sagging skin
- Reduces vertical neck banding
- Removes excess skin and fat
- Avoids an unnaturally tight look
- Incisions are well-hidden
- Recovery process is straightforward and manageable
- Creates a more youthful, inviting appearance
- Improves satisfaction with one’s image
- Can be well-combined with a facelift or blepharoplasty
- Long-lasting results
- Natural, balanced outcome
Who is a good candidate for a neck lift?
A neck lift in New York City with Dr. Westreich can eradicate heavy, burdensome skin that has accumulated as the patient has aged. Dr. Westreich is fully certified to address all your concerns regarding toning and re-structuring your neck to restore the appearance of youth, making you feel lighter and more comfortable in your skin.
Most patients who consult Dr. Westreich about undergoing a platysmaplasty have given the topic much earlier thought. The procedure is considered to be a safe solution for both men and women, most often within the age range of 45-60. Though the requirements for a neck lift are relatively few, it is very important that the patient is in good overall health before committing to a neck lift surgery.
What is the neck lift recovery process like?
You can expect a little soreness and tightness around the neck after the procedure. The surgeon will prescribe pain medications to manage the discomfort. You may also experience numbness, swelling, bruising, and a tingling sensation for a few hours or days, but these side effects will be minimal and temporary.
You will be provided a full post-op recovery brief and should follow the surgeon’s advice and recommendations closely for the smoothest possible recovery. You should typically begin walking as soon as possible to encourage smooth blood circulation to the neck, reduce swelling, and prevent blood clot formation.
Neck lift patients should avoid smoking and drinking alcohol for an extended period after the procedure. Smoking and alcohol delay the healing process and increase the risk of complications. You should also avoid heavy exercises, excessive sun exposure, heavy housework, sexual activities, steam baths, saunas, hair dyes, or laser treatments until cleared for these by your surgeon, which usually occurs within 2 to 4 weeks.
Most patients can resume their daily activities and work within two to three weeks. You should be able to resume work-from-home within a few days, along with light housework, but should wait at least two weeks before you resume all regular activities. The recovery process is different for each individual. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions or concerns.
How much does a neck lift cost?
The cost of a neck lift depends on several factors, such as the anesthesia fees, hospital costs, medical tests, surgical garments, surgeon’s fees, and your specific requirements. However, the overall cost of a neck lift typically starts at $5,000 and may exceed $10,000. As neck lifts are elective cosmetic procedures, they are not covered by medical insurance.
Dr. Westreich is known among his past patients as being a team player. He wants the best for you as you embark on this journey to change how you look and feel about yourself and is excited to be able to guide you on your way. Your initial consultation appointment is your time with Dr. Westreich. You can ask any questions or address any concerns you have regarding moving forward with the surgery and are encouraged to be completely open about what you are hoping to achieve from your neck lift. Our office is conveniently located in the Upper East Side of New York City, but patients from across the country visit Dr. Westreich to seek his expert opinion.
Dr. Westreich obtained his medical school training at the prestigious New York University School of Medicine with an M.D. and Honors in Cell Biology Research. He then completed elite post-graduate training in Facial Plastic Surgery and Otolaryngology at the world-renowned Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City. Dr. Westreich is a faculty member and teacher at Mount Sinai.
Neck Lift FAQs
Can a neck lift be combined with other procedures?
Yes, absolutely. A neck lift is often performed with a facelift, blepharoplasty, brow lift, or chin augmentation to create balance and harmony among the facial features. It can also be paired with BOTOX, laser treatments, or chemical peels.
How old is too old for a neck lift?
How long is the recovery after a neck lift?
Dr. Westreich advises that his patients plan to take off about 10 days from their daily routines in order to ensure that their neck is healing properly and that they have had enough time to relax and recover after surgery.
Will I have to have another neck lift down the road?
Ideally, a single neck lift will treat your excess skin for many years to come. However, skin is bound to lose elasticity over time, which may mean that the results of your neck lift can be compromised in the long run. Dr. Westreich does his best to ensure that your neck lift is effective for as long as possible so that you do not really have to worry about additional procedures that may follow.
Where will the scar be for my neck lift?
Dr. Westreich understands that his patients want to ensure that there are no visible signs of their neck lift surgery. The incision used during your neck lift, typically under the chin, will be pre-calculated so that onlookers will not be able to readily identify any scarring.
How long does a neck lift last?
Results of your neck lift performed by Dr. Westreich can last years, but an exact answer varies largely from person to person. Depending on how well you take care of your body, particularly through maintaining a proper diet and exercise routine, the longevity of your results can be impacted. In most cases, a neck lift can last up to 10 years. If you wish to learn more, contact us today and schedule a consultation for arguably the best neck lift New York has to offer.