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Achieve a Sleek, Beautiful Contour with a Neck Lift

The skin on your neck is delicate and especially susceptible to the signs of aging. However, by removing excess skin, tightening muscles, and eliminating stubborn fat deposits, a neck lift can help to restore a more youthful contour. Long Island, NY, cosmetic surgeon Dr. Stephen T. Greenberg can create a customized surgical plan designed to address your unique concerns, so you can achieve a slim, well-defined jawline. We use a variety of advanced techniques during treatment to ensure your safety and comfort, as well as deliver exceptional results.

Common Concerns

Patients who are interested in a neck lift are typically unhappy with the presence of excess fat, loose skin, or muscle banding. Some patients have developed jowls, which are caused by fat deposits in the lower area of the face. Other patients are concerned about excess fat on the neck, which produces the appearance of a double chin. In addition, some patients wish to correct sagging skin around the neck, resulting from age. A neck lift can effectively address each of these concerns, helping patients to achieve a more youthful appearance and silhouette.

Who is a Candidate for a Neck lift?

This procedure is ideal for patients who wish to alter the appearance of their neck. To qualify for surgery, you should be in good health and able to receive local and general anesthesia. Your skin must also be sufficiently elastic to achieve desired results. In addition, it is important to maintain realistic expectations for surgery. During your consultation at Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Greenberg can review your medical history and assess your unique cosmetic goals, before designing a customized treatment plan. He can also take the time to answer any questions or concerns you have regarding treatment and provide you with detailed post-operative care to prepare you for recovery.

Neck Lift Techniques

To address a double chin, we typically recommend a platysmaplasty. This procedure repairs the platysma, which is the muscle band that extends below the jaw. During surgery, Dr. Greenberg can make incisions either behind your ears or under your chin to access the muscle. He can then tighten and smooth it, enhancing the definition of the chin. We can also incorporate liposuction, either on its own or in combination with other techniques, to remove excess fat.
To remove excess skin, Dr. Greenberg will perform a cervicoplasty. During this procedure, he can create incisions behind the ears and under the chin. He can then gently tighten the skin and remove any excess before securing it in place with sutures. Dr. Greenberg is often able to use tiny camera-controlled endoscopic instruments so as to create the smallest and most inconspicuous incisions, which result in a shorter recovery time. For more comprehensive results, we often perform a neck lift in conjunction with BOTOX® Cosmetic injections or a facelift.

Preparing for Your Neck Lift

Preparing for surgery is critical to a successful outcome. For optimal results, you will be asked to:

  • Stop smoking at least six weeks before your procedure. Smoking can interfere with healing and can slow your recovery.
  • Avoid taking medications and herbal supplements that may increase bleeding. This includes aspirin, ibuprofen, and other anti-inflammatory medications.
  • Stay hydrated and drink plenty of fluids. Proper hydration is healing.

Depending on the extent and complexity of your neck lift, your procedure may be performed on an outpatient basis, or require an overnight stay in a hospital. In either case, you should schedule transportation to and from the surgical facility. As moving around may be difficult, we recommend asking a friend or family member to stay with you for at least one night after your surgery.

When preparing for your surgery, be sure to wear comfortable, loose fitting shirts or blouses that button up the front. Pulling clothes over your head may disrupt your incisions and interfere with healing. You should expect to take one to two weeks off from work, and you should make arrangements with your employer as necessary.

Your Recovery

It is common to experience some mild to moderate discomfort after your procedure. However, Dr. Greenberg can prescribe appropriate medications to alleviate pain, which should be used as directed. You may also experience a slight tingling or burning sensation at the incision site. This is not cause for concern, and it should diminish over the next few days. You may also notice some swelling and bruising, which should subside in less than one week.

Keeping your head elevated at all times, including during sleep, will aid in your recovery. For the first few days after your surgery, you should avoid any strenuous activity. However, we do recommend walking around your home to increase blood flow and promote healing. We can remove your sutures seven to ten days after surgery. At your post-operative exam, Dr. Greenberg can determine when you may return to work. Even after you have resumed working, you should refrain from strenuous activities, such as heavy lifting or active sports, until cleared to do so. If you have any concerns with the progress of your healing process, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

Immediately after Surgery

After your surgery, we may place a bandage to help minimize swelling and protect the area from infection. We may also place a thin tube to drain excess fluid. We can provide you with detailed post-surgical instructions to ensure you understand how to properly care for your surgical site and drains.

Benefits and Risks

Neck lift surgery can help patients achieve a more youthful, slender appearance and increased confidence. The benefits of a neck lift should be fully evident six months after surgery and can last for years, especially if you take proper care of your skin.

Neck lifts are typically very safe, simple procedures, so there are few risks. However, anytime you undergo surgery, there can be potential complications. Choosing an experienced surgeon can greatly reduce your risk of undesirable side effects. Dr. Greenberg is recognized for his expertise is cosmetic surgery and is trusted by patients and fellow surgeons alike.

For more comprehensive results, we often perform a neck lift in conjunction with BOTOX® Cosmetic injections or a facelift.

Understanding the Cost of Neck Lift Surgery

A smooth, contoured neck can give your entire face a more youthful appearance. If you have loose or excess skin in this area, you may be a good candidate for a neck lift. At Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery, we understand that you want to attain aesthetically pleasing results, but that you may be concerned about the cost. Dr. Stephen T. Greenberg can explain the factors that affect neck lift cost at his Long Island and Manhattan, NY-area cosmetic surgery practices. These factors include operating room expenses, the physician’s surgical experience, and the type of procedure you undergo. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and obtain your treatment estimate.

Neck Lift Techniques
One of the biggest considerations in determining the cost of a neck lift is the type of procedure used. Dr. Greenberg can perform three different techniques, and each one has varying costs. Typically, lengthier, more complex surgeries will cost more. The options include:

  • Cervicoplasty: During cervicoplasty, excess skin is eliminated without addressing the underlying muscle structure. The incisions are similar to those used in platysmaplasty. This procedure will be at the lower end of neck lift cost.
  • Platysmaplasty: If you have excess skin under your chin, this technique may be the most appropriate solution. Through an incision under your chin or behind your ears, Dr. Greenberg will reshape the underlying muscle (platysma). Combining cervicoplasty and platysmaplasty is at the higher end of the cost scale.
  • Liposuction: Liposuction can be performed alone, or combined with cervicoplasty or platysmaplasty. During liposuction, we will gently suction unwanted fat cells using a tiny tube, or cannula. Liposuction is a viable option for patients who still have good skin elasticity.

Dr. Greenberg can perform other procedures, such as a face lift, eyelid surgery, or BOTOX® Cosmetic, in conjunction with your neck lift. While additional procedures will involve extra costs, it may also be to your benefit to combine multiple procedures. This can save money on time away from work, childcare, and separate anesthesia costs. Patients may also enjoy more dramatic and comprehensive results if they combine treatments.

Anesthesia and Operating Room Costs
Dr. Greenberg will usually perform a neck lift using local anesthesia, combined with a sedative. However, if desired or recommended, general anesthesia can be administered by an experienced anesthesiologist. General anesthesia will cost more than local anesthesia, but can often make patients feel more relaxed.

In addition, the actual location of your procedure will affect the final cost. When surgeries are completed within a hospital, they can sometimes be more costly. Dr. Greenberg, however, can perform most surgeries at our ambulatory center in Woodbury. At this facility, he can keep your care affordable, while providing a safe and reliable treatment environment.

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Experience is Worth the Investment
When researching surgeons, you may find doctors whose costs are much lower than average. This can often mean that the surgeon is not as experienced, and they are using low prices to attract new patients. Choosing a less-experienced physician can then cost more in the long term, since you may need revision surgery to achieve the results you want. You could also suffer serious medical side effects.

Dr. Greenberg will work with you to plan your neck lift procedure, so that you are able to meet your cosmetic goals, as well as your budget.

Dr. Greenberg is a board-certified and highly experienced physician. He has been featured on national television, and hosts the only plastic surgery radio show in New York City. For nine consecutive years, he has also been voted one of the best cosmetic surgeons on Long Island by the Long Island Press. With his experience and training, he can perform a safe, reliable procedure with superior cosmetic results.

He also understands that finances are an important concern, which is why we offer flexible financing options, including CareCredit® and Prosper™ Healthcare Lending. Our office team can explain these solutions and help you find a plan that works for you.

Learn More about Your Surgery Cost
Dr. Greenberg will work with you to plan your neck lift procedure, so that you are able to meet your cosmetic goals, as well as your budget. To learn more about the cost of neck lift surgery and receive a personalized estimate for your treatment, contact us today.