About Neck Lift Surgery
Loose wrinkled neck skin, sagging neck bands, and neck fullness from extra fat are the usual indications for neck lift surgery. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steve Laverson is a neck lift surgery expert in San Diego, CA, and he will beautifully correct the aging neckline. Neck surgery re-contours and reshapes the area beneath your chin, defines your jaw-line, and trims the neck to tighten loose skin that creates the appearance of a "turkey neck" or "double chin." By removing sagging wrinkled skin, repairing neck bands, and trimming neck fat, the smooth, youthful, trim, natural neckline you have becomes apparent. This procedure at San Diego Cosmetic Clinic can provide striking improvements to your profile. Before you contact us to schedule your consultation, read below to learn more about surgical neck lifts and our dramatic results.
"Best people, best surgeon! And he’s a REAL, board certified, residency-trained plastic surgeon. Go to someone you can trust, like Dr Laverson! Sensitive to patient needs, kind, extremely knowledgeable & professional who wants the best, most natural results for all his patients."- S.B. / Google / Sep 14, 2019
"I must start by saying that I very rarely write reviews. But I recently recalled my experience with Dr. Laverson, and felt compelled to leave a long-overdue review that he truly earned. My situation was also quite different from most of his typical work, so I hope this also attests to his wide-ranging surgical skill. A couple of years ago I was involved in a bad motorcycle accident and wound up at Palomar Hospital. According to my family, doctors, and nurses, my face was pretty much smashed to bits and looked extremely gruesome. Some parts of my face were even missing. Anyway, Dr. Laverson was the on-call plastic surgeon that night. Once the E.R. doctors had gotten me stable, he had the impossible task of trying to fix my Freddy Krueger face by looking at an old picture of me on my fiance’s cell phone. Or at least it should’ve been impossible based on how bad my condition was...Fast forward a day or two, after my swelling from the surgery had gone down in order to see the results, my family and some coworkers came in to see. NONE of them could tell a difference from before the accident, including the coworkers who hadn’t seen my smashed face. Somehow, some way, Dr. Laverson was able to use plates, grafts, and whatever other tools and tricks in his brilliant surgical mind to make me look IDENTICAL to how I looked before splattering multiple pieces of my face on the side of a road. Shortly after my family, friends, and coworkers visited, Dr. Laverson himself visited as well to observe the post-swelling results, see how I was feeling, and to follow up on all the medical stuff he knew to look out for. He even asked my family and I if there was anything out of place, or changes we’d like to make, since he was happy to do another surgery to get everything exactly right. Because everything was already perfect I didn’t do another surgery, but his offer, his following up with me, and his sincere concern for my well being was absolutely amazing.There is only one last detail I want to mention, but it speaks volumes for Dr. Laverson’s outstanding character and genuine desire to help people feel beautiful and be happy with their looks. Since this was in the emergency room at the hospital, not only was it different than his usual surgeries by its type and difficulty, but the emergency was also paid for by my medical insurance. In the medical profession, this often means a significant pay-cut for the doctor from what they would normally charge. I don’t know if my surgery wound up being one of those times for Dr. Laverson, but I do know that he did a spectacular job given my horrendous condition, all while cancelling his Friday evening plans, and likely earning less than usual as well. I hope this review helps prove to potential customers that Dr. Laverson is a caring and outstandingly skilled surgeon, and to put anyone’s mind at ease that may be nervous or unsure about plastic surgery. And lastly, Dr. Laverson, I want to personally thank you for everything outlined above. I know there is no way I can ever really reciprocate what you did for me, but I hope this review can at least help show people and spread the word that you are an absolutely amazing person and professional."- D.S. / Google / Jun 11, 2019
"Dr. Laverson is incredibly thorough and passionate about his work. He answered all of my questions prior to my breast augmentation and tummy tuck. Following my procedure, Dr. Laverson went above and beyond during my follow up appointment to ensure I get the best results. Office staff is very welcoming, and they even called to check up on me after my procedure. I feel like a new woman, and I’m more confident than I have ever been. I recommend Feel Beautiful to anyone considering having an aesthetic procedure."- J.C. / Google / Mar 17, 2019
"I recently visited Dr Laverson for my Botox injections. His office is absolutely stunning! He was very thorough in explaining his methods and the procedure. We discussed what look I wanted and decided what areas to focus on. He did a perfect job! I definitely “feel beautiful” ! I can’t wait to see future results and try other procedures. Thank you!!"- T.N. / Facebook / Feb 25, 2019
"Dr Laverson is an amazing surgeon. I had such a wonderful experience and I am so grateful I found him. The staff is professional and the customer service is the best EVER. I highly recommend Feel Beautiful to anyone looking for the best plastic surgeon in San Diego and an amazing staff. Thank you guys!"- M.J. / Google / Feb 17, 2019
Neck Lift Ideal Candidates
Because your situation is unique, Dr. Laverson will evaluate your neck and understand the result you want at personal consultation before offering treatment recommendations. There are sometimes several alternatives, and among those choices, different techniques that can be applied to provide your best outcome. After understanding your desired result, all possibilities will be considered. Dr. Laverson will explain which structures should be adjusted to improve neck definition and restore a youthful profile. The goal of this surgery is to achieve a neck that matches your face and body with a well-defined jawline and smooth neck skin without creases, irregularities, bands, or wrinkles. If you are at a healthy weight, but you feel challenged by sagging folds of skin, surface lines, and wrinkles along the neck, excessive neck fat or a "double chin," neck lift may solve these aesthetic problems, and can be life changing.
Neck Lift Surgical Technique
Neck lift is most commonly under general anesthesia for your safety and for the best result. This offers you complete comfort, and you feel absolutely no pain. Your immobility during general anesthesia facilitates visualization of important neck structures and precise adjustment of your features. Your incision is hidden under your chin. Often, a second approach behind your ears is added. Excess fat is carefully and completely removed along its entire distribution. Muscle bands in your neck are defined and coapted for a youthful angle between neck and jaw. Next, loose skin is re-positioned and excess skin removed. Your neck feels tighter after the procedure. Like many aesthetic procedures, these techniques are conducted "iteratively," until the desired shape and contour have been achieved. Although sutures are used, they're absorbable, and often completely internal. Scars should not be visible because they are concealed within natural anatomic boundaries, shadows, and inflections. Non-invasive or less invasive options, such as liposuction, chin implant, chemical peel, Kybella, The GOLD skin care, injectable filler, neuromodulator (Botox, Dysport, Xeomin), or laser skin resurfacing may can help improve features of your neck appearance. These may be recommended instead of or in addition to neck lift.
What to Expect with Neck Lift
After neck lift surgery, there will likely be some bruising, swelling, tightness, and moderate discomfort, but these effects subside after 1 – 2 weeks. Rest and avoid driving an automobile and demanding activities for several days to weeks to promote recovery. While healing, clothing and jewelry should not press upon neck skin. You'll notice visible results immediately, despite the swelling. Neck lift surgery often impacts a person's profile significantly, shaving years off of their appearance.
Neck Lift Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a neck lift cost?
Costs for your neck surgery will be reviewed during your initial consultation with Dr. Laverson. As soon as he has developed your personalized surgical plan, his helpful surgical coordinator will be able to quote prices for the anesthesia, facility, and procedure. Neck lift alone (without face lift, chin implant, or other added procedures) lasts two to three hours, expect a total cost of $6 - $9 thousand. Financing and flexible payment methods available.
What about nonsurgical options?
Neck lift surgery is the most effective way to eliminate excess neck skin, particularly if it droops or hangs. Although there are non-surgical skin tightening treatments that can produce mild improvements (radiofrequency, heat, ultrasound, laser), neck lift surgery is the best solution to visibly redefine and smooth your neckline.
Will I have visible scars?
A neck lift requires an incision under the chin and frequently, two more close to the ears. These are placed so that any resulting scars are difficult for you and for others to see. Dr. Laverson does his best during neck lift surgery to minimize visible scarring. After every procedure, we prescribe a scar management program with instructions and supplies for scar minimization.
Can I combine a neck lift with other facial surgeries?
At your initial consultation, please mention that you're considering another surgery, like a facelift or chin augmentation, along with a neck lift. It's normal for two or more facial surgeries to be performed together to achieve the best possible results. If you're concerned about the appearance of an undefined jawline or weak chin, tell Dr. Laverson so he can develop a treatment plan that meets all of your goals.
Should I get a neck lift or liposuction?
Depending on your concerns and goals, you might consider combining a neck lift with surgical liposuction. A lift along with liposuction may be your best option if you are concerned about both loose skin and stubborn fat pockets in your neck. Dr. Laverson can help you decide whether a neck lift, lipo, or a combination of both should be included in your surgical plan.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 1 – 2 weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 hours
- Procedure Recovery Location
Finally, you can reduce the appearance of your "turkey neck" and achieve the slim, tighter, and smoother profile of your dreams. If you often feel embarrassed or hindered by folds, sagging, and wrinkles on the neck, we invite you to contact San Diego Cosmetic Clinic in San Diego, CA to schedule a consultation. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steve Laverson has a thorough understanding of facial anatomy and will work closely with you to determine the best course of action.