Neck Lift in San Diego, CA

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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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Great NeckLines

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.

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