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A neck lift can make all the difference when your neck begins to age, and you wish for a more youthful appearance. The natural process of aging and years of sun damage can make your neck look aged and may make you feel self-conscious. In the winter, scarves and turtlenecks can help conceal wrinkled, loose skin around your neck, but options are limited in the summer.
Rejuvenating your neck can dramatically improve your appearance, allowing you to look as young as you feel. Dr. Adam Basner is a skilled surgeon with extensive experience in neck lifts. If you want a neck lift in Baltimore, fill out the form on this page or call 410-616-3000 to schedule your consultation.
What Is a Neck Lift?
A platysmaplasty, more commonly known as a neck lift, is a surgical procedure to tighten loose skin by moving the muscle beneath the neck area and removing the fat deposits underneath as well as the excess skin. The skin on the neck is then redraped to provide a more youthful look. This improves the appearance of vertical bands and reduces excess fat in the neck. A neck lift focuses solely on the neck and can be performed independently. However, many people choose to have other procedures, such as a facelift or rhinoplasty, performed at the same time.
If you have hanging skin on the neck or prominent vertical banding, you may be a good candidate for a neck lift. On the other hand, if your sole concern is excess fat deposits around your neck, Dr. Basner may recommend neck liposuction instead. If you're primarily concerned with fat deposits under your chin, you may be a better candidate for liposuction of the chin or Kybella injections. Dr. Basner will examine you carefully during your consultation and develop the best treatment plan based on your concerns and goals.
The Benefits of a Neck Lift
There's no need to suffer with a neck that makes you look older than you feel. A neck lift provides many benefits, including:
- Improved appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin
- Elimination of "turkey wattle" from your profile by removing excess skin
- Improved definition along the jaw
- Smoother, more youthful-looking neck
While non-surgical options exist to help tighten and smooth your neck skin, they can only provide minimal benefit. A neck lift is the only option that can dramatically improve the neck and eliminate excess, lax skin.
The neck is one of the most visible areas of the body and is one of the first to show signs of age. Many men and women do not take proper care of their necks, and the cumulative effects of sun damage and loss of collagen through aging combine to create a neck that appears older than the rest of the body. A neck lift is a great way to reverse these signs of aging and create a beautiful, youthful neck.
Are Neck Lift Results Permanent?
When the procedure is performed by a qualified plastic surgeon like Dr. Basner, your neck lift results can last from 10 to 15 years. But some factors can reduce this time span. Weight fluctuations, changes in your health and exposure to the sun can all counteract the effects of your neck lift. For the best results, you should:
- Avoid sun exposure
- Not smoke
- Maintain a healthy weight
Following these steps can keep your neck looking beautiful for years.
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The Risks of a Neck Lift
Like any surgical procedure, a neck lift can pose certain risks. These include:
- Changes in skin sensation
- Skin discoloration
- Persistent pain
Dr. Basner has the expertise and skills to help you avoid such risks. He'll work with you to ensure a successful neck lift with minimal side effects. Following the post-surgical instructions provided by Dr. Basner is one of the best ways to avoid risks.
Good Candidates for a Neck Lift
The only way to know for sure if a neck lift is for you is to visit Dr. Basner for a consultation. In general, you may be a good candidate for this treatment if you:
- Think your neck makes you look older
- Want to improve the image of unwanted fat, wrinkles and vertical bands
- Are in overall good health and do not smoke
- Do not have any medical conditions that contraindicate elective surgery
- Understand the risks and have realistic expectations
While neck lifts can be performed on their own, Dr. Basner will listen to your goals and let you know if you would benefit more from a combination procedure. A neck lift will not address concerns such as jowls. If that is one of your major issues, you may be better served by a neck lift and mini facelift.
If you use tobacco products, you may still be able to have a neck lift if you can quit for a few weeks before and after surgery. Smoking significantly raises the risk of complications during your healing process. If you cannot quit, you should not have elective surgery or other procedures.
What is the Ideal Age for a Neck Lift?
Many of our best neck lift candidates are in their 40s to early 50s. But there actually isn't an ideal age. We offer services to younger patients and older patients. Our goal is to help you feel comfortable and enjoy your own body. Many patients come to us as soon as they see signs of aging, while others wait until later in life to schedule their personal consultation and undergo neck lift surgery.
The Cost of a Neck Lift
The cost of a neck lift in Baltimore will vary depending on the complexity and extent of your surgery. Each individual is different, so we will not know how much you can expect to pay until you come for your consultation. The cost of your procedure could be lower or higher depending on your unique needs and goals.
Our comprehensive estimate of your neck lift cost will include :
- Anesthesia fees
- Operating room fees
- Doctor fees
- Follow-up care
We offer financing options to help a neck lift fit into your budget. Ask us about financing plans during your consultation to learn more. We will happily work with you to find a plan that meets your needs.
Recovering From a Neck Lift
A complete neck lift recovery typically takes a couple of weeks up to a few months. Usually, you'll need to stay home and rest with little activity for the first week after your procedure. Depending on how physical your job is, you may be able to return to work after that first week and resume full activities within three to four weeks. Eating nutritious meals and staying hydrated also will help your healing process.
Following all of Dr. Basner's post-surgery instructions is essential for a successful recuperation. These instructions are tailored to:
- Minimize swelling and bruising after your procedure
- Promote a quick recovery time
- Properly care for your small incision lines
You will also want to follow Dr. Basner's instructions for post-surgery visits. Our goal is for this experience to go as smoothly as possible and for you to achieve the look you want. Make sure to discuss the best plan of action for your recovery with the doctor before your neck lift.
Why Choose Dr. Basner for Your Neck Lift?
Dr. Basner has years of expertise in providing neck lifts for people who want to look as young as they feel. Because of his sterling reputation, he is one of Newsweek Magazine's best plastic surgeons in America and is recognized as a Top Doctor by Baltimore Magazine. In addition to his private practice, Dr. Basner is the board-certified chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery at Sinai Hospital.
Always putting patients and their care first, Dr. Basner combines his unerring instincts, eye for aesthetics, unparalleled technical skills and compassionate approach to deliver outcomes that patients love. The results are beautiful and individualized for each patient.
FAQs: Neck Lifts
As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Basner has a wealth of knowledge to share. Read the questions below for more information on neck lifts, and feel free to contact us for additional answers.
Why Does My Neck Feel Tight After a Neck Lift?
A neck lift requires the tightening of muscles and the removal of excess skin. Consequently, you may feel some tightness in your neck after the procedure. This feeling will go away as the swelling subsides and the muscles move to their normal position.
How Many Years Does a Neck Lift Last?
Especially with good skincare, the results of a neck lift can last 10 to 15 years.
What Are The Disadvantages Of A Neck Lift?
As with any surgery, potential side effects of a neck lift include bruising, numbness, swelling and pain. Be sure to contact our office if any of these symptoms persist or worsen
Schedule a Neck Lift Consultation With Dr. Basner Now
Dr. Basner has the experience and approach you want in your neck lift surgeon. He offers individualized treatment plans tailored to your needs and goals. If you're ready to reclaim a youthful-looking neck, call 410-616-3000 or submit the form on this page to schedule a consultation.Schedule My Consultation