Neck Lift

Author: Dr. Michael Bogdan

Dr. Michael Bogdan's neck lift patients from Fort Worth, TX, and surrounding communities often complain about a double chin, jowls, or a "turkey wattle." This is because as we get older, the skin on the neck becomes thin, lax, and wrinkled, and stubborn fat may accumulate beneath the chin. Sometimes significant weight loss causes or accelerates the same issues. A neck lift in our Southlake practice corrects these concerns by removing the excess skin, tightening the muscles, and improving the definition in the neck, chin, and jawline.

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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Are You a Good Candidate for a Neck Lift?

Depending on genetic factors, facial and neck aging can begin in our 30s, though typically it is first noted in our 40s or 50s. Some people are not ready for a full facelift because the skin on the upper face is still firm and smooth. Skin often begins to lose elasticity in the neck before the face and can cause unwanted sagging and wrinkles. When the neck area doesn't match the upper face, a neck lift can be a great solution.

In general, good candidates for a neck lift are healthy, nonsmoking women and men who have a positive outlook and realistic expectations from their surgery.

Understanding Neck Lift

Depending on genetic factors, facial aging can begin in our 30's, though typically it is first noted in our 40's or 50's. Due to sun exposure, gravity, and everyday facial expressions, the youthful elastic properties of the skin begin to break down. Skin becomes slack, causing the face to lose form and definition. Deep creases appear between the nose and mouth, the jawline becomes ill-defined as the jowl develops, and folds with fat deposits appear around the neck.

Dr. Bogdan will tailor your operation to specifically address the anatomy of your neck and your pattern of aging to achieve your desired changes. During the consultation, Dr. Bogdan will sometimes utilize 3D imaging to simulate the expected changes, if your anatomy is suitable for use with the software.

  • The traditional neck lift incision typically begins in the hairline near the level of the sideburn. It continues around the ear and to the hair behind it. Dr. Bogdan repositions the neck tissue, often removing and redistributing fat. He may also tighten the platysma muscles in the neck. He then replaces the skin over the newly contoured jawline, trims the excess away, and closes the incision. Dr. Bogdan sometimes uses a separate incision under the chin for liposuction and muscle repair.
  • The short-scar facelift, also called a mini-face lift, repositions the skin and soft tissues of the face that have been affected by the aging process. The principle difference between a short-scar lift and the traditional face lift is that the short-scar lift utilizes a significantly smaller incision. The incision is similar to the one used in the traditional facelift, but ends at the earlobe. The scarring behind the ear is largely or completely eliminated. This face lift procedure may be ideal for younger patients in whom facial aging manifests with the early appearance of a jowl, but where neck aging is not so drastic.
  • The limited incision neck lift uses incisions around the ear. Because the incisions are smaller, results may be more limited.

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During recovery, you will be bandaged to help to minimize postoperative swelling. Often, a thin tube will be left in place temporarily to drain excess fluid that could collect under the skin. Dr. Bogdan will give you specific instructions on how to care for your incisions and when to come in for post-op checkups. After the incisions are healed, the scars are typically well-concealed within the hairline and in the contours of the ear. The desired neck lift results appear once swelling and bruising decreases. Patients typically look more youthful and rested without obvious signs of surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some different neck firming options?

Despite their enticing claims, creams, serums, and devices do not produce significant or noticeable neck firming results. Only a surgical procedure can remove excess fat and skin, and adjust the underlying muscles that contribute to the undesirable sagging and lined appearance.

What do neck lift incisions look like?

With any plastic surgery, Dr. Bogdan makes sure to minimize the size of the incisions to the extent possible. With neck lift procedures, incisions are typically made behind the ears, which can be easily concealed for both men and women. Because of Dr. Bogdan's degree of experience and training, he is able to minimize visible scarring with strategic incision placement and meticulous surgical techniques. Every procedure is customized to the specific face and neck of each patient. During your consultation, Dr. Bogdan will show you precisely where he will place each of your incisions.

How much does a neck lift cost?

A neck lift in the DFW area can cost anywhere between $2,600 and $14,400. When comparing fees for this procedure, always take into consideration what the cost includes. The total cost should include the surgeon's fee, the anesthesia fee, and facility charges. Often, a low advertised price is only the surgeon's fee and doesn't include these other expenses.

It is important to remember that both very low and very high prices can be problematic. A high price does not ensure quality, while a low price could signal an underqualified provider and potentially a safety risk. Be sure to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience with this procedure. Dr. Bogdan is one of few plastic surgeons in the country who has accomplished formal post-graduate training in aesthetic surgery. He completed a fellowship at Manhattan Eye, Ear, & Throat Hospital in association with the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at New York University Medical Center. Here, he honed his techniques for facial procedures such as neck lift.

Are men good candidates for neck lifts?

Often, men complain about their jowls and loose skin, but don't want a neck lift procedure because of fear of scarring or looking “windswept.” Modern neck lift technology and procedures can prevent these issues from occurring. Instead of pulling the skin, Dr. Bogdan addresses the different dimensions of the neck, jawline, and face. Treatment is carefully planned in accordance with a patient's specific features. A neck lift is a great option for a male because it can help create an angular and more masculine profile. Both men and women can be good candidates for the procedure.

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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Your Next Step

If you are interested in learning more about neck lift surgery, request a consultation with Dr. Michael Bogdan, a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in facial aesthetic surgery. Or, you can call our office at (817) 442-1236 to schedule your appointment.

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Although a face lift may take years off of your appearance, it is important to understand what it can and cannot do. A face lift primarily affects the lower half of the face, tightening loose skin in the jowls, jaw line and neck. A midface lift can also lift the cheeks and lower eyelids, but neither procedure does anything to correct signs of aging in the upper face, such as crow's feet or forehead wrinkles. This is why our Dallas face lift patients often combine face lift with other procedures, such as forehead lift or BOTOX® Cosmetic injections.

If you would like to find out more about face lift surgery, request a consultation with Dr. Michael Bogdan, board-certified plastic surgeon and face lift specialist. Or, you can call our office at (817) 442-1236 to schedule your appointment.

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Michael A. Bogdan, MD, FACS
410 North Carroll Avenue #170
Southlake, TX 76092
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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Bogdan offers a range of cosmetic plastic surgery options in Southlake, Texas, including rhinoplasty, facelift, tummy tuck, breast lift, and Mommy Makeover surgery. He serves Fort Worth, Frisco, and other communities in the DFW metro area.

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