Neck Lift Performed by Boston Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Bartlett
A misshapen or older-looking neck can be corrected with the help of a neck lift procedure. Neck plastic surgery procedure provides immediate and long-lasting benefits. Patients who need neck lifts in Boston can rely on Dr. Richard Bartlett to rejuvenate their image and achieve younger-looking skin.
What Is a Neck Lift?
Different factors like lifestyle, dramatic weight loss, aging, stress, and heredity contribute to having an irregular-shaped neck. Oftentimes, the neck will look a lot older than the person’s age, creating a “turkey wattle” appearance.
A neck lift can tighten the skin, remove excess fat, and correct the muscle banding in the neck. It may require any of several surgical techniques, including cervicoplasty, liposuction, and platysmaplasty. The neck lift is often paired with the facelift procedure for more comprehensive rejuvenation.
Is a Neck Lift Procedure Right for Me?
Several factors determine if you are suitable for this procedure:
- Health – You have no pre-existing conditions that would cause healing issues after the procedure.
- Lifestyle – You are not a smoker, or you are willing to quit before the surgery.
- Positive outlook – You have positive feelings towards the surgery, knowing it can improve your image.
- Realistic goals – The results you expect are achievable with the treatment.
- Visible discrepancies between the face and neck – Your neck does not match the youth of your face.
If you are expecting to have a brand new neck or a neck that looks several decades younger than your actual age, you will not achieve this with a neck lift. This is why realistic expectations and goals are vital.
Your Neck Lift Consultation
You must prepare to meet with the surgeon for a neck lift consultation. During this, you will speak about your goals for the surgery, previous surgeries you have undertaken, medications, and medical conditions, including allergies and ongoing treatments.
Aside from the general discussion, your plastic surgeon will assess your health condition to determine if it is suitable for surgery. Your face will also be examined, including taking measurements and photographs.
The plastic surgeon will provide you with different rejuvenation solutions and recommend the most suitable course of treatment. Potential outcomes and complications after surgery are also discussed during the consultation.
The neck lift procedure starts with the administering of anesthesia. It could be general anesthesia or a combination of local anesthesia and sedation depending on what the surgeon thinks is best for you. Once the anesthesia takes effect, an incision will be made below the chin and/or behind the ears.
After the incision, a combination of surgical techniques is performed. For necks with excess fat, liposuction is necessary during the procedure. Loose neck muscles are tightened with internal sutures (platysmaplasty), and the sagging neck skin is trimmed using a scalpel (cervicoplasty).Finally, incisions are closed with sutures or using skin glue.
The Recovery Process
A bandage will be placed around your neck and your head. This minimizes the bruising and swelling in the areas around the incisions.
The surgeon will provide you with instructions on how to properly take care of the affected areas. This will include using the right medications and treatments to reduce pain and swelling, making your recovery as comfortable as possible.
If there are external sutures, they will be removed during a follow-up appointment. At this time, the surgeon will monitor the progress of your recovery and ensure that your body is recovering as expected.
How Much Does a Neck Lift Cost?
The cost of the procedure varies depending on the types of surgical technique used. Price will usually include the following:
- Anesthesia cost
- Facility fees
- Medical prescriptions
- Post-surgery equipment
- Test fees
- Surgeon’s fee
Set Up Your Consultation
If you are interested in learning more about a neck lift in Boston, set up an appointment with Dr. Richard Bartlett. Contact us and arrange your consultation, where you can clear up any concerns regarding the procedure.