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What Exactly Is a Neck Lift?

Sun damage, gravity, and genetics often work together to determine how your neck area ages. You might have started to notice loose skin under your chin, fading definition along your jawline, or little bulges of fat here and there. That means, now is the perfect time to learn everything you need to know about a neck lift with one of the board-certified plastic surgeons at Richmond Plastic Surgery.

What Are the Benefits of a Neck Lift?

We recommend a neck lift if you’ve been dealing with:

  • Double or triple chins
  • Loose and sagging skin under your chin, along your jawline, or on your neck
  • Banding on your neck

If you don’t quite need a surgical option, you might be a great candidate for Kybella®, an injectable treatment that will eliminate the excess fat under your chin.

Dr. Wornom on the Neck Lift Procedure

Dr. Wornom: Post Op - Neck Lift & Eyelid Lift with Fat Grafting

Am I the Ideal Candidate for a Neck Lift?

You’re the perfect candidate for a neck lift if you’re an adult in good health, and have dealt with:

  • Lax neck muscles
  • Sagging or loose skin
  • Creases and folds on the neck
  • Bulges caused by pockets of fat
  • Double or triple chins

Dr. Aboutanos - Neck Lift Surgery

Dr. Aboutanos - Neck Lift Surgery

What Should I Do Before My Neck Lift?

The neck area is home to a series of delicate structures, which our surgeons take extra care to preserve during surgery. In order to protect yourself from unwanted complications, we’ll set up a consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons before your neck lift, so you can feel safe and secure through every step of the process.

What About a “Mini” Neck Lift?

You might not need a full neck lift to achieve that youthful look you deserve. We offer a mini neck lift to anyone who wants to subtly improve their appearance, with a surgery that targets excess fat and loose skin along your neckline.

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What Can I Expect on The Day of My Neck Lift?

Full and mini neck lift procedures involve different techniques:

For a full neck lift, your surgeon will make incisions at the bottom of your ear, or under your chin. Once the incisions have been made, the muscles will be tightened with sutures, and excess fat removed. Then, your skin will be pulled tight over the incision and sutured in place, with excess skin trimmed away.

A mini neck lift involves incisions made under your chin, where excess fat will be removed. The muscles will then be sutured in place, and you’re all set!

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What Can I Expect After My Neck Lift?

After your Richmond neck lift, we’ll wrap the healing area with a comfortable compression bandage, to hold everything in place and preserve the results of your procedure. 

For up to about three days, your neck will feel tight, and you might experience some pain and swelling. The feeling of tightness might last until you’re fully healed, and some patients experience numbness and tingling around their incisions.

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How Long Does a Neck Lift Take?

Mini neck lifts take about an hour. Full neck lifts typically take two to four hours.

Will I Have Scars After Getting a Neck Lift?

Our highly-experienced surgeons take extra care to hide the scars from your neck very well, and they’ll soften and fade over the course of about a year.

When Will I See My Results?

Immediately! You’ll notice the results of your neck lift right after your surgery.

Are There Possible Complications from a Neck Lift?

A neck lift does come with a small degree of risk for complications, as just about any surgery does. Our board-certified surgeons use the latest technology and the most advanced techniques to keep you as safe as possible, avoiding complications like infection, adverse reactions to anesthesia, and damage to nerves and blood vessels.

How Long Will the Results of My Neck Lift Last?

You’ll enjoy the youthful results of your neck lift for years and years to come.

How Much Does a Neck Lift Cost in Richmond?

After your consultation, we’ll walk you through the cost of your neck lift. At Richmond Plastic Surgeons, we accept several forms of payment, and financing is available through CareCredit®.

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