THE NECK LIFT
The aging process can significantly affect the neck, resulting in loose, sagging skin, wrinkles, a double chin, or a “turkey neck” appearance. The resulting loss of jawline and neckline contours can give one an older appearance than their stated age.
Fortunately, Dr. Joshua Zimm, an expert neck lift surgeon, can turn the hands of time back utilizing state-of-the-art techniques to enhance the contours of the neck and jaw and give you a youthful, sculpted neckline.
BEFORE AND AFTER
Neck Lift Surgery in New York City
The neck lift procedure can be divided into a cervicoplasty or platysmaplasty. During cervicoplasty, laxity and sagging of the skin can be addressed using incisions around each ear to remove excess skin and fat from the jawline. A platysmaplasty or deep plane neck lift, uses one incision to access the multiple layers of the neck, including skin, muscles, glands, fat, and connective tissue, to improve the tone and contour of the neck.
Am I a Good Candidate for a Neck Lift?
Neck lift plastic surgery in New York City is ideal for men and women with unwanted sagging and fullness of the neck region. Depending on the remaining elasticity of the skin, Dr. Zimm will help you decide whether a cervicoplasty or platysmaplasty is needed to completely address the aging features of the neck.
Ideal candidates should be in good physical and mental health without medical conditions that could significantly increase the risk of surgical complications. Candidates should be non-smokers or be willing to quit to maximize the healing potential of the incisions. Having realistic expectations for the procedure is necessary to ensure the overall satisfaction of the surgery.
Why Choose Dr. Zimm for a Neck Lift?
Dr. A. Joshua Zimm is a board-certified facial plastic and reconstruction surgeon who provides world-class services in a relaxed but professional environment. Dr. Zimm is also a board-certified otolaryngology—head and neck surgeon with a great understanding of the complex anatomy of the face and neck.
Dr. Zimm received many acknowledgments and awards for his outstanding care and exceptional results. Dr. Zimm has been selected as one of "America's Top Physicians" by the Consumer Research Council of America, as a Lifetime Member of Strathmore's Who's Who, and as the "Man of the Year in Medicine and Healthcare" by the American Biographical Institute.
Dr. Zimm is committed to providing every patient with an individualized, custom treatment plan to provide the highest of results.
Average Neck Lift Cost in New York City
In New York City, a neck lift can range from $10,000 to $20,000, but in some cases, it can exceed $20,000. The overall cost depends on many factors, including the expertise and experience of the surgeon, the geographic region, and the extent of surgery needed.
During the initial consultation, Dr. Zimm will discuss all your options with you. Once an individualized plan is chosen, Dr. Zimm will provide you with a detailed explanation of the total costs of the procedure. Providing upfront pricing helps to avoid any confusion and reduce the financial stress of the surgery.
What is Included in the Neck Lift Surgery Cost?
The cost of neck lift surgery in New York City includes several fees associated with the different facets of your procedure. The total cost will include post-operative appointments, post-surgical garments, and the surgeon’s fee. Additionally, fees associated with the cost of support staff needed before, during, and after surgery will be included in the total price.
Neck lift procedures are performed under general anesthesia adding additional costs to the procedure, including surgical facility fees and anesthesia fees.
Factors That Determine the Cost of the Procedure
When determining the cost of a neck lift in New York City, a customized approach is used to calculate the overall amount for the procedure. The most common factors determining the overall cost of surgery are discussed in the following paragraphs.
Surgeon Experience and Expertise
The complexities of neck lift surgery are best handled by an experienced, board-certified facial plastic surgeon. These surgeons invest a significant amount of time and money in obtaining extensive training and staying current on the most advanced surgical techniques.
Selecting an experienced neck lift surgeon is important in obtaining the best results possible. Although the cost of choosing an experienced plastic surgery may be higher, this can quickly be a more cost-effective option especially if a complication occurs from a botched neck lift.
Procedures requiring general anesthesia in an outpatient surgical facility or hospital result in additional surgical facility fees that can impact the total cost of the surgery.
Large cities, such as New York City, have a higher demand for cosmetic procedures and also higher operating costs which translate into higher procedural pricing. The East and West Coasts also have higher demands for cosmetic surgeries, resulting in higher costs in these regions.
What to Expect During the Initial Consultation?
The initial consultation is the best time to discuss the goals you wish to accomplish with a neck lift. Your surgeon will examine the neck and skin elasticity to help decide which neck lift procedure will be best to achieve your overall goals. In addition, Dr. Zimm’s experience and expertise will help identify additional procedures needed to enhance your transformation further.
During the exam, Dr. Zimm will review your medical history to ensure you are a good candidate for the proposed treatment plan. Topics that will be discussed can include:
- Previous surgeries
- Previous non-surgical cosmetic procedures
- Current and past medical conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure
- Allergies and current medications, including dietary supplements
- Tobacco, alcohol, and recreational drug use
After gathering all the information, Dr. Zimm will work with you to develop an individualized plan to achieve your goals. Finally, a detailed explanation of the total cost of the proposed plan will be provided to you, as well as any financing options available.
During the first two weeks after a neck lift, swelling and bruising is common. Wearing a compression garment and sleeping with your head elevated will be recommended during the early postoperative period to help reduce swelling. The majority of discomfort is described as tightness and numbness during the first two weeks and can be managed with over-the-counter medications. Strenuous exercise and lifting heavy objects should be avoided during the healing process.
The incisions are placed in natural lines under the chin or hidden from direct sight and the scar that is left behind will fade into a thin white line over the first six months to a year after the procedure. As swelling subsides, the final results can be appreciated, but this typically requires four to six months to be fully apparent.
Rejuvenate Your Neck and Jawline
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your neck and jawline, do not let them keep you from feeling confident in your body. Dr. Zimm offers a full range of options, including neck lift surgery, to help redefine your neck and jawline. Take the first step towards a more youthful, vibrant you. Call our office at 646-513-2142 to schedule a consultation today.
Frequently asked questions
The major signs of aging will typically begin to appear during one’s late thirties and will begin to progress from there. Although the average age many people undergo neck lift procedures is between the ages of 35 to 65. However, the best age to undergo a neck lift is the age at which you become unhappy with the look of your neck and feel it is the ideal time for you to undergo a neck lift to redefine the contours of your neck and jawline.
Most patients are able to experience the benefits of a neck lift for 10 to 15 years. The long-lasting results of a neck lift provide patients with a smoother, tighter contour to the neck and jawline. Although the effects of aging continue after the procedure, the sagging of the neck skin will never reach the severity before the neck lift is performed.
To help extend the life of a neck lift:
- Always wear sunscreen
- Avoid smoking
- Maintain a healthy, consistent weight
- Eat a healthy diet
A mini neck lift is performed through a single incision made underneath the chin. Through this incision, your surgeon can perform neck liposuction and tighten the neck muscles to help recontour the neck. However, the main distinction is that a mini neck lift does not remove any skin, whereas a neck lift will remove excess skin to help address sagging and further tighten the appearance of the neck.
A neck lift will typically address the excess skin and tissues along the neck and jawline to provide a more contoured silhouette. A neck lift can address the underlying muscle to help define and create a more natural transition within the neckline. However, the appearance of the lower face from the corners of your mouth to the jawline is not significantly changed with a neck lift. A lower facelift is typically used to address these specific areas.