At Avante Plastic Surgery in the Sugar Land area of Houston, TX, a neck lift is one of our most popular plastic surgery procedures. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2020 alone, 160,235 neck lifts were performed in the United States. While not as well-known as a facelift, neck lifts are popular cosmetic procedures designed to make you look and feel younger and happier with your appearance. Avante Plastic Surgery is led by Dr. Ahmad Ahmadi and is one of the top plastic surgery practices in the Houston metropolitan area. If you’re interested in a neck lift and want more information, we’ve provided our guide to the surgery below.
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- 1 Procedure
- 2 Benefits
- 3 Ideal Candidate
- 4 First Steps
- 5 Expectations
- 6 Recovery
- 7 Cost
- 8 Why Choose Dr. Ahmadi?
- 9 Schedule a Consultation
- 10 FAQ
A neck lift is a cosmetic surgical procedure designed to improve the appearance of the neck and jawline. Depending on what your desired results are, your neck lift may involve tightening loose or sagging skin, removing excess skin and fat, and tightening the neck muscle.
A neck lift is a quick, easy procedure that typically has great results. As we age, the skin on our neck begins to lose its elasticity and develop a fine, crinkly, crepe-like texture. This skin begins to sag, impacting your self-image and making you physically uncomfortable. Many patients complain that certain clothing and jewelry become uncomfortable to wear as their neck skin begins to lose elasticity; a neck lift can alleviate this discomfort and return your neck to its youthful feel and appearance.
Neck lift surgery corrects the typical signs of aging in the neck area. These signs include loose skin, jowling, double chin, and muscle bands (platysmal bands). Patients can expect smoothing of the jowls, correction of double chin, and tightening of the neck bands after a neck lift surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Ahmadi will discuss your goals and what you want your neck to look like.
Neck lifts can also address specific aesthetic concerns, such as:
- Double chins
- “Turkey” neck
Dr. Ahmadi has seen his Houston Neck Lift patients enjoy the following benefits from their procedure:
- Achieves what most diet and exercise cannot
- Improved confidence and self-esteem
- Minimal scarring
- More youthful appearance
- Reduces excess skin
- Shorter recovery period
- Smoother skin
We believe the best candidates for a Neck Lift in Houston meet the following criteria:
- Adults between the ages of 20 and 55
- Are in overall good health
- Have a double chin (or turkey neck)
- Have excess loose skin under their neck
- Keep a positive outlook and realistic expectations
Unfortunately, we can’t recommend this procedure to any patient who has chronic health conditions or is allergic to anesthesia.
If you feel like a Neck Lift in Houston is the best procedure for you, the first step you should take is to contact Avante Plastic Surgery. During your appointment, you will meet with Ahmad Ahmadi, MD, who will evaluate your neck and ask you questions regarding your medical history. You will also be able to have any questions you may have answered and address any concerns. Please be open and honest during your consultation with Dr. Ahmadi when answering medical questions and about your medical history. We’re all on the same team of providing you with the best results possible, and honesty during your consultation is vital. Once he has a better idea of how he can help you, Dr. Ahmadi will create a customized surgical plan to help you achieve your desired look. If you agree with his recommendations, surgery will be booked and our Patient Coordinator will provide you with instructions to achieve the most out of your procedure.
Dr. Ahmadi typically performs neck lift surgery under general anesthesia or IV sedation. He will start by making separate incisions around the ear and the behind the chin crease. The incisions are carefully placed so that they are well hidden. Next, the muscles and skin are tightened to give your neck a youthful appearance. Dr. Ahmadi will then remove the excess fat and liposuction the neck to provide you with the desired smooth results.
Neck lifts are generally considered one of the easier plastic surgery procedures to recover from. This is an outpatient procedure so you will go home after surgery. There will usually be drains placed after your surgery, and you may be sent home wearing a head and neck compression dressing that will be freshened the next day. Typically, patients return the next day for a drain check and dressing changes. The drains are usually removed the day following your surgery.
During the immediate recovery, you will see some side effects. Swelling and bruising are the two most common side effects, and the extent of the swelling and bruising depends on how much excess skin you have and how much sculpting of fat and underlying tissue occurs.
The bruising and swelling go down quickly, and you only need to take it easy for a few days. Surgeons don’t recommend bed rest– just relaxation and reduced activity. You will need to use extra pillows to keep your neck above heart level as you sleep– it isn’t advisable to lay completely flat for a while.
For the first few days after a neck lift, you should rest and recuperate at home. You can get up to use the restroom and move around, but you should not be doing anything strenuous that might raise your blood pressure. Depending upon the incisions Dr. Ahmadi made, it may be several weeks before swimming, immersion in water, or steamy showers are safe again, and even longer before you can get back to intense exercise. During your consultation, you can discuss your activities with Dr. Ahmadi and work on a plan for your return to the activity.
The cost of a Neck lift surgery in Houston will vary depending on the surgeon’s skill and the additional procedures required. Please get in touch with our office for an estimate. An exact price can be given at the time of your consultation. Financing is also available.
Why Choose Dr. Ahmadi?
If you want to get your neck lift there’s no better place than Avante Plastic Surgery in the Houston area. Dr. Ahmadi is known by his patients as one of the best neck lift surgeons in Houston. He is a highly skilled and experienced board-certified plastic surgeon who will ensure you receive the highest quality of care. In addition to procedures like neck lifts and facelifts, Dr. Ahmadi is a pioneer of cosmetic surgery and has developed the LipoTuck™ full body rejuvenation system. When you schedule your procedure with Dr. Ahmadi, you can feel confident that you are working with one of the best of the best.
Schedule a Consultation
At Avante Plastic Surgery Houston, we offer personalized care and attention, ensuring that each patient’s unique needs and goals are addressed. You have dreams for your body, and we are here to make those dreams come true! Call us at 281-265-2639 today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ahmadi.
Is neck lift painful?
Overall, you should have a very comfortable experience during your Neck Lift, but many patients do experience some soreness and tightness during their initial recovery stage. Dr. Ahmadi can prescribe you some temporary pain medication to ease any discomfort. We will also provide you with a list of instructions on how to get the most out of your recovery.
are there other options if i’m uncomfortable with surgery?
Some patients prefer to get a mini neck lift. This is also known as a minimally invasive neck lift. It does not provide as much contouring as a neck lift, but it may be suitable in certain cases. Since there is reduced incision, the recovery will be quicker. Another option to consider is the thread lift. This is a non-surgical procedure that, in the cases of less advanced aging, can achieve desirable neck contouring.
how many appointments will i need?
You can expect about 3 – 5 follow-up appointments as you recover so Dr. Ahmadi can monitor your healing process and ensure that you’re happy with your results. You will need to return about a week after surgery to have any stitches removed, as well as the cannula if one was used. You will be informed after each check-up when you will be expected to return, but it will usually take place a few weeks after surgery, then again in a few months, and finally around 6 months post-op.
how long until i see results?
Neck lifts are highly effective procedures with results that can last 10-15 years. You will start to see the results in the first two to four weeks, but it takes six months to a year for the procedure to create a completely settled appearance. Once you’re past the twelve-month recovery mark, you will see exactly what your neck will look like for the next decade or even longer.
Can i combine neck lift with other procedures?
Depending on your needs, Dr. Ahmadi may suggest a full facelift (to include a neck lift), a brow lift to reposition your eyebrows, an upper and lower eyelid tuck to remove excess skin and fat from the eyelids, and neck liposuction to better contour your neck, laser resurfacing, and dermal fillers.