Neck Lift



Neck Lift Houston TX

Wrinkling and creasing in the neck area can negatively impact your overall facial appearance, forcing some people to wear scarves and turtlenecks even during warm summer months. This loose skin may be caused by factors such as aging or weight loss. A neck lift procedure, sometimes referred to as cervicoplasty (removal of excess skin) or platysmaplasty (tightening of loose neck muscles), is a cosmetic surgical treatment that removes excess fat and loose skin and/or muscles in the neck region. With this procedure, plastic surgeons aim to achieve a smooth, graceful neckline that conveys a sense of refinement and enhances your overall aesthetics. Many patients who receive this procedure experience a more youthful appearance, along with improved confidence and self-esteem.

Houston, TX plastic surgeon Dr. Christian Arroyo offers neck lift surgery to patients in his Houston and West Houston backyard, as well as surrounding Texas cities of River Oaks, Bellaire, Katy, Memorial, Briarforest, Sugarland, Pearland, Kingwood, Jacinto City, Galena Park, Pasadena, Cloverleaf, Aldine, Spring, the Woodlands, and more. The surgeon’s goal with neck lift plastic surgery is to give men and women an invigorated, youthful, and smoother neck appearance. Dr. Arroyo understands that the needs of different people are unique and goes out of the way to create a customized treatment plan for each patient. More so, the surgeon utilizes the most advanced surgical techniques to achieve the desired outcome while minimizing the risk of

Do I need a neck lift?

A neck lift is a plastic surgery procedure that removes excess skin and tightens underlying neck muscles in order to achieve a well-defined neckline. You may be a good candidate for neck lift surgery if:

  • You are in good physical and emotional health
  • You have excess loose neck skin
  • You have excess fat deposits under your chin
  • You have abnormal contours in your neck as a result of muscle banding
  • You are close to your ideal weight and are not planning in losing a large amount of weight in the future
  • You have realistic expectations about the outcome of this treatment

During your first neck rejuvenation consultation at Dr. Arroyo’s Houston cosmetic surgery center, the surgeon will listen to your concerns, examine your neck area, and let you know whether this procedure is for you. He will do this by using a state of the art virtual consultation tool in which he will be able to show you (in real-time) what the procedure would entail, where the scars would be located and what you can expect using your own pictorial anatomy. In some cases, Dr. Arroyo may recommend that you combine your neck lift with a facelift or nonsurgical rejuvenation treatments in order to achieve a dramatic improvement. If you are a smoker, the surgeon will ask that you quit at least 4 weeks before the procedure. More so, Dr. Arroyo emphasizes that all patients ensure that they are doing this procedure strictly for themselves, not because someone else asked this of them.

Dr. Arroyo’s Unique Sedation Method

During a neck lift procedure, Dr. Christian Arroyo utilizes a unique sedation method that is referred to as Total Intravenous Anesthesia (TIVA) Sedation. This technique is considered to be generally safer and allows the patient to breathe on their own without any intubation during surgery. Furthermore, patients do not suffer from side effects such as nausea, vomiting, or pain associated with general anesthesia. Once you have been prepped for surgery, the surgeon’s team will administer a specific type of oral medication to ease the nerves and assist with pain control. Instead of the typical intravenous medication, this is an oral version that many of his neck lift patients find to be very comfortable and preferable. It helps to utilize fewer intravenous medications during surgery and has lower chances of resulting in anesthesia side effects such as respiratory depression. After this the patient is brought into the operating room where a painless IV is started and intravenous medications are administered to give the patient a nice comfortable sedation, completely unaware of anything and without intubation. The patient is very closely monitored by Dr. Arroyo’s surgical staff with patient safety being the #1 priority. After the surgery is done, you wake up relaxed without pain, nausea or vomiting and ready to go home and recover.

Benefits of a Neck Lift

For individuals who are worried about aesthetic imperfections in the neck area, a neck lift can offer multiple unique benefits:

  • Reduced or totally eliminated ‘turkey neck’
  • Smoothened creases and wrinkles throughout the neck
  • Long-lasting results that will age naturally with the patient
  • Improvement in the appearance of vertical neck bands
  • Younger, well-contoured neck appearance
  • Comprehensive facial rejuvenation when combined with a facelift

Neck Lift Procedure 

A neck lift is the procedure of choice for individuals who are bothered by loose, sagging skin on the neck region. You may hear plastic surgeons refer to this procedure as cervicoplasty (removal of excess skin) or platysmaplasty (tightening of loose neck muscles). Dr. Arroyo will perform one or both of these treatments to suit the requirements of the patient.

Neck lift is considered to be an outpatient procedure that is performed at Dr. Arroyo’s in-office operating room under intravenous sedation. Once the patient has been sedated, the surgeon will proceed to create a small incision behind each year. A third incision under the chin may be necessary depending on the needs of the patient. The next step is to remove excess skin and tighten underlying tissues in order to achieve a smoother, firmer, and well-defined neck contour. Once the surgery is complete, Dr. Arroyo will close the incisions and place bandages on the treatment area.

Recovery after your Neck Lift

Recovery after a neck lift in West Houston TX varies from one patient to the other, usually depending on the extensiveness of treatment and the patient’s overall healing ability. Dr. Arroyo encourages his neck lift patients to get up and move around as soon as they are able to after surgery in order to promote proper blood flow. You can expect to experience swelling, bruising, and pain over the first week. The surgeon will provide appropriate medication to keep you comfortable. Most neck rejuvenation patients are able to resume light work within 10-14 days. However, you will need to wait until after 4-6 weeks before you can get back to vigorous activity. It is important that you strictly adhere to Dr. Arroyo’s precise post-op instructions in order to ensure a speedy, uninterrupted recovery. If you have any questions or are worried about anything during this healing process, Dr. Arroyo’s office will always be available to provide the support you need.

How much is a neck lift in Texas

Dr. Christian Arroyo performs neck lifts in his in-office operating room, supported by highly qualified nursing staff. The cost of a neck lift in Houston, Texas is determined by the extensiveness of the treatment and the unique needs of each patient. Many of Dr. Arroyo’s patients can expect to pay between $2,500 and $12,000 for this cosmetic treatment. Health insurance companies typically do not cover neck lift because it is considered to be an elective cosmetic procedure (and not a medical necessity). During your initial neck lift consultation with Dr. Arroyo, the plastic surgeon’s team will provide a cost estimate so you can arrange for financing.

Neck Lift FAQ

How long will results last?

Following a lift neck plastic surgery, individual results may vary from one patient to the other depending on the skin elasticity and care taken during the healing process. The outcome of this procedure can last for 10-15 years on average. Make sure to talk to Dr. Arroyo about how you can gain the most out of your neck rejuvenation treatment.

Will I have scars?

During neck lift surgery, Dr. Arroyo will create two incisions behind the ears, and an optional one under the chin. The surgeon keeps incisions at a minimum length and makes sure to conceal them within natural skin folds. Dr. Arroyo will also educate you on how to take care of your scars in order to make sure that they fade over time and are no longer noticeable.

Neck lift vs facelift

Many patients wonder what the difference between a neck lift and a facelift is. Both of these procedures focus on rejuvenating the lower face and neck. A neck lift aims to get rid of excess skin and fat from under the jaw, while also tightening the neck muscles. On the other hand, a facelift addresses all the areas that a neck lift covers, while also focusing on reducing excess skin around the chin and mouth. During your consultation visit with Dr. Arroyo, the surgeon will help you select the best procedure (or combination of procedures) to suit your needs.

Can I combine my neck rejuvenation with other procedures?

It is possible to combine a neck lift with other cosmetic procedures in order to achieve more benefits in one session. Talk to Dr. Arroyo about integrating your platysmaplasty with other cosmetic surgeries such as chin augmentation, rhinoplasty or many others.