Best Neck Lift in Maryland
An aging neck can affect your confidence and make you feel self-conscious, leading you to seek medical help to achieve a longer, sleeker, more elegant neckline. During your neck lift procedure in Baltimore, Maryland, board-certified neck lift surgeon Dr. Thomas Grace will deliver optimal results that make you look your best for professional and personal relationships.
A smooth, sophisticated neck contour has always been a hallmark of beauty. But unfortunately, many people develop wrinkles, bands, and sagging neck skin as the years go by. Dr. Grace understands this struggle, and aims to help you regain self-confidence with a neck lift at his plastic surgery practice in Baltimore.
You can have a neck lift performed alone or in conjunction with other procedures like a facelift, eyelid surgery, or forehead lift to further enhance facial beauty. You can also have our licensed esthetician perform non-surgical treatments to help revitalize your skin and accentuate your neck lift results.
Why is a Neck Lift procedure performed?
If your neck area has loose skin or extra fat or you have lost the youthful appearance of a sharp neck angle, a neck lift can correct for the effects of aging by removing the extra skin and fat as well as restoring a youthful neck line. A neck lift is often performed at the same time as a facelift.
During your consultation with Dr. Grace, we will discuss with you the best necklift procedure, which may involve either liposuction alone or fat removal with muscle tightening and skin excision. Our goal at Maryland Institute of Plastic Surgery is to provide for a necklift that meets your expectations.
The Neck Lift Procedure
Dr. Grace performs neck lift surgery through three tiny incisions. One is below the chin, hidden in the little crease behind it. Through this incision, Dr. Grace removes excess fat and tightens the underlying tissue with a procedure called a platysmaplasty.
The other incisions are behind each ear, strategically placed to allow them to heal with minimal scarring. These allow Dr. Grace to pull the neck muscles laterally and remove any excess skin. Drawing the platysma centrally and laterally achieves maximum tissue tightening.
The Neck Lift Benefits
In addition to sagging skin, wrinkles, stress, sun damage, and genetics, gravity can intensify an aged appearance, making you look older than your years. Plus, having excess fat around your neck will blur the line of demarcation between your jaw and neckline, making your profile noticeably different than when you were younger.
Regardless of the severity of your cosmetic concern, an aging neck can be challenging to conceal. However, a neck lift is highly beneficial for patients seeking a rejuvenating treatment.
A neck lift is a surgical intervention that creates a more defined jaw and neckline. For patients who may not need a comprehensive facelift, neck lift surgery can help reverse visible signs of aging – including a double chin and turkey wattle – by tightening underlying tissues and surface skin. The treatment is an excellent option for women and men with lax and sagging skin.
Initial recovery is 2 to 3 weeks for the bruising to resolve with full recovery in about 3 to 6 months.
You can go home after your surgery, but be sure to bring a responsible adult to drive you and ensure you recover comfortably. Dr. Grace recommends spending the first night in bed with your head elevated on two pillows. Your diet should be liquid for the first 18 hours; then, you can graduate to soft foods for a few days.
After your operation, you’ll have a small bandage around your neck. You will visit our office the day after surgery to have the bandage removed. There should be minimal discomfort, if any. Extra-strength Tylenol should be sufficient for pain management.
Most patients feel healthy enough to go back to work a week after surgery. Ten days after your neck lift, you’ll come back for a follow-up appointment so Dr. Grace can assess your healing and take out the sutures behind each ear. You can resume your workout routine three weeks after the surgery.
Neck Lift FAQs
What causes a sagging neck or wrinkling neck skin?
Sagging or wrinkling around the neck results from a range of conditions. Being overweight can lead to the appearance of a double chin. Other causes include a genetic predisposition to accumulate fat below the jaw. Age can also contribute to skin laxity and the development of jowls.
How much does a neck lift cost?
Since your Baltimore neck lift procedure will be highly individualized, many variables will affect your total price tag. We can give you a more accurate quote at your private consultation.
Where can I see neck lift before-and-after pictures?
Please view our photo gallery for examples of results Dr. Grace has provided for previous patients.
Am I an appropriate candidate for neck lift surgery?
You are well-qualified for neck lift surgery if:
- Your neck skin is loose, fleshy, or lacks definition
- You are not satisfied with your neck contour
- You are in good physical and emotional health
You have realistic expectations