As people age, abundant skin and fat can develop in the neck area, which can produce a sagging, unappealing look that can be corrected by a neck lift. A neck lift (platysmaplasty or cervicoplasty) effectively removes this extraneous skin and fat to create a slimmer neck that will produce a sleeker look and more distinctive profile. The cosmetic surgeons of Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates in Oklahoma City, Dr. Erik Nuveen and Dr. Courtney Caplin, use the neck lift as a rejuvenation treatment to help patients reverse the signs of aging. Neck lift surgery is a great option for those looking to avoid more extensive surgery, while gaining all of the youth-restoring benefits.
Neck Lift Reviews
"I'm 10 days post-op full face/necklift with laser resurfacing and lip silikon filler. I couldn't be happier!!! Dr. Nuveen is the most caring and compassionate person ever imaginable. Over the weekend I had access to his cell phone in case I had questions or apprehension about my healing! HE'S THE BEST!!!!"- Anonymous / RateMDs / Oct 10, 2013
"Dr. Nuveen is a very talented, skilled and caring surgeon. My face and neck look wonderful; not to much and not to little. He and his staff are very experienced, thorough, and supportive. I am so happy with my results and thankful I selected Dr. Nuveen and the CSA facility."- A.L. / Google / May 07, 2015
"I chose Dr Nuveen because my ob/gyn said he performed his wifes breast augmentation & alot of other word of mouth. He started my visit by telling all about himself & where he came from plus his hobbies (cars), my husband was hooked (his hobby is also cars)! My 1st implant surgery was performed 20 yrs ago, i had developed a leak in implant & had scar tissue build up around implant. Dr Nuveen assured me that scar tissue was going to be a problem, I asked him if i needed a lift & he said no, I was so happy because i didn't want a lift. I was very worried about the pain because my 1st surgery was worse than natural childbirth, he said it wouldn't hurt as bad because there was already a pocket there. He was right it was so much better!! We chose silicone implants that are 600cc. I'm 6 weeks out of surgery & extremely pleased w/results (my husband is a VERY HAPPY MAN)! He asked me at my visit if i would mind him using my before & after pics, I was ecstatic that he thought my breasts we're pretty enough because I'm 52 yrs old & I told him YES! I definitly recommend Dr Nuveen & staff and I've already talked to him about getting rid of my "turkey neck" & I will definitely chose Dr Nuveen for all my future surgeries!!"- Anonymous / RateMDs / Feb 03, 2015
"I have visited four times. I have been so impressed with the staff. They are professional and patient to answer questions and explain options. I have especially appreciated Jessica. She is a guru for the face! Every time I visit I am so glad I went - Have benefited from Kybella, Restalyne and a peel so far."- J.L. / Google / May 12, 2016
A neck lift removes hanging skin and reshapes the neck. During the procedure, an incision is placed under the chin and/or behind or in front of the ears. If fat deposits are present and need to be removed, liposuction will be used during the surgery and performed first. The final steps of treatment will be to trim away excess skin, pull the remaining underlying tissue and muscle tight, and suture the incision.
This procedure is performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient surgery at an accredited surgical clinic. The duration of the surgery usually takes around 2 hours, although it may vary depending on the case. Bruising and swelling will be visible after the surgery, but this will subside in the few short days following the procedure. Initially, patients will feel tightness and numbness. Once the neck adjusts to its new position, patients will notice a more relaxed feeling and a beautiful surgical result. It can take up to 6 months for the final results to appear.
For neck lift procedures, the cost can fluctuate between $3,800 and $4,300.
**Fee's that are posted are subject to change. No doctor/patient relationship is established until exam. Consent in perpetuity until canceled in writing.
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Neck Lift FAQs
What is a Neck Lift?
A neck lift is a cosmetic procedure that aims to correct and improve several areas of the face and neck. The procedure elevates and improves the lower face jowls, and defines the neck. It does not effect the cheeks or upper face. Dr. Nuveen and Dr. Caplin commonly use fat transfer to help augment and fill certain areas that the neck lift may not address. The neck lift does not improve the quality or the texture of the skin. For these issues, Dr. Nuveen and Dr. Caplin may recommend a laser skin resurfacing.
Alternative to Lift?
Surgery is the only way to remove loose skin, especially if it is loose enough to hang and droop. Therefore, a neck lift is the only solution when it comes to redefining an individual’s neck to create a strong contour. While there are some very good skin tightening laser treatments on the market today, surgery is still the best option.
There is minimal scarring with this procedure. Since the incision is placed under the chin and near the ears, the scarring is usually hidden. A skilled facial surgeon will take great effort to minimize scarring as much as possible.
This depends on the situation and the amount of loose and sagging skin that is present. Some weight loss patients are young and may require a neck lift at a young age (for example, those between 20-30). For older patients who are combatting loose skin due to aging, the most common age is between 50-70.
During the initial consultation, it may be brought up that in addition to a neck lift, the patient may also benefit from another procedure, such as a facelift or a chin implant. It is common for these additional procedures to be combined to achieve the patient’s desired contours and aesthetic goals.
How long does it take?
The average case takes 60 minutes to perform and is an outpatient procedure, meaning you go home right afterwards with a head wrap for overnight.
Are there any limitations?
Of course. The Neck Lift procedure has very limited access and areas of the neck that it treats. Any issues with sagging of the cheeks or loss of fullness of other areas of the face will require consideration of a SmartLift or Full Facelift. Unfortunately, a neck lift cannot stop the aging process. A neck lift does not change the quality or texture of the skin. A neck lift, can, however, give the patient a more freshened and rested appearance.
What are the Risks associated?
It is rare to have complications after a neck lift performed by Dr. Nuveen and Dr. Caplin. However, this is a surgical procedure and things can occur. Some of the potential complications associated with a neck lift procedure are bleeding, scarring, infection, nerve injury, and poor healing. Dr. Nuveen and Dr. Caplin will discuss these with you in consultation.
Will Insurance Pay?
NO. This is entirely a cosmetic procedure. Insurance will not cover neck lift surgery.
Are the Results Permanent?
It depends on your definition of permanent! Yes, the results will stay with you forever. But, the aging process will not stop after a neck lift. That being said, you will always look younger after your neck lift than if you had never had one before. It is difficult to say how long the neck lift will last, since everyone ages differently. The average re-operation is at 10 years.
Can I resume sexual activity?
You can resume your sexual activities as tolerated.
Some bruising is normal following any surgical procedure. Once again, ice is strongly recommended to reduce bruising. If you have excessive or very dark bruising, you should contact our office or your physician if outside of normal business hours.
How do I schedule a follow-up?
Your 24 hour follow up appointment will be booked for you at the time of surgery. All following appointments are made through our nursing staff. We typically like to see patients at 24 hours, 2 weeks, 1 month, 3 months and 6 months following surgery.
When can I exercise?
You can increase your activity as tolerated but no heavy lifting or running for at least two weeks after surgery. Golden Rule: if it hurts, don’t do it. Allow your body time to heal.
Can't have a bowel movement?
Pain medication can cause constipation. We suggest purchasing an over the counter stool softener to assist in regularity (Colace or Dulcolax). Take one with each meal until you are finished taking narcotic pain medications. If this is not productive in 24 hours, take one quarter of a bottle of Magnesium Citrate.