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Neck Lift

Neck lift surgery is growing in popularity and provides outstanding, safer, and more effective results than ever before. Facial plastic surgeon Dr. Saiqa Khan, MD, performs neck lift surgery in Houston, Texas, for men and women who want to tighten loose neck skin, remove excess fat, and restore beauty to their jawline and skin in the delicate neck area. 

What is a Neck Lift?

Neck lift surgery is also called a lower rhytidectomy. The neck muscles lose their tone and elasticity with age, and neck lift surgery restores the natural curves and removes and tightens lax skin. As an experienced facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Khan customizes the procedure to accommodate her patients’ unique concerns and expectations.

Dr. Khan performs neck lift surgery for men and women who want a refreshed, more youthful appearance. Neck lift surgery elevates and tightens the inner structures of the neck, re-drapes the skin, contours the jawline, removes excess fat, and tightens lax skin to transform a double chin, remove jowls, and raise a sagging “turkey neck.”

Benefits

Non-surgical treatments alone cannot provide the benefits of neck lift surgery. Dr. Khan utilizes advanced techniques to rejuvenate the neck and provide natural-looking, tailored goals for each patient, such as:

  • Reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Tightening and lifting the underlying muscles
  • Diminishing the appearance of platysmal neck bands
  • Removing baggy or loose neck skin
  • Reshaping the jawline
  • Transforming a turkey neck
  • Lifting and smoothing jowls
  • Contouring a double chin
  • Outstanding results with minimal scars
  • Short recovery

Candidates

Healthy, non-smoking men and women with realistic expectations and a positive outlook who are experiencing sagging neck skin or jowls may be ideal neck lift candidates. Although neck lift patients are typically over 40, younger patients may benefit from neck lift surgery if they are close to their ideal weight, yet struggle with a double chin or loose neck skin. Patients experiencing wrinkling, neck banding, a double chin, jowls, or a turkey neck are invited to visit Dr. Khan in Houston, Texas, for a neck lift evaluation.

How Neck Lift is Performed

Dr. Khan typically performs lower platysmaplasty as an outpatient procedure using the latest, state-of-the-art technology at the accredited Houston Plastic Surgery Center, adjoining the Body By Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics office.

A board-certified anesthesiologist provides anesthesia before Dr. Khan creates small incisions hidden beneath the chin and the ear. Dr. Khan designs a personalized treatment plan and explains the details, including the incisions, recovery, and expected results, during the consultation.

Dr. Khan may recommend combining a lower facelift with the neck lift procedure to address jowls and to tighten the jawline, which may involve an additional incision along the earlobe fold or inside the ear. When the patient has sagging jowls, fine lines, and wrinkles, Dr. Khan performs a direct excision during a lower facelift, removes excess skin, tightens the jawline, and adds youthful contours for a rejuvenated, firm jawline.  Chin liposuction may be performed at the time of the neck lift, versus direct excision of submental fat.

During the neck lift procedure, Dr. Khan typically lifts the neck skin from the underlying muscles, removes excess fat, tightens the neck bands and remaining muscles, gathers the platysma muscle in the midline, removes loose neck skin, and places temporary drains before stitching the area.

To finish the procedure, Dr. Khan places a dressing over the incisions and the neck to reduce pain and swelling. If liposuction is performed, the surgeons place an elastic garment around the area.

Recovery

The patient will typically return to the clinic the following day to have the drains removed and evaluation by Dr. Khan. Bruising, swelling, and tightness may appear excessive during the first few days, but this is normal. Dr. Khan may prescribe antibiotics, anti-nausea medication, and pain medication to control side effects after the procedure.

Patients are encouraged to keep their head elevated above their heart for the first few days to reduce swelling. The patient may carefully shower the following day but must keep the dressings dry.  If liposuction is performed, an elastic garment is worn over the neck in the evenings for two weeks after the procedure.

Avoid strenuous exercise until approved by the doctor. The swelling and bruising will gradually resolve within two to three weeks. Patients typically feel comfortable being seen in public by week two but may want to wait three weeks to schedule a photoshoot or attend an important social function.

Risks

Neck lift surgery is considered safe for healthy men and women. While there are risks associated with any cosmetic procedure, they are significantly reduced when an experienced plastic surgeon performs the procedure. Dr. Khan will explain the possible risks and side effects associated with neck lift surgery during the consultation.Risks and side effects are rare but may include:

  • Bleeding
  • Swelling
  • Possible allergic reaction to anesthesia
  • Changes in sensation
  • Scarring
  • Infection

The Consultation

Patients interested in learning more about a lower rhytidectomy are invited to meet with plastic surgeon Dr. Khan for a Neck Lift consultation in Houston, Texas. Dr. Khan has a warm personality and a patient-centered approach. Before recommending a personalized treatment plan, she assesses the patient’s overall health, reviews their medical history, and evaluates the skin’s elasticity of the neck and the strength of the muscle fibers extending from the collarbone to the jaw (platysma).

As an experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Khan combines art and science to retain the patient’s unique characteristics while restoring a youthful and contoured neck and jawline. Dr. Khan verbally walks her patients step-by-step through the process, answers any questions, and explains the expected results. Before and after photos from prior patients are provided for reference. 

Saiqa Khan, MD, is a talented facial plastic surgeon at Body By Ravi in Houston, TX, along with highly-respected body contouring plastic surgeon Dr. Ravi and cosmeticmedicine specialist Dr. Gopathi. Dr. Khan’s patients are treated with compassion and provided with superb care to meet all of their aesthetic goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

What risks are associated with neck lift surgery?

Risks and long-term side effects after a neck lift are rare when an experienced surgeon operates. Dr. Khan evaluates each patient’s medical history and explains the surgery along with any risks during the consultation, including infection, scarring, blood clots, swelling, and changes in sensation. Dr. Khan reviews each patient’s health history and explains the possible risks during the consultation, which may include infection, numbness, difficulty breathing, or unsatisfactory cosmetic results.

Is there an age limit for neck lift cosmetic surgery?

Dr. Khan creates a personalized treatment plan for each patient based on their medical history and cosmetic goals. While the average age for neck lift surgery is typically over 40, younger patients can still have a neck lift performed if they experience early signs of aging, such as wrinkles or a turkey neck or if a more defined and tightened jawline is desired. Dr. Khan may recommend chin liposuction and other options for younger patients who want a contoured and refreshed jawline. Dr. Khan also evaluates the patient’s general health and skin elasticity if they are over 60 to determine if the procedure will provide them with outstanding results.

How long does it take to see the benefits after a neck lift?

Patients typically experience swelling and bruising for several weeks after the surgery. The final results can be seen a few weeks after the treatment. Dr. Khan recommends that patients plan special events two weeks or more after the surgery to allow for full healing.

How long does neck lift surgery take?

Each neck lift procedure is customized to match the patient’s needs and may include a lower facelift to address jowls. A neck lift typically takes two hours to complete. Dr. Khan explains the details of the procedure during the consultation.

What can I expect during neck lift recovery?

Most patients experience moderate discomfort after neck lift surgery, which is managed with prescription medicine from Dr. Khan. The patient must keep their head elevated after the operation. The initial swelling, tightness, and bruising fade as the neck, skin, and underlying muscles heal and take on the new, younger-looking appearance. Most patients return to work 10 to 14 days after a neck lift; some may return sooner if they experience only mild side effects. Dr. Khan may approve light exercise in about two weeks but typically recommends that patients avoid strenuous activity for three to four weeks.

Schedule a Neck Lift Consultation in Houston, TX

Dr. Saiqa Khan, MD, is an experienced female plastic surgeon with extensive experience and training. Call 281–242–1061 today to request a Neck Lift consultation in Houston, TX, with Dr. Khan, or visit the Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics website to schedule a virtual appointment.

Body By Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics

Dr. Ravi Somayazula, Dr. Swapna Gopathi, and Dr. Saiqa Khan, all Board-Certified Physicians, use a patient-centered approach and spend as much time as needed to make each patient feel special and respected—not just another person walking through the door. As a team, a one-of-a-kind treatment plan is created to address concerns from head to toe with the latest surgical and non-surgical techniques, including: Breast Augmentation (Implants), Tummy Tucks, Liposuction, Mommy Makeovers, miraDry®, Botox®, Dermal Fillers, and Sculptra®. Working side-by-side, Dr. Ravi, Dr. Gopathi and Dr. Khan strive to create a long-lasting relationship with each patient, meeting any new aesthetic needs as they arise. Together, the staff at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics take each patient step-by-step through their cosmetic journey to achieve the desired aesthetic results.

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