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Remove wrinkles, sagging and restore a youthful chin and jawline with a neck lift

Neck lifts are performed regularly by the plastic surgeons at Hill Country Plastic Surgery. The goal of the procedure is to address sagging skin and extra fat to restore an elegant, youthful jawline and neck without creating the appearance that a full facelift was performed.

Why choose Hill Country Plastic Surgery for your neck lift?

Dr. Scott Farber and Dr. Amita Shah are two of the leading facial plastic surgeons in the country. They have both undergone extensive training and have years of experience in performing all types of facial surgeries. Dr. Farber specializes in facial aesthetic surgery. He is highly skilled in performing these procedures and can create results that look both youthful and natural. They believe that every face deserves an individualized approach to achieve the best results. Therefore, they use a wide variety and combination of techniques when performing surgery. In the end, their patients can achieve results that look natural and celebrate their true beauty.

What are the benefits to choosing Hill Country Plastic Surgery for my facelift procedure?

In San Antonio, fellowship-trained plastic surgeons Dr. Scott Farber and Dr. Amita Shah are industry leaders who are very experienced in facial plastic surgery,

  • With years of extensive and intense training. Their philosophy is that the surgeon should not just create a lifted neck and jawline, but also recontour the neck so you look like a beautiful, younger version of yourself.
  • They recognize that each neck requires an individualized approach to restore the appearance of youth and use a wide variety and combination of techniques to achieve this goal. In the end, you will have the most natural-looking results that celebrate your true beauty.
  • Because neck lift surgery can create such dramatic results, it is important to work only with a plastic surgeon who has experience with the specific procedure and who has a thorough knowledge and understanding of facial anatomy.

What makes me a good candidate for a neck lift?

  • Sagging, crepey skin of the neck area
  • Ill-defined jawline
  • What does a neck lift do?
  • Tightens the neck muscles for a more youthful and sculpted appearance
  • Smooths wrinkled, crepey skin of the neck
  • A double chin, which results from loose skin and extra fat along the jawline and chin
  • Reduces a double chin by removing the excess fat
  • Smooths the vertical neck bands caused by the platysma muscle
  • Restores the definition of a youthful jaw line
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What are the benefits to getting a neck lift?

A neck lift removes excess skin, tightens the underlying facial tissue, and elegantly re-drapes the skin of the neck, restoring a youthful facial contour, jawline, and neck. In addition, it can remove the excess fat that is stored under the chin that is responsible for the double chin appearance. There is some downtime associated with a neck lift, and it will not create a “new” you, it will simply restore a more youthful appearance. Sometimes, a neck lift will need to be redone in 10-15 years, and that is patient dependent.

I had a neck lift, but I am unhappy with the outcome. What can I do?

Dr. Farber and Dr. Shah can also perform a revision neck lift in the San Antonio area to address issues you may be experiencing from a previous procedure. They generally collaborate with patients seeking revisions a year or longer after their initial surgery.

I am not ready for surgery, but I want a younger looking neck, what can I do?

Some patients are not ready for surgery and prefer nonsurgical treatments, such as dermal fillers, tightening radiofrequency, and BOTOX®, which provide a shorter-term, less dramatic rejuvenation. With these non-invasive options, you can expect to achieve about 30 percent of what you would get with a facelift.

Want natural, beautiful results with your neck lift?

Dr. Farber and Dr. Shah will work with each of their patients to create a customized treatment plan that will provide you with the best result. The goal with a neck lift is to tighten and contour the underlying tissue but not overtighten the skin, leading to beautiful, natural-looking results and avoiding the “pulled” look. A neck lift will have a lasting, powerful effect on the contour of the neck and jawline, restoring your appearance to that of 10-15 years younger.

How is a neck lift performed? Is submental liposuction used to remove a double chin?

First, an incision is made behind the ear. This allows your plastic surgeon to remove any excess skin and fat, as well as to strategically reposition neck tissues to restore a youthful contour. The remaining skin is lifted and sutured in place over the restored contour for a firmer appearance. This creates a reduction in wrinkles and sagging of the neck and jawline. The jawline, chin and neck areas can then be targeted by liposuction to remove fatty deposits and create a more contoured and enhanced appearance.

What to expect during my consultation?

Prior to your consultation, we recommend that you review the procedures on our website so you are familiar with the terms we will be using during our discussion. During your initial consultation with your surgeon at Hill Country Plastic Surgery:

  • We will discuss your concerns and goals before recommending treatment options that are tailored specifically to your needs.
  • Once we identify your concerns and surgical goals, we will discuss all treatment options that are available to you. 
  • Every patient is unique, and we will develop a tailored surgical plan that addresses your specific goals. 
  • In addition, we will thoroughly review your medical history, surgical history, medications, allergies, family medical history, and other important details such as your family breast cancer history.
  • It is very important that we obtain accurate information in all areas, as it may impact the outcome of your surgery. 
  • If you have any prior breast imaging, please send it to the office prior to your appointment.
  • While discussing different treatment options, we will perform a physical exam and take measurements that are necessary for planning for your surgery. 
  • Pre-operative (before surgery) photos will be taken either at your initial consultation or during your pre-operative visit.
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What should I expect after my consultation?

  • You will receive access to your notes on the patient portal in addition to information about your specific surgery. If you have not activated your patient portal, this can be done at your appointment by asking any of our staff to assist you.
  • If you have questions after your appointment, you can contact our office or message us through the patient portal. Some patients will require medical clearance from their primary care physician or a specialist or additional tests before undergoing surgery.
  • Once you have determined that you would like to have surgery and have completed any clearances and tests that were requested, contact our office at (210) 658-3555 to schedule a pre-operative appointment with one of our surgeons.

When will my follow up appointment be scheduled?

Your follow up appointment will be scheduled at your pre-operative appointment before surgery. If you need to change your appointment time or date, please contact our clinic at (210) 658-3555. The surgeon may adjust any of the above guidelines and instructions based on the patient and type of surgery performed.

Limitation, risks, complications

Risks of the procedure include risks of anesthesia, bleeding, infection, fluid collections, opening of the incision, widened scarring, numbness on the abdominal wall, skin discoloration, recurrent looseness of skin, deep fat may die (fat necrosis), deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications, asymmetry, need for revisions, persistent pain. The surgeon may adjust any of the above guidelines and instructions based on the patient and type of surgery performed.

Neck Lift FAQ

Are there things that can be done to enhance my neck lift?

What level of discomfort should I expect after my procedure?

What is the expected recovery time after a neck lift?

Are there things that can be done to enhance my neck lift?

Neck lifts are often combined with fat transfer to the cheeks, jawline, chin, or lips to restore lost volume or augment these structures, giving your face a natural, balanced appearance. A fat transfer refers to the process of taking fat from your abdomen or other problem areas and injecting purified fat tissue into another area of your body. The goal of the procedure is to improve the fullness of the cheeks, nasolabial folds, chin, jawline, or lower eye area, giving extra volume to the facial structure. This procedure may also be combined with a laser or chemical peel skin resurfacing to treat the fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth.

What level of discomfort should I expect after my procedure?

Most of our patients experience little to no pain the day after surgery. In the operating room, you receive a local anesthetic that helps control pain during the day of surgery. We will provide you with specialized aftercare instructions to reduce swelling and discomfort. Our team will also recommend supplements to help reduce swelling and bruising after surgery.

What is the expected recovery time after a neck lift?

Recovery time for a neck lift procedure is about 1 week. During the first week, patients may experience some swelling and bruising. Recovery is faster than with a traditional facelift, as the surgery focuses on only the jawline and the neck. There is rarely any need to place surgical drains. You can expect to return to a desk job within a week after the surgery, so most of the swelling and bruising is gone. You can expect to return to normal activity after about three to four weeks. It is important to note that recovery time varies from patient to patient. After a neck lift, patients are advised to keep their head elevated while sleeping, apply a cold compress when needed, and avoid exercise and other strenuous activity.

Ready for a more youthful, refined neck and jawline? Meet with us.

Are you interested in learning more about this procedure? To schedule a consultation, please contact us. Hill Country Plastic Surgery is the premier plastic surgery center in the San Antonio area, and our friendly team members are here to help you and will reach out promptly.

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