Few of us relish the physical changes that go along with aging. Wrinkles, sallow skin, age spots, and sagging necklines are all part of the inevitable process that we try to prevent for as long as possible. Fortunately, we have options for cosmetic alterations that can help reverse these visible signs of aging and restore a look that is as youthful as you feel. If you find yourself looking at sagging skin in the mirror, consider what a neck lift can do for you.

What Is a Neck Lift?

A neck lift is a cosmetic procedure that removes excess fat and skin around the jawline, helping to create a more youthful, defined neck. While results can improve your appearance for some time, no surgery can completely stop the aging process. A neck lift is done to help reduce signs of aging in the lower part of the face and neck and is often done in combination with a facelift procedure.

What Is the Potential Cost of a Neck Lift?

According to recent statistics, the average cost of a neck lift is around $6,000. Additional costs such as anesthesia, operating room facilities, and other care-related expenses could bring your total bill to nearly $10,000.

The Neck Lift Consultation

A consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon will help you determine if you are a good candidate for this type of procedure. A consultation will include discussion around:

  • Your post-surgery goals
  • Any medical conditions you have, as well as medications you may be taking
  • Allergies and prior surgeries, medical history

Your surgeon will evaluate your health, taking into account pre-existing conditions and factors which may put you at risk for surgery. They will examine and measure your face and neck area, take photographs, and discuss potential risks and outcomes of the procedure. They may ask you questions related to lifestyle and stress management; these could play a critical role in how your body adapts to surgery before, during, and afterward during healing. Make sure to prepare for your consultation, coming with a list of questions and concerns that you need to be addressed in order to reduce your own anxieties about the procedure. It is very important that you disclose any information your doctor requests as it pertains to surgery, as any errors in medical history, medications, or recreational drug use could put you at risk for complications.

What To Ask at Your Appointment

Types of questions that are typically asked at a consultation include:

  • Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons?
  • Which hospital will you be performing the procedure?
  • Will this be in-patient or outpatient surgery?
  • Am I a good candidate?
  • What do I need to do to maximize my results?
  • How long will recovery take?
  • What results will be reasonable and expected after my procedure?
  • What can I do if I am not satisfied with the results?

The more you know prior to making your appointment, the more likely you and your surgeon will be able to craft a plan that ensures success and satisfaction. Take the time you need to get the answers you seek before surgery.

Am I a Good Candidate?

In general, you are a good candidate for neck lift surgery if you:

  • Have no medical conditions that will impede healing
  • Do not smoke or drink to excess
  • Have realistic expectations around attainable results
  • Have a positive outlook about the surgical procedure
  • Have support around you that will help facilitate healing

Asking your plastic surgeon candid questions about your readiness and health will do much to determine whether this type of procedure will yield you the youthful results you are looking for.

Schedule a Consultation Today 

Howland Plastic Surgery in Draper, Utah is ready to help you achieve your cosmetic surgery goals, one expert procedure at a time. Dr. Howland and his committed team of associates will work with you to craft a surgical plan that fits your needs, your desires, and your lifestyle. Fill out our online consultation appointment form and set yourself on a path to a younger, more confident, more vibrant you.