Defining a Neck Lift and Understanding its Cost

Dr. H.M. Seify, a board certified plastic surgeon in Newport Beach, CA, provides state of the art reconstructive and cosmetic surgery procedures. With 13 years of post-graduate training and extensive experience in plastic surgery behind him, Dr. Seify is in a position to provide striking, results verified, and high tech treatments to his patients in Newport Beach, Orange County, CA and surrounding areas.

Apart from his contributions as a cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Seify also serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the UCLA School of Medicine and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of California at Irvine (UCI Medical Center).

What is a Neck Lift?

Neck lift is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to remove excess fat and skin from the neck area to make the neck contour appear more enhanced and youthful. In many cases, a neck lift is performed in conjunction with a facelift surgery in order to achieve more consistent looking results for the face and neck. If the neck muscles have become loose or weak, the procedure may involve tightening of the underlying muscles to provide a firmer and smoother appearance to the neck.

Dr. Seify is an experienced plastic surgeon providing neck lift treatment to his patients in Newport Beach, Orange County, CA and surrounding communities. He will evaluate the patient’s face and neck anatomy, general health condition and medical history, and their aesthetic goals before recommending a neck lift or a facelift or a combination of the two procedures. If the patient is need of a minimal aesthetic enhancement in the neck, a mini neck lift plastic surgery may be performed to achieve the desired results.

Factors Affecting the Cost of a Neck Lift

The cost of a neck lift procedure may vary from one practice to another based on several factors.

Geographical Location

The cost of a neck lift in Newport Beach, Orange County, CA and nearby areas may not be the same as the cost of the same procedure in Atlanta, GA. The cost of living index can vary from one region to another, and it may impact the average costs of all kinds of goods and services, including surgical services.

Surgeon’s Fee

The fee charged by the cosmetic surgeon is a key component in the overall costs of a neck lift procedure. This fee may vary from one surgeon to another depending on their skills, experience, reputation, or demand from patients for a particular procedure.

Surgical Facility Costs

A surgical facility that provides state of the art resources and technologies, support of an experienced team of staff members, and offers high-end comforts and services may cost a little more than an average operating room facility with basic essential surgical services.

Other Related Costs

When a patient is preparing a cost estimate for a neck lift procedure, he or she should consider all possible costs associated with the surgery. This may include costs of medical tests, prescription drugs, post-op visits, and other related expenses. With a clear and correct cost estimate, the patient is in a position to make an informed decision about the procedure and arrange his or her finances appropriately.

Extent of Surgery Performed

The cost of neck lift cosmetic surgery may vary from one patient to another even at the same practice. This may depend on the length and complexity of the procedure performed. In some cases, the plastic surgeon may recommend a combination of neck lift and facelift, which can push up the overall costs significantly.

Average Cost of Procedure

The average cost of a neck lift may range from $6,000 to $8,000 in case of a full neck lift. However, if the patient needs a mini neck lift surgery, the average cost may be around $4,000. A full neck lift surgery involves a submental incision for the removal of excess fat and tightening of the underlying muscles. In case of a mini neck lift, the neck tightening may be performed with an incision being made behind the ear into the hairline.

A mini neck lift procedure may be performed under local anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. This reduces the overall costs because the fee of the anesthesiologist is avoided. The cosmetic surgeon may also charge a lesser fee for this procedure because it can be performed in a lesser amount of time, and involves fewer pre- and post-op visits.

When the procedure is combined with a facelift plastic surgery, the total cost of treatment may range between $12,000 and $15,000. However, these are only average cost indications, and the exact cost of the procedure should be discussed with the surgeon at the time of initial consultation. Patients should also evaluate their financing options because a neck lift is usually performed as an elective surgery that is not covered under the patient’s health insurance plan.

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Neck Lift Surgery Overview – Newport Beach | Orange County

Dr. Hisham Seify is a board certified plastic surgeon in Newport Beach, California, providing a wide range of reconstructive and cosmetic surgery procedures. Dr. Seify completed nearly 13 years of post-graduate training, including international training in plastic surgery, before he earned his Doctor of Science degree from the Emory University in the U.S.

He has presented scientific papers and delivered lectures within the country as well as abroad. In addition to his services as a cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Seify also current serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the UCLA School of Medicine as well as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of California at Irvine (UCI Medical Center). Patients in Newport Beach, Orange County, CA and surrounding communities have an opportunity to receive state of the art surgical treatments from Dr. Seify.

What is a Neck Lift?

A neck lift cosmetic surgery is designed to improve the aesthetic appearance of the neck and make it more youthful looking. The procedure may include removal of excess loose skin from the neck, tightening of underlying neck muscles, and removal of excess fat to enhance the neck contour. Neck lift procedure is typically performed in conjunction with facelift plastic surgery.

Both neck and face should appear proportionate and even looking for best results. In some situations, the patient may just need a neck lift procedure. As an experienced cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Seify first evaluates the facial and neck profile of his patients in Newport Beach, Orange County, CA and nearby areas. Depending on the evaluation and the patient’s aesthetic goals, he may recommend a neck lift or a combination of facelift and neck lift surgery.

Neck Lift Procedure Options

The plastic surgeon will adopt a customized treatment approach for neck lift, depending on the patient’s condition. Neck lift procedure may vary depending on what may be most appropriate in the case of a particular patient. If the patient suffers from a “Turkey Wattle” neck, the surgeon may adopt a surgical technique that involves incisions underneath the chin or behind the ears or both. Through the incisions, the surgeon will tighten the platysma muscle, or even remove it, if necessary.

Advanced surgical techniques involve the use of an endoscope. This makes the procedure less invasive and the surgeon can tighten the neck muscle and remove excess skin and fat through smaller incisions. General anesthesia may be used if the procedure is extensive, or the surgeon may opt for local anesthesia with IV sedation, depending on the patient’s needs.

In cases where the patient needs only removal of excess fat from the neck, the surgeon may decide to perform a liposuction plastic surgery in prior consultation with the patient. In this treatment, the surgeon will make a minor incision below the chin to reduce excess fat. Sometimes liposuction may be combined with other procedures for more comprehensive outcome.

If the patient is bothered due to excess skin on the neck, the surgeon will excise the unnecessary part of the skin and raise it to a more youthful position. The skin will be repositioned and secured into its new place with the help of sutures or skin adhesives. Depending on the complexity of the procedure, the duration of a neck lift cosmetic surgery may range from two to four hours.

Neck Lift Pre-op Preparation

To ensure the success of a neck lift procedure, the patient should follow the pre-op and post-op instructions of the cosmetic surgeon carefully. Certain medications may have to be avoided for a few weeks prior to surgery to reduce the risk of uncontrolled bleeding. Patients who smoke will be required to quit smoking at least one month before surgery as well as one month after the surgery.

Working patients should plan to take at least a week off from work, but the exact time required for recovery may be determined only after the procedure has been performed.

Recovery and Results 

Recovery period from a neck lift surgery may vary between one to two weeks in most cases, depending on the extent of procedure performed and the natural healing ability of the patient. Following the post-op instructions of the plastic surgeon will also help expedite the recovery. Bruising and swelling are likely to last for several days following a neck lift. Tingling sensation, tightness in the treated area or numbness may be felt for a few days.

The surgeon may prescribe pain relieving medication to keep the patient comfortable during recovery. If the patient experiences any symptoms such as fever, pus discharge or other persistent signs of discomfort, he or she should get in touch with the surgeon immediately. It is important to avoid the post-surgical risk of infection for complete and timely healing.

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