San Antonio, TX plastic surgeon, Michael E. Decherd, M.D. offers neck lift surgery for patients seeking a more youthful, contoured neck line. Patients who have lost a significant amount of weight are frequently excellent candidates for this surgery, which reduces excess loose skin in the neck that can sometimes resemble a “turkey neck”. During your consultation, Dr. Decherd will perform a full assessment. Patients with thick necks will often require the removal of the subcutaneous fat layer as well as the tissue beneath the neck muscle.
"First Class! I highly recommend Dr. Decherd and his staff! I was referred to Dr. Decherd by a friend who had a breast augmentation. She was very pleased with the results, I am three weeks out from a tummy tuck, breast lift, and liposuction, and I feel great. Everything went very smoothly. He was very upfront and informative about the procedure and I knew exactly what to expect. He and His staff are very 'down to earth' and I felt very comfortable. All of the ladies at the front desk are very nice and welcoming. His nurse is also top notch. She has been very helpful! I am so excited about my results! It looks great! He did an awesome job!"- T.S. / Google / Oct 16, 2015
"Dr. Decherd and staff are so kind and helpful. They are patient to answer any questions. Results are great and I'm so glad I had my procedure done here."- H. / Google / Aug 01, 2019
"Had tummy tuck done with amazing results. I would highly recommend the procedure and moreso that you do it here with Dr. Decherd and his staff. They are great! Very helpful and patient."- H. / Healthgrades / Jul 31, 2019
"Dr. Dechert and his staff are absolutely wonderful. He did a rhinoplasty for me and I couldn't be happier with the results! He was very professional and put me at ease during my pre op appointment and right before the surgery. His staff are all so welcoming and helpful. I highly recommend Dr. Dechert and I will definitely come back if i ever decide to get more work done!"- H.H. / Google / Jul 18, 2019
"Dr. Decherd is an amazing surgeon! His staff is super friendly and very informative! He listened to what I wanted and I’m beyond pleased with my results! I love their virtual imaging. I received 800cc UHP silicone implants and had them placed under the muscle. Because of the technique he uses, the pain was minimal. The results are perfect!"- S.C. / Google / Jul 10, 2019
A neck lift will address several issues including the removal of excess fat, the trimming of hanging skin and the tightening of loose skin around the underlying neck muscles. An incision is made under the chin, and in some cases, behind or in front of the ears. If fat removal is part of this surgery, liposuction will be the first step. Next, the neck muscles (platysma) are pulled tight and the overlying skin is stretched and re-draped to achieve the desired definition. Sutures are placed deep within the neck wall and a drain may be inserted to control bleeding.
A neck lift is considered an outpatient procedure, performed under general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility. This surgery typically takes 2 hours to complete, but that will vary by surgical case. After surgery, there will be some bruising and swelling. Patients will feel tightness and a pulling sensation as the neck adjusts to its new position. Most patients are able to return to work within 7-10 days. It can take several months for the optimal results to appear and for the neck to look and feel natural.
The cost for a neck lift procedure will vary depending on the extent of the surgery and whether liposuction was used. If the surgery is combined with another cosmetic facial procedure, then the cost will increase. In general, most patients can expect to pay between $5,000-$8,000 for a complete neck lift.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $5,000 - $8,000
- Recovery Time
- 7-10 Days
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Week
- Procedure Recovery Location
Neck Lift FAQ's
Non-Surgical Neck Lift?
Loose skin within the neck is a distinct flaw that can only be removed through surgery. Unfortunately, this is the only true way to redefine a person’s neck and add the necessary definition needed to improve the contour and profile.
A neck lift does require an incision under the chin and near the ears. However, these are placed inconspicuously (within the hairline on the ears and under the chin) so looking straight ahead you will not see them. We make every effort during surgery to minimize visible scarring as much as possible.
Individuals in their 20s and 30s may benefit from a neck lift, especially those who have experienced a massive weight loss or have a hereditary defect of the neck. Patients in their 60s and 70s often undergo a neck lift to cosmetically treat the visible signs of aging.
Neck or Chin?
Some patients will have issues with their neck, but these problems may actually be the result of a “weak chin.” Without the proper support of the chin bone, the neck isn’t able to have a defined contour. A chin implant (genioplasty or mentoplasty) may be recommended to reshape the chin and make it wider or more prominent. This can have a great impact on the neck for many patients. This surgery is considered a reconstructive procedure and requires the skill of an experienced surgeon. A neck lift may still be needed once the chin has been corrected.