Are There Case Details That Can Make a Neck Lift More Expensive for Some?

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Neck Lift Cost Factors

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A neck lift is usually performed to treat loose skin, excess fat, neck band correction, jowling, a more defined jawline or profile. A neck lift is elective surgery; that being said, fees can vary widely from patient to patient and may or may not include other supplemental surgeries for optimal results. At my New York practice, one of the most important factors to determine the cost of a neck lift has to do with the individual patient. The amount of facial aging, the medical status of the patient, the degree of sun exposure and habits (such as smoking or being overweight) will all influence how much work needs to be done. Of course, the patient’s cosmetic goals are important as well. (Will they need additional work? Would a facelift also be necessary for optimal results?) These questions must be addressed during a proper consultation before determining the cost of a neck lift. In addition, a surgeon’s cost for necklift surgery is likely based on his or her experience and may include surgeon’s fee, surgical facility cost, anesthesia fees, pre-screening medical tests, prescriptions and other incidental costs. The location of the practice may also be a cost factor.

New York Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Neck lift details

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Based on the anatomy, there are multiple levels of complexity to a neck lift which can effect the cost.  These are the typical areas that are addressed:

  1. Excess fat
  2. Excess skin
  3. Poor skin quality
  4. Loose sagging platysma
  5. Platysmal banding
  6. Enlarged submandibular glands

Sam Naficy, MD, FACS
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Neck lift costs

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The neck can have several problems that you may wish to correct. These include excess skin, skin wrinkling, fat excess, neck muscle banding, glandular descent or a combination of several. The cost of correction is, therefore, dependent on what you wish to correct.

Robert T. Buchanan, MD
Highlands Plastic Surgeon

Necklifts vary by surgeon technique, experience and how much work is involved.

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Necklifts vary by surgeon technique, experience and how much work is involved. If a young patient has minimal excess neck skin, the surgery will take 1/2 the time as a patient with excess neck fat, skin and neck cords(platysma bands). Therefore, the cost will vary because of this. Also, some surgeons just have more experience and skill and will charge more. Shop the surgeon, not the technique since you will not be able to sort thru the marketing vs. the skill and artistry of the surgeon.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

What makes a neck lift more expensive?

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The complexity of a neck lift is determined by a number of factors. Excess fat under the chin, weight of the patient, degree of skin laxity, degree of sun damage, gender (heavy males can be more complex), and lack of chin projection. 

A younger patient who is in good shape with good skin tone and good chin position is an example of an easier case that may only require neck liposuction in order to get a good result. This would likely result in a cheaper price. An older, heavy patient with a lot of fat under the chin and heavy jowling would be a very complex case that may require a facelift as well. This would obviously be more expensive. 

Make sure that you get a comprehensive exam by a qualified and experienced surgeon. 

Todd C. Miller, MD
Newport Beach Facial Plastic Surgeon

Neck Lift More Expensive in each case

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Sure! Some are very simple removal of excess skin. While otheres may need muscle tightening, skin excision, and liposuction. Thus there could be a fe difference. 

Neck Lift Cost

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The cost for a neck lift procedure is going to be based on the amount of work that needs to be performed with a more extensive procedure being more expensive.  The procedure may be as simple as neck liposuction.  Increasingly difficult procedures may include an isolated neck lift with or without some modification under the chin.  Many patients will do best to have the neck lift performed in conjunction with a face lift. 

Michael Sundine, MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon

Differences in neck lift procedures

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There are indeed many different types of patients.

Some patients, generally younger patients with a double chin due to excess fat in the chin area, can benefit from liposuction alone.

Older patients, and some younger patients with weakness in the deep layers of the neck, benefit from tightening of the deep layers as well as liposuction.  

Still others have excessive neck skin and would benefit from a lower facelift or facelift to achieve their best result.

Doctors have widely differing artistic visions of what their surgeries should accomplish.  Surgeons also have widely varying training, experience and board certification.

So you can see this is not a stereo where the same model of radio is available all over the country with no variation.  It is more akin to art.  The art you buy on the street corner is not the same as the art you see in a museum.

Patients should interview their prospective surgeons carefully and be picky; this is your face.

Brent Moelleken, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Cost Variability of Neck Lifts

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You are buying a brand. Like all other luxury items the cost of a cosmetic operation depends on the cost of living in that community, the average cost of Cosmetic surgery in the area and what various surgeons wish to charge. Although more established surgeons can charge more than newer surgeons, you can get just a good a result by using a good surgeon in a smaller town as a more well-known and expensive surgeon in New York or Beverly Hills.

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon

Neck Lift and Face Lift Cost

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Neck Lifts and Face Lifts are complex procedures which should only be performed by highly trained surgeons.  Make sure that you are treated by a qualified and board certified plastic surgeon.  The saying, "You get what you pay for," holds true for plastic surgery.  Price variations have to do with the reputation of the surgeon, the facility fees and also any other procedures which may be performed at the same time.  


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