Neck Lift St Louis

What is a Neck Lift?

A neck lift is often done in conjunction with a facelift. However, isolated neck lifts are frequently done in younger patients who desire a more defined neckline, and in male patients who are not bothered by the appearance of their face but desire improvement in the appearance of their neck. In young patients, an incision is made below the chin and sometimes small incisions around the earlobe are made as well. The soft tissues of the neck are sculpted and repositioned to improve the appearance of the neck and jawline.

In men who are concerned about the aging appearance of their neck, but not bothered by the appearance of their face an incision is typically made directly over the sagging areas of skin and muscle. The muscle and fat are sculpted, and excess skin is excised. Satisfaction is high in male patients who undergo isolated direct neck lifts.

Dr. Namin’s Philosophy

The deep plane facelift has been well described for decades, but many excellent surgeons have modified the approach and taught the approach extensively at meetings worldwide. The understanding of neck anatomy on how the underlying anatomy dictates the appearance of the neck is critical to neck lifting. Various layers and tissues of the neck can be sculpted and repositioned to improve the appearance of the neck.

Neck Lift Postoperative Recovery

During the first day, you will have a dressing in place and drains in place. The first week you will have the most bruising and swelling. By the end of the first week, the drains are typically removed, and the sutures are removed. By the end of the second week, you are typically able to resume social events and work without obvious signs of surgery. The bruising will be resolved by this time. There may sometimes be some residual swelling at two weeks. The incision lines will still have some pink/ red pigmentation at 2 weeks, but you are typically able to wear makeup by the end of the first week to help cover this. Take the Arnica Montana as prescribed for the first 4 days after surgery, this will help minimize the bruising. Wear the elastic garment at night during the first two weeks after surgery. Gentle walking around the house and store is encouraged beginning the day of surgery. Avoid twisting your neck for the first three weeks after surgery. Avoid driving the first week after surgery, and preferably the second week after surgery as well. Light exercise can be resumed two weeks after surgery, and vigorous exercise can be resumed four weeks after surgery. Plan to sleep on your back with slight head elevation (1-2 pillows for comfort). Do not flex your neck or elevate your head excessively.

How Much Does a Neck Lift in St Louis Cost?

Estimate price range: $6,000 – $8,000 

Neck Lift Postoperative Timeline

Day of Surgery: Dr. Namin will meet with your family or friend after the procedure is completed. You will wake up with a dressing around your face and two drains in place. You will typically spend 1-2 hours in the surgical facility after the procedure is completed. It is important that someone spends the first night after surgery with you.

Post Operative Day 1: Return to clinic for Dr. Namin to see you. The facial dressing will be removed. The skin and incisions will be checked.

Post Operative Day 2-5: Bruising and swelling typically peak during these days. Cool packs can be applied to the face for up to 20 minutes at a time every few hours.

Post Operative Day 7: Return to clinic for suture removal.

Post Operative Weeks 2-3: The swelling will continue to decrease during this time. Avoid turning your head excessively. Resume gentle exercise in a graduated fashion.

Post Operative Week 4: Check up with Dr. Namin in the office or virtually. Vigorous exercise can be resumed in a graduated fashion, and excessive head turning is no longer an issue.