Is it Worth it to Have a Neck Lift?
When you’re considering any elective medical procedure, you need to know the risks, and weigh them against the benefits. The choice of whether or not to have elective surgery is very personal, and every person will make their choice differently. Here, we’ll discuss the major risks and benefits of having a neck lift. If you want to learn more about what the procedure and the recovery are like, please visit Neck Lift: the Procedure and Recovery.
Please note that this page is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for qualified, individualized medical advice. You should discuss your potential elective surgery with your own doctor(s), including your primary care physician and the surgeon who will perform your surgery if you decide to proceed.
Any surgery has risks, and they should be carefully weighed before you decide to proceed. There is a chance of infection, which may require antibiotics and may also lead to a less aesthetically-pleasing result. There is also a chance of excessive bleeding during the surgery, which occasionally requires a blood transfusion. Some people react badly to anesthesia. There is a small risk of death due to any surgery. Although it’s important to be informed, these risks are small in most healthy people; talk with your surgeon to determine your personal risk.
There is also the risk that you won’t be happy with your neck lift result. The surgeon may remove too much or not enough skin, and may tighten the remaining skin of your neck too much or not enough. You can reduce this risk by choosing a surgeon who listens to you carefully and tries to understand your goals. Additionally, your neck lift may not last forever. As you continue to age, the skin of your neck may wrinkle and sag again. You will likely still look more youthful than if you hadn’t had the procedure, but you won’t necessarily always look exactly the way that you did right after your neck lift.
For those who are experiencing sagging due to aging, a neck lift can restore a youthful appearance to the neck. Many men and women have spent time and money on caring for the face to prevent the signs of aging, but may not have cared for the neck as diligently, only to find that an aging neck ruins their youthful look. Some may have chosen a cosmetic procedure for the face and/or hairline, and want to complete their newly youthful appearance with a neck lift. Those who have the “turkey wattle” of excess skin in the center of the neck under the chin may be particularly bothered and want to remove it. For any of these men and women, a neck lift can provide increased confidence and self-esteem, and can allow them to project a greater sense of youth and vitality.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average surgeon’s fee for a neck lift is $4,102. This varies between surgeons and in different regions, so check with the surgeon you’re considering to find out the exact price. Additional costs, including the anesthesia, operating room fees, medications, and possibly additional items, may not be included in this fee. For more detail, please see our Neck Lift Costs page.