About Neck Lift Surgery
Are you wearing turtlenecks or scarves all the time to hide the loose flaps of skin on your neck? Fellowship-trained and board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Derek Lou offers neck lift surgery at his practice in Houston, TX to address the look of an aging neckline. This facial surgery recontours and reshapes the area beneath your chin and along the neck to remove the loose skin that creates a "turkey neck" or "double chin." By removing the loose skin and fat while introducing a tightening technique to create a smoother, natural neckline, this procedure at Lou Plastic Surgery can provide striking improvements to your profile. Before you contact us to schedule your consultation, read below to learn more about surgical neck lift and the amazing results it can produce.
"Dr. Lou was great! He completely put me at ease. I had something done that I thought would be more complicated. He explained the procedure and said it could be done in his office in a 30 minute time span. So easy! Now I regret waiting so long."- A. / Healthgrades / Jan 10, 2019
"Dr. Lou and Erica are simply amazing! Dr. Lou is not only a very talented surgeon he is a very patient, nice, and comforting Dr. Him and Erica never made me feel rushed or like I was asking too many questions and made me feel completely comfortable, I love them and am forever grateful to them for changing my life. Allie has been wonderful with post op treatments as well, could not ask for a better team than Lou Plastic Surgery!"- S.H. / Google / Oct 16, 2019
"Dr. Lou and his team are absolutely phenomenal and were God sent. I'd previously considered another surgeon for my procedure but didn't feel quite comfortable with him. So, I searched my insurance portal, and found Dr. Lou. I respect how he believes in knowing exactly what he's going into before a surgical procedure. Therefore, I was scheduled to have several CAT scans done before cutting into the unknown. He was very attentive during my healing process, and even came to my aid on Christmas day to check on me. His right hand person/office manager, Erica is more kind than I can express! She assured me that everything would go as planned, and ALWAYS greeted me with a smile....she even took out time to listen to me speak about my past moments of depression due to my displeasure with my body. What more can I say? Dr. Lou is an absolutely AMAZING and extremely CARING surgeon!! I'd choose this practice all over again if need be."- C.Y. / Google / Oct 12, 2019
"I saw Dr. Lou for a second opinion after an incident involving my thumb. There's a long story behind how the injury got so bad, but finding Dr. Lou was the best thing that ever happened to me. I only wish I had known him at the onset of this ordeal. The day before I met Dr. Lou, another doctor (at a clinic) was trying to convince me to go into emergency surgery to open my thumb up for what they said was infected very badly. Turns out, there was no infection at all, which was exactly what Dr. Lou confirmed before the results even came back. Dr. Lou is the best in my opinion. A doctor has to be able to listen (and there was a lot of background to give him), have compassion for the patient (which I was totally convinced he cared about me, what I was going through and my fears) and still provide the best solution for the problem. He had to clean up (cut) my thumb pretty good (and by good - it wasn't pretty, but I felt nothing b/c I was numb), but I immediately started the down road to recovery which no other doctor (I had seen 3 already) could get me to. It's because of Dr. Lou and his staff that I write this long review. I haven't experienced anything this traumatic in my adult life! Some people would say "it's just a thumb"...but you don't realize how much you need a thumb until it's almost gone! I'm almost 100% healed and Dr. Lou and his nurses have guided me every step of the way. They make you feel like family and you just don't get better than that these days! Thank you for everything Dr. Lou, Erika and Allie!"- K.M. / Google / Oct 11, 2019
"I wanted to write a review to thank Erika for helping me arranged my appointment with Dr. Lou to get some injections done. She helped me iron out some questions I had about the injectable products. I've been going to Dr. Lou for over a year now and his work is superior and he really provides excellent patient care. I definitely recommend Dr. Lou for all cosmetic needs whether it's small or large. Remember to ask for Erika when you call to book your appointment."- A.H. / Yelp / Oct 03, 2019
Patients contemplating neck lift treatment generally have visibly loose, hanging skin in the neck region. This loose skin deformity is generally caused by several factors, including major weight loss and aging. Whatever the reason may be, sagging neck skin creates an unflattering look, which can only be corrected with skin excision and a tightening technique. If you are at a healthy weight, but you feel challenged by loose skin and wrinkles along the neck, a neck lift may be a suitable answer.
During neck lift treatment, IV sedation or general anesthesia is used. The incision point is placed behind or in front of your ears while another one may be placed under your chin. If isolated areas of fat exist, neck liposuction would first be performed. Next, any loose skin will be removed and the underlying tissue and remaining skin will be pulled tight. This technique is conducted until the desired shape and contour has been achieved. Even though sutures are used, scars should not be seen since they reside beneath your chin. A nonsurgical fat reduction injection, such as Kybella, may be incorporated to complement the results. In addition, other nonsurgical options can help the surface, such as a chemical peel or laser skin resurfacing, to produce a younger-looking and glowing appearance.
What to Expect
After a neck lift treatment, there will likely be some bruising, swelling, and moderate discomfort, but these effects will fade after some healing time has passed. You should rest and avoid strenuous activity for 2 – 3 weeks to assist in the recovery. While recovering, button tops or loose-fitting clothing is ideal. You should notice visible results almost immediately. In addition, it has been said that the neck lift surgery can make one of the biggest impacts to an individual's profile, shaving years off their appearance.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a neck lift cost?
Costs for your neck lift surgery will be reviewed in your initial consultation with Dr. Lou. As soon as he has developed your unique surgical plan, he will be able to estimate prices for the anesthesia, facility, and more. To help make your neck surgery easier to afford, Lou Plastic Surgery takes several payments methods, plus, we can tell you more about how to get low-interest medical financing.
What about nonsurgical options?
Neck lift surgery is the best option to eliminate excess skin, particularly if it droops or hangs. Although there are nonsurgical skin tightening procedures that may give you mild improvements, neck lift surgery is the most effective solution to redefine and smooth your neckline. A new popular, minimally invasive treatment called Kybella targets fat in the submental area, which gives the appearance of a double chin; however, it doesn't correct excess skin.
Will I have visible scars?
A neck lift does require one incision under the chin, as well as two more close to the ears. These are made so the scars are very difficult for others to see. Dr. Lou tries very hard during neck lift surgery to minimize visible scarring. A team member will explain scar management instructions, which will encourage your incisions to heal flat and thin.
Can I combine a neck lift with other facial surgeries?
At your initial consultation, you can bring up that you are thinking about another surgery, like a facelift or chin augmentation, along with a neck lift. It's normal for two or more face surgeries to be done together to get your best results. If you are concerned about an undefined jawline or weak chin, tell Dr. Lou so he can develop a plan that meets all your goals.
Should I get a neck lift or liposuction?
Based on your concerns and goals, you might consider combining a neck lift with surgical liposuction. A lift plus lipo may be best if you are concerned about both loose skin and stubborn fat pockets in your neck. Dr. Lou can help you choose whether a neck lift, lipo, or a combination of both should be included in your surgical plan.
Finally, rid yourself of your turkey neck and get the youthful and soft neck you deserve. If you are embarrassed about folds and wrinkles on your neck, we invite you to contact Lou Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX to speak with a patient coordinator. Neck lift treatment by Dr. Lou has changed the lives of countless patients. We are thrilled to share this exciting cosmetic surgery with you.