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Neck Lift Overview

There are a variety of factors that can have a negative impact on the appearance of the neck: weight loss, genetics and simply getting older can result in sagging skin, causing individuals to look much older than they actually are. Dr. Lapuerta performs neck lift surgery for patients throughout the Houston, Pearland, and Katy area who wish to achieve a tighter, more enhanced neck. Dr. Lapurta is an expert when it comes to the neck lift procedure, with over two decades of experience helping patients in Texas revitalize their youthful appearance.

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What is Neck Lift Surgery?

A neck lift is a surgical procedure that aims to tighten the muscles and skin surrounding the neck. This procedure also reduces the excess skin along the chin and jawline that creates jowls or the appearance of a double chin. It is a procedure that may be performed after weight loss surgery or to reduce the normal signs of aging.

Dr. Lapuerta typically divides this surgery into two procedures, platysmaplasty and cervicoplasty. Platysmaplasty is used to alter the neck muscles, while cervicoplasty is the removal of excess skin. Liposuction may also be used if existing fat pockets need to be removed to achieve the patient’s desired results.

Ideal Candidates for Neck Lift Surgery

Patients seeking a neck lift are often troubled by excess fat within their neck, jowls in the neck area, or too much loose skin.

Often, patients seeking a neck lift may be happy with the youthful appearance of their face, but are troubled by the neck area which can gives away signs of aging earlier. In these cases, a full facelift is not yet necessary, buta neck lift can help the lower portion of the neck match the younger looking face.

For weight loss patients, Dr. Lapuerta recommends that patients be at or near their goal weight before pursuing a neck lift. Patients need to be in good overall health and have realistic expectations regarding the results of the procedure. Patients should have an in-depth discussion with Dr. Lapuerta prior to surgery, allowing him to answer any and all questions they may have. Dr. Lapuerta is able to communicate with patients in a relatable, down to earth way that can clearly and effectively help the patient understand every step of the procedure and the neck lift recovery process.

Neck Lift Surgery Technique

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.

Neck Lift Surgery Procedure

A neck lift is considered an outpatient procedure, performed under general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility. Dr. Lapuerta will perform neck lift surgery at his accredited on-site operating room and surgical facility, giving patients convenient access to a cutting-edge surgery center. This surgery typically takes two hours to complete, but that will vary by surgical case.

What to Expect During Neck Lift Surgery

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. While discomfort following surgery should be manageable, if patients find that they are in a lot of pain, medication can be administered to make sure the patient is comfortable.

While the recovery process is quite short, it can take several months for the optimal results to appear and for the neck to look and feel natural. While patience is key, if you perceive any irregularities during neck lift recovery, contact a doctor as soon as possible.

Aftercare and Neck Lift Surgery Recovery

Most patients are able to return to work and have a full neck lift recovery within 7-10 days following the surgery. During this time, avoid any pressure or force against the neck. It’s advisable not to wear clothing that must be put over the head. Shirts with buttons or wrap-style tops/dresses are good alternatives that minimize disturbing the surgical site.

The surgeon may place a compression bandage around your neck to minimize swelling. They will provide instructions on how clean the incision site and handle any drains as well as any medications to apply topically or take orally to reduce the risk of infection. You will also be given an appointment for follow-up after the surgery. Keep the head elevated even when sleeping for the first few days to reduce the amount of swelling. Don’t apply ice to the incision area because it can reduce blood flow and cause skin death. Do check in with your doctor with any questions or concerns as you heal.

Expected Neck Lift Cost

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 neck lift cost will increase. In general, most patients can expect to pay between $4,000-$6,000 for a complete neck lift.

In order to get an accurate neck lift cost estimate, schedule a consultation with Dr. Lapuerta. Dr. Lapuerta will partner with the patient to make sure their aesthetic goals are met, examining the neck and medical history to help determine the best treatment moving forward. Once Dr. Lapuerta has clearly communicated his vision to the patient, he can then provide an accurate neck lift cost quote. To schedule a neck lift consultation, contact Dr. Lapuerta today.

Why Choose Dr. Leo Lapuerta?

Dr. Leo Lapuerta has over 20 years of experience in plastic surgery. He is triple-board-certified and has performed more than 20,000 various surgical procedures and cosmetic treatments. You can feel confident about scheduling a consultation with Dr. Lapuerta. He will answer your questions and conduct a physical exam to determine the best treatment options to achieve the results you desire.

Dr. Lapuerta is the Chief of Plastic Surgery at St. Joseph Hospital and has surgical procedures at several other hospitals in the area. His certification shows his dedication to continued learning and understanding of the newest techniques while maintaining patient safety.

Contact Us for a Consultation in Houston, TX Today

If you are ready for a neck lift or would like to learn more about how it can enhance your appearance,contact us today for a free consultation. Dr. Lapuerta will meet with you and help you determine if neck lift surgery is the right step for a younger looking you.


  • Recovery Time
  • 1-2 Weeks
  • Average Procedure Time
  • 2 Hours
  • Post-op Follow-up
  • 1 Week
  • Procedure Recovery Location
  • Outpatient


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.
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.
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