Houston & Pearland, TX

Neck Lift

Introduction to Neck Lift

Age, sudden weight loss and gain, and the trials of the environment can be harsh agents on our skin’s appearance. With time, our skin loses its elasticity and starts to sag. One of the most obvious signs is on our face, neck, and jawline. A neck lift may be perfect if excess skin tends to sag or hang loosely around your neck and beneath your jaw. At Premier Plastic Surgery, Dr. Christopher Hankins performs neck lift procedures for men and women in Houston, Pearland, Lake Jackson, and the neighboring areas of South Houston.


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What is a Neck Lift?

Have you heard the term “turkey neck?” This unflattering terminology is how many people describe the sagging and loose skin under the jawline and neck. This so-called “turkey waddle” can be eliminated with a surgical procedure called platysmaplasty (a neck lift procedure).

At Premier Plastic Surgery in Pearland, Texas, Dr. Christopher Hankins performs neck lift procedures to expertly remove excess sagging skin and tighten the skin to restore the natural contour of your neckline. This procedure is a component of a facelift or rhytidectomy.

Dr. Hankins’ many years of education, experience, and training provide his patients masterful and artistic results. Dr. Hankins explains that, during the aging process, there is a dehiscence of the platysma from the deep cervical fascia. The result is the formation of platysmal bands (the two folds of skin that go vertically from the chin down the front of the neck) and redundancy of this thin muscular layer.

The submental area (beneath the chin) is a frequent excess fatty tissue accumulation site. If excess fat is present, it is removed by a combination of liposuction and direct excision, exposing the underlying platysmal layer.

The two leaves of the platysma are then approximated in the midline to restore the contour of the neck. A facelift may initially correct the appearance of platysmal bands, but the excess sagging skin can reoccur if the platysma itself is not repaired.  If the chin is retrusive or doesn’t adequately protrude forward to give an excellent balance to the lower face, a chin implant can be placed to enhance the result further.

What are the Benefits of a Neck Lift?

The most common reasons men and women consider a neck lift in Houston are for the following benefits:

  • Eliminate jowls, double chin, and turkey neck
  • Remove excess skin and fat
  • Restore a more natural and youthful contour to the face and neck
  • Tighten the face and neck skin

Who are the Best Candidates for the Neck Lift Procedure?

The best candidates for a Neck Lift in Houston will have some of the following characteristics:

  • Appearance of neckbands
  • Are at a stable weight
  • Excess fat deposits
  • Have realistic expectations
  • No underlying medical conditions
  • Non-smokers
  • Sagging jowls
  • Wrinkles and fine lines
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Neck Lift First Step

What’s the
first step?

The first step in considering a neck lift in Pearland and the surrounding Houston area is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Christopher Hankins at Premier Plastic Surgery. During this initial appointment, he will discuss your medical history, aesthetic goals, and expectations and evaluate your neck to determine whether you are suitable for a neck lift.

 Dr. Hankins will design a customized treatment plan for you, which you can take to our patient coordinator. The coordinator will guide you through the necessary pre-operative preparations and provide detailed instructions to ensure a smooth and successful experience.

What to Expect on the Day of Neck Lift Surgery

Dr. Hankins and his friendly team will welcome you to our practice on your Neck Lift surgery day. Given how sensitive the neck area can be, we are determined to ensure the procedure will be comfortable and efficient. This is why we will review your treatment plan again before beginning to ensure you have no outlying questions and concerns. Finally, an anesthetist will administer anesthesia to ensure that the procedure is pain-free for you.

Once you are under anesthesia, Dr. Hankins will make discreet incisions in strategic locations as per your discussion during the consultation. These are usually around and behind the ears, possibly under the chin, to access the underlying neck tissues. They will then carefully reposition and tighten the platysma muscle, remove excess skin, and sculpt the neck contour to achieve the desired outcome.

 Ultimately, he will close the incisions using sutures or other appropriate techniques. Finally, he will apply a compression bandage.

Neck Lift Recovery

After the surgery, Dr. Hankins will monitor you in a recovery room until the sedation wears off. You are recommended to have a family member or a friend drive you home. 

During the initial days after the procedure, it is recommended that you rest and avoid strenuous activities. You may need to wear a compression garment to support the neck. It is essential to follow all instructions about wound and scar care as given.

Neck Lift Cost

How much does a Neck Lift cost in Houston, TX?

The cost of a neck lift in Pearland and Houston can vary depending on several factors, including the incision techniques used, the complexity of the procedure, and the surgeon’s fees. It is best to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hankins to discuss your specific goals and receive personalized quotes from our Patient Coordinator for the procedure.

Why Choose Dr. Hankins?

Dr. Christopher Hankins should be your choice for your neck lift in Pearland and the surrounding Houston area. He believes in offering patients only treatments that are in their best interests. His commitment to his patients is to always carefully evaluate the patient, not just the plastic or aesthetic surgery issue under consideration. Dr. Christopher Hankins specializes in face, breast, and body aesthetic surgery. He also has advanced training in hand surgery, breast reconstruction after cancer, and other reconstructive surgical procedures. Dr. Hankins completed five plastic surgery fellowships with highly distinguished physician mentors in the United States and the United Kingdom, including a Plastic and Microsurgery fellowship at the Baylor College of Medicine and a Hand Surgery fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Hankins earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He completed his General Surgery training prerequisite for Plastic Surgery as established by the Residency Review Committee in Plastic Surgery and Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. 

In addition to his practice in plastic and aesthetic surgery, Dr. Hankins is actively involved in the study and clinical application of anti-aging medicine. He is a Diplomate of the American Association of Anti-Aging Medicine and a member of the American Board of Pathology (ABP), American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS), American Association of Anti-Aging Medicine (AAAAM), and the Texas Medical Association (TMA).

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Neck Lift FAQ’S

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If you’re dealing with loose, excess skin in the neck region, we can help. Contact us today or come by the office and set up a free personal consultation to find out if a neck lift is the best option for you. If you live in Houston, Pearland, Lake Jackson, or any surrounding communities of South Houston, Premier Plastic Surgery is here to serve all your aesthetic needs.

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