Neck Lift Questions and Answers Archive

Oct
2001

Q&A: What is involved to tighten my neck area?

Question:

would like to tighten my neck, its a little saggy...what does it entail...thanks

- Gary

Answer:

 Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Dear Gary, If the excess is mainly skin, what is entailed is a neck lift with essentially the same incisions and down time (about 2 weeks) as a facelift. Often the muscles of the neck also need to be addressed and this is done through a small incision under the chin. Liposuction and "week end" facelifts will not help with the skin excess.

-- Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Honolulu, Hawaii



Sep
2001

Q&A: How do I get rid of a double chin? Cost? Timing? Risks?

Question:

I was wondering, how to get rid of my double chin? How long do they put you out for surgery? What are the risks? And how much does it cost? How long does it last. Can you exercise your chin and get the same results?

- Susan

Answer 1:

Jonathan Ross Berman, MD - LocateADoc.com

It depends on what is composing the double chin----fat, skin, muscle. Usually the best results are achieved with operations that attack what ever is causing the excess. Sometimes just liposuction will work. Sometimes liposuction with muscle tightening. Sometimes a neck lift, sometimes a face lift. It is a good idea to seek out a qualified plastic surgeon and let him/her examine you. No exercise will reduce the redundancy.

--Jonathan Ross Berman, MD
Boca Raton, Florida

Answer 2:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Dear Susan, The treatment depends upon what the problem is and the condition of your skin. If there is a lot of skin excess, a neck lift is necessary which is an operation which takes at least 3 hours and for which the recouperation is about two weeks. If liposuction is required, the operation may just take an hour and the recovery period is much less. Sometimes, an abbreviated combination of both procedures can be the best choice. Exercise will not help.

--Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Honolulu, Hawaii



Mar
2001

Q&A: Is an anesthesiologist required for a face lift?

Question:

I am considering a lower face lift. The doctor I've seen does only twilight sleep for this. I feel that I need an anesthesiologist in the room. Can you give me your opinon?

- sandy

Answer:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Dear Sandy, I am not certain if the lower facelift is actually a neck lift or the depth to which the procedure needs to be done to correct your problem. I always use an anesthesiologist for any facelift type of procedure but it does make the cost somewhat higher for my patients. I think that for safety and comfort, this is warranted. I would suggest that you address this matter with your surgeon who should be willing to have an anesthesiologist present if he/she works in an accredited facility. Hope this helps.

--Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Honolulu, Hawaii