Ear, Nose and Throat (Otolaryngology) – Head and Neck Surgery

Neck Lift

The laxity and sagging that develops as we age often manifests as loose skin and muscle in the neck, sometimes referred to as a “turkey waddle.” For many patients seeking facial rejuvenation the “turkey waddle,” neck skin laxity and muscle banding, coupled with deep neck lines are a top priority. At Mount Sinai, our facial plastic surgeons achieve optimal results in neck lifting, both in terms of surgical outcome and patient satisfaction, through our knowledge of the aging process of the neck and the application of the latest surgical techniques. The goal is to ensure a long lasting, natural-looking, and rejuvenated appearance. Adjunctive procedures may be employed in addition to Neck Lift surgery in order to achieve an optimal outcome including face lifting, brow lifting, mid face lifting, and chin and cheek augmentation.

At Mount Sinai, neck lift surgery is usually done on an outpatient basis at our private, Ambulatory Surgery Center. Neck lifting can be performed under local anesthesia, general anesthesia or a combination of local anesthesia and sedation. Prior to surgery, patients are given instructions regarding medications and how to prepare for their recovery. After surgery, patients are usually given a short course of antibiotics and mild pain medication as some mild discomfort may persist for the first few days. Patients should expect to return to work or social activities within one to two weeks after surgery. We do ask that patients avoid strenuous activities for two weeks after surgery.

While cost is always a concern, insurance does not generally cover surgery or treatment that is done purely for cosmetic reasons. We provide patients with expected costs prior to any intervention.