The choice of a neck lift plastic surgeon is a vital decision that will have an impact on the patient’s life for a long time, if not their entire lifetime.

This procedure can help create a desirable neck appearance for patients who are unhappy with the appearance of their sagging neck area.

But in the hands of a less trained or inexperienced surgeon, a patient may experience undesirable results. This may lead to disappointment for the patient as well as involve extra costs and time spent on revision surgery. These possibilities make it important for the patient to select an experienced and well-trained neck lift plastic surgeon.

The Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery, led by board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton M. Sundin and Dr. Reps B. Sundin, provides neck lift to patients in Richmond, Fredericksburg, Tysons Corner, Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and surrounding communities.


Selecting an ABPS Board Certified Surgeon

It is advisable for patients to choose plastic surgeons who are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). ABPS certified surgeons would have received a minimum number of years of training in plastic surgery following medical school education.

Additionally, ABPS board certified surgeons are required to have a minimum of two years of plastic surgery residency training before they may be eligible to receive this globally recognized certification.


Comfort Level and Personal Rapport

The patient should pay close attention to how the surgeon and their staff make them feel. Any plastic surgery procedure has some inherent risks associated with it, and these may create impediments in the patient’s path towards achieving their desired neck appearance. Therefore, a patient should choose a surgeon who makes them feel comfortable.

The patient should consider the following:

How do I feel when interacting with this neck lift surgeon? Do I trust this plastic surgeon to recommend safe and appropriate procedures to me? Do I feel at ease asking the surgeon questions and expressing concerns during the neck lift surgery process? Will I be comfortable revealing my medical history and lifestyle habits to this neck surgeon?


Questions to Ask During the Consultation

The patient should enlist questions on the following aspects beforehand, and take this list to their consultation with the neck surgeon.

Details on the credentials and background of the plastic surgeon. Information on the surgical venue (the surgery should ideally take place a hospital, an accredited private surgery suite, or surgical center). Emergency protocols. The experience of the surgeon in performing facial and neck procedures. Neck lift surgery risks. Alternatives to the neck lift. Before and after photos of past patients and testimonials.

The patient should reconsider their choice of neck lift surgeon if they sense that the surgeon is not transparent and forthcoming.


Focus on Customization and Innovation

Each person has a unique neck and face anatomy. The patient usually achieves the best results from a neck lift surgery when the plastic surgeon in

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