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Neck Lift Surgery Procedure Steps

Neck Lift Surgery Procedure StepsNeck lift is a popular plastic surgery procedure that can correct sagging skin in the neck area and remove neck bands and folds to create a more sculpted neck. Neck lift procedure will involve a few key steps, which will be performed by a cosmetic surgeon. The steps may slightly vary depending on whether the procedure is combined with a facelift or performed independently.

At the time of pre-operative consultation, the surgeon will explain the steps to the patient. Once the patient is aware about what the procedure entails, they will typically feel more confident and make better decisions in consultation with the surgeon.

The terrific and state of the art Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery, led by board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton Sundin and Dr. Reps Sundin, provides neck lift surgery to patients in Richmond, Virginia, and other communities and suburbs in this area of the state.



Some amount of preparation will precede the neck lift surgery in order to ensure a safe and predictable procedure. If the patient is a smoker, they will be required to quit the habit for at least a specified time period. The schedule of any current medications such as blood thinners, NSAIDs and certain herbals and vitamins may have to be adjusted in consultation with the physician.

The surgeon will encourage the patient to follow a healthy diet and maintain a good exercise regimen prior to the surgery. They will advise the patient to arrange for transportation to return home after the plastic surgery and get aftercare if necessary. Working individuals should apply for leave for about a week well in advance.



The surgeon may perform neck lift with the patient under general anesthesia or local anesthesia and sedation. This will be decided at the time of surgical planning. General anesthesia will be administered by an anesthesiologist or a registered nurse anesthetist, who may remain present in the operating room throughout the surgery.

Once the procedure is over, the patient will be brought out of anesthesia, and moved to an observation area for a few hours of monitoring. Judicious and poignant cosmetic surgeons at VIPS receive patients from Richmond, Virginia, and other suburbs and towns in this section of the east coast for neck lift surgery.


Incision Placement

While neck lift is often performed using minor incisions, their precise location and size can vary according to the unique neck anatomy and cosmetic goals of the patient. The incisions will usually be created below the chin and behind the ears to keep them inconspicuous. Healing will be faster with small incisions and subsequent scarring will be minimal.

In many cases, neck lift procedure is combined with facelift surgery or liposuction to create more harmonious outcomes. The incision placement in such cases may slight vary, but the surgeon will aim to use the same incisions for the entire surgery.


Surgical Procedure

Excess skin and fat tissue from the neck will be removed through the incisions. In some cases, a small portion of the platysma muscle may also be removed through the same incisions to tighten slack neck muscles. Once the surgery is completed, the remaining skin will be re-draped smoothly over the neck. The surgeon will then carefully close the incisions with sutures or tape.

For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin please visit

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