Neck Lift



Neck Lift

Neck lift surgery (also referred to as lower rhytidectomy) is a cosmetic surgery procedure that eliminates loose skin, vertical bands, and excess fat from the neck region and jawline in order to create a rejuvenated, youthful appearance. Aging is an inevitable natural process that affects all of us, often leading to creasing and wrinkling of skin in the upper parts of the body especially on the face and neck. This tends to give a saggy appearance or turkey wattle feel that impacts negatively on one’s self-esteem. During neck lift surgery, plastic surgeons address this by tightening the neck muscle and skin to achieve a smooth wrinkle-free contour that buoys your confidence.

LA plastic surgeon Dr. Ruston Sanchez has helped numerous men and women from Baton Rouge and surrounding Louisiana areas of Lafayette, Hammond, and New Orleans achieve their goals and improve their confidence with neck lift surgery. Dr. Ruston works individually with each one of his patients to find a treatment plan that will produce the desired outcome.

Who is an ideal neck lift candidate?

Neck lift surgery is a restorative surgical procedure for tightens sagging neck resulting from reduced skin elasticity due to aging or weight loss, thus giving an attractive youthful appearance. This surgical treatment can be performed on individuals who are in good health and are looking to address the following concerns:

  • Excess fat on the neck
  • Excess loose skin on the neck
  • Excess fatty deposits underneath the chin
  • Muscle banding on the neck
During your initial neck lift consultation in Baton Rouge, the surgeon will listen to your concerns, ask questions, and let you know whether this treatment is for you. Dr. Ruston Sanchez is a committed professional who works diligently to create an individualized treatment plan to meet the needs and expectations of each patient. Dr. Ruston may ask you to stop smoking, avoid some medications, and arrange for recovery before undergoing this procedure.

Your neck lift consultation with Dr. Ruston Sanchez

Dr. Ruston will meet with you and discuss the goals of the procedure. The surgeon will ask questions to learn about your concerns and expectations. He will also assess your neck before crafting an individualized treatment plan to achieve your desired cosmetic outcome. Dr. Ruston provides his patients with the personal attention they need throughout the process as well as clearly explains the treatment modalities and recovery process.

Dr. Ruston Sanchez approaches neck lift surgery with the goal of improving the aesthetic appearance of the patient. This treatment is a highly individualized procedure whose scope can vary greatly from one patient to the other. The team at Dr. Ruston’s office is passionate about what they do and will go out of their way to ensure an excellent experience for each patient.

Surgical technique

Neck lift is an outpatient cosmetic treatment that is performed under general anesthesia. The surgeon will create small inconspicuous incisions either below the chin, in front of the earlobes, or behind the ears towards the back of the neck. Sagging skin is then removed (cervicoplasty) and loose muscles tightened (platysmaplasty). Excess fat is removed through liposuction. Once the desired smoothness is achieved, the incisions are closed using dissolvable sutures and the treatment area bandaged. Dr. Ruston employs his vast experience and modern surgical techniques to achieve the best possible outcome while minimizing the risk of scarring and other side effects.

Types of Neck Lift Surgery in Baton Rouge, LA

Depending on the needs of the patient, Dr. Ruston Sanchez may use any of the following surgical techniques:

Traditional full neck lift

The surgeon will make an incision under the chin, within natural creases of the neck and behind the ears. The platysma muscle is then tightened, excess fat removed, excess skin trimmed away, and tissues repositioned. Once the desired outcome of the patient is achieved the surgeon closes the incisions using dissolvable sutures and bandages it.

Limited incision neck lifts

The surgeon makes shorter incisions around the ear, the muscle is tightened and skin redraped to achieve the desired smoothness. This procedure produces limited results.

Liposuction neck lift

The surgeon makes small incisions under the chin and uses a thin hollow tube (cannula) to suction the excess displaced fat. This procedure is recommended for patients with good skin quality.

After neck lift surgery

The neck lift cosmetic treatment typically takes 3 hours to complete after which Dr. Ruston will closely monitor the patient before releasing them to go home. The neck area is bandaged and patients can expect some swelling and bruising (which dissipates after a few days), as well as skin tightness that may take several months to improve. You will be asked to keep the head elevated for 48 hours after surgery to minimize the swelling. In case of severe discomfort, prescription medication will be given. A postoperative appointment will be scheduled so that Dr. Ruston can assess your recovery progress. Most neck lift patients are able to go back to their normal schedules within 4weeks. Dr. Ruston will ask that you desist from any strenuous activities and exercise until you get a green light from him.


Meet Dr. Ruston Sanchez

Dr. Ruston takes each patient case as unique and works diligently to achieve the best procedure outcome with faster surgery time, smallest scar possible, and minimal risk of complications. Get in touch with Dr. Ruston’s office today to schedule a consultation visit for your neck lift procedure.

Plan your Lower Rhytidectomy in Baton Rouge

The cost of a neck lift procedure in Louisiana can vary greatly from one patient to the other. On average though, most of Dr. Ruston’s patients can expect to pay anywhere between $4,000 and $6,000 for this treatment. Dr. Ruston’s office will provide an initial cost estimate following your first appointment so you can arrange for financing. Keep in mind that neck lift surgery is completed in 3 hours and most patients can expect a full recovery within 3-4 weeks.

Dr. Ruston Sanchez performs neck lift surgery in accredited health facilities or his in-office operating room, supported by a full-time anesthesiologist and highly qualified support staff. Because this is an outpatient procedure, the surgeon will require that you have someone to drive you home and help out with chores over the first few days.

Average Cost

$4,000 – $6,000

Average Recovery Time

3 – 4 weeks

Average Procedure Time

Within 3 hours


Neck lift FAQs

How long can neck lift results last?
A neck lift is an excellent procedure that produces notable results immediately after surgery and can last for a long time. However, Dr. Ruston reminds the patient that the natural aging process will continue and more aging signs will be noticed gradually. You are advised to adopt a healthy lifestyle in order to maintain the outcome of this procedure for as long as possible.
Neck lift alone or part of face surgery?
As much as a neck lift is part of a full facelift surgery, it can still be done alone as a separate procedure. This depends on the patient’s desired aesthetic outcome after the procedure. Let Dr. Ruston know what you are looking for during your initial consultation so that he can create a proper treatment regime for you.
Any risks involved?
Complications like infections and problems with anesthesia can occur as with any other surgery. However, you should not have any fear of this when dealing with a certified and highly experienced surgeon. Dr. Ruston puts his vast knowledge and experience into action to provide each patient with an individualized treatment that brings out their desired natural outcome.

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