Neck Lift

The delicate skin of the neck can be a source of stress for many people as they age. Years of sun exposure and the natural process of aging can leave this vulnerable area with a loose, “crepey” texture, wrinkles, and localized pockets of fat. Neck lift surgery by our Austin plastic surgeons smoothes and improves the neck for a youthful-looking profile that still looks very natural.

Are you ready to find out more about getting a neck lift? Request a consultation online with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons or call our office in Austin or Round Rock at  (512) 244-1439. We serve patients from neighboring Texas communities including Cedar Park, Killeen, Leander, and Pflugerville.

Neck Lift (Cervicoplasty)
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Case #74

This 63-year-old female was interested in facial rejuvenation. She was unhappy with the deep wrinkles and lines on her face, and wanted a facelift and neck lift to give her a natural and refreshed appearance. Her face and neck skin was making her appear much older than she was. Like many women in the Austin and Georgetown, Texas areas she wanted... Read More

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Benefits

If you’re considering a neck lift, you may have already noticed that different parts of your face age at different rates. For most people in their 40s, 50s and up, sagging and wrinkles in the lower face and neck are some of the first — and most obvious — signs of age. A neck lift can alleviate the following concerns:

  • Excessive loose and sagging skin
  • Vertical banding sometimes called a “turkey wattle”
  • Fat deposits that contribute to bulges

Our plastic surgeons understand that achieving a result that looks natural is of utmost importance to all patients. In order to achieve a more comprehensive improvement, our doctors often perform neck lift surgery in conjunction with a facelift or brow and eyelid surgery. Non-surgical options such as BOTOX® Cosmetic injections also partner well. The addition of these procedures to a neck lift can lead to a lasting allover improvement. During your consultation, your doctor takes the time to explain your options to you, helping you choose the course of action that fits you best.

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What to Expect

Neck lift surgery is generally an outpatient procedure, and your doctor gives you a detailed timeline prior to you procedure.

Once you are anesthetized, your doctor typically makes a few small incisions beneath your chin or behind your ears. Once healed, these incisions are very discreet. He surgically tightens loose muscles and may remove excess fat. He also trims away excessive skin for a smoother contour. There are several different surgical approaches your doctor can take that are dependent on the specific concerns you’d like to address, and he’ll give you a better idea about what’s appropriate for you before your surgery.

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Recovery & Results

You will likely return home the day of your neck lift surgery, unless it is combined with other procedures and you choose an overnight stay. Be sure to arrange for a trusted friend or family member to drive you home and stay with you for the first 24 hours.

It is normal to have swelling, bruising, and moderate discomfort after surgery. It is important to keep your head upright at all times for several days. This minimizes swelling and allows the incisions to heal well.

It is normal to experience some tightness around the jaw, chin, and neck as an initial side effect that may be heightened because of swelling. These symptoms usually fade within a few weeks of surgery with proper rest and care.

Most neck lift patients are ready to return to work and other daily activities within 10 to 14 days, although working out and other strenuous activities should be postponed for at least 4 weeks. Patients enjoy a smoother, firmer neckline for years after surgery.

A Reputation Built on Results

You deserve the highest caliber of service, care, and results, and at Synergy Plastic Surgery, we're committed to providing all that and more. But don't take our word for it—see for yourself what our actual patients have to say about their experiences with us.

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5.0/5
Jul 28, 2020
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I cannot say enough about the Team at Synergy Plastic Surgery! From the 1st phone calls and emails with Vlasta, to the virtual consultation with Dr. Kerr, my actual surgery, and the after care, everyone and everything was A+++! I had 6 other consults with surgeons in Houston Tx where I had my first augmentation and none of them even came close to the customer service and care Synergy provided. I went in for an implant exchange. I was so scared! It wasn't exciting for me like it was the 1st time in my early 20s lol!! But rest assured, the Synergy team did everything to make me feel SO comfortable! My pre op nurse, Tiffany was THE BEST! She administered the IV needle which was my biggest fear. Normally I would've cried and begged for the person to stop. I didn't even feel a thing! Carol administered the anesthesia and once again...I didn't feel a thing! Dr. Kerr gave me exactly what I asked for and I'm so thankful. I didn't even have a single bruise. If you're looking for the best pros in the business to give you gorgeous results AND quality customer care, Synergy is the place! Thank yall!
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5.0/5
Jul 17, 2020
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I’m over a month post-op and loving my results! My breast augmentation has given me so much more confidence and I highly recommend Dr. Kerr. Everyone at Synergy is so sweet and helpful. Such a great experience!
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5.0/5
Jun 2, 2020
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10 out of 10 recommend. Vlasta my coordinator was great with keeping in touch with me and rescheduling me throughout the crazy COVID19 ordeal. Dr.Kerr and the entire team were great. Surgery day went smoothly and my results are coming along nicely. 👌
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5.0/5
Apr 17, 2020
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Dr Kerr did my breast reduction and lift. I couldn’t be happier!!! He already knew exactly what my problem was and was right on point re: size I wanted to be. His whole team from office to surgical are amazing! I’ve never felt so comfortable and happy during any other surgical procedure that I’ve had. It’s truly changed the quality of my life! THANK YOU ALL 🙏💕
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5.0/5
Mar 26, 2020
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Dr. Kerr and his team are AMAZING. I had a breast augmentation and lipo in early March. I am so glad out of the three surgeons I met with, I decided to go with Dr Kerr. Vlasta, Ashley and the staff are welcoming, friendly, and so caring. My surgery day went flawlessly and I couldn’t be happier with my results (and I’m not even a full month out)!!! Don’t think twice, choose Synergy.
Google
5.0/5
Mar 4, 2020
Google Synergy Plastic Surgery
I went in for a consultation with Dr.Blagg I was afraid it was going to be totally awkward but it wasn’t at all . He was very informative and kind . I felt comfortable from the start. I definitely recommend him.
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5.0/5
Jan 23, 2020
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Dr. Blagg is such a wonderful and down to earth Dr! His work is phenomenal! I highly recommend him! 😊
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5.0/5
Jan 7, 2020
Google Synergy Plastic Surgery
This place is amazing. I’ve been coming to them for nearly 2 years now. Customer service and booking is outstanding, location is clean and light. Each and every single staff member really knows their stuff which is refreshing and helpful. I came to Mara without any experience in the filler/Botox world, and now I will never let anyone come near my face unless it is her. I always get compliments on the work I’ve had done, and it only confirms my own opinion- that Mara does amazing work & so does everyone else there. I’ve recommended others to this location & will continue to be a regular myself.
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5.0/5
Dec 30, 2019
Google Synergy Plastic Surgery
Mara at Synergy did my Botox. I’ve previously gotten Botox from three other providers. Relative to those providers, Mara took more time to listen to me, examine my face, and explain my treatment options. She also took the time to mark her proposed injection sites on my face (something none of the other providers did). The extra attention made me feel comfortable in the office and now that it’s been about 10 days and I can see the results I couldn’t be happier. The results are dramatic but at the same time subtle leaving me with a very natural, youthful look. Thanks, Mara!
Google
5.0/5
Nov 11, 2019
Google Synergy Plastic Surgery
My experiences with Dr. Blagg and all of staff at Synergy have been excellent! Janis, the patient coordinator, made me feel comfortable from the start and I am extremely pleased with the results of my rhinoplasty. Dr. Blagg did such an amazing job! He really listened to me and understood my needs/wants. His bedside manner is great. The procedure itself is not painful at all and it took about 2.5 hours. There are minor discomforts like dry mouth and feeling congested but I had zero pain from it. I did bruise, as was expected, though it went away about 10 days after my surgery. I would say that the majority of the swelling went down between 3-6 months post-op and it just got better and better everyday. I would highly recommend Dr. Blagg for rhinoplasty and if I ever want anything else done I will go to him again. He gave me a nose that balances my face, I still look like me just with a better nose! I don’t think anyone at work or even close relatives notice it because the change was subtle but so good. As a result, I feel so much more confident in myself. I am so glad that I did it with Dr. Blagg and his team. During my post-ops I also started to see Nurse Ashley Kerr at the MedSpa for Botox and facial procedures like SkinPen and Vi-Peels. She is very knowledgeable and qualified. She is constantly training and learning new techniques and procedures so I feel confident that I am getting treatments from a highly experienced professional. She is also very kind and sweet. Everyone that I have interacted with at the clinic has been so nice from Amy at the front desk to Monica over the phone to Nurse Felicia snapping before/after pics. This place is amazing!!! They are the best in Austin, TX.
Google
5.0/5
Oct 1, 2019
Google Synergy Plastic Surgery
He was very thorough and made me feel comfortable. Staff very friendly and helpful. Love my results. thank you
Facebook
5.0/5
Sep 24, 2019
Facebook Synergy Plastic Surgery
Dr. Blagg was the best! From the first time I met with him for my consultation I knew I was in good hands! He answered all my questions and put all my concerns to rest. I am so happy with my mommy makeover! Every step I felt taken care of by Dr. Blagg and his staff. Special thanks to Janet and Felicia for always making me feel amazing! I love Synergy!!
Google
5.0/5
Sep 23, 2019
Google Synergy Plastic Surgery
Dr. Kerr is great. Took time to answer questions and never rushed me out. Also, you meet with him for your consultation. Not a nurse or office person.... that’s what sold me. Not too mention all the other great reviews. My whole overall experience was great. Dr Kerr even called after my surgery to check on me! If I had to do it again, I’d use dr. Kerr again no doubt about it.
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5.0/5
Sep 18, 2019
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Dr.blagg is an awesome dr did a great job on my tummy tuck very friendly staff!
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5.0/5
Sep 5, 2019
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I dealt with Dr Crawford, which she was very knowledgeable, confident, dedicated to her work, and VERY professional. No matter who I brought with me, she never ignored the other person, she spoke to whoever was there with me as well. Staff. 5 stars ⭐️. They are caring and all professional. I happy with my results and I would recommend Synergy over anything in the round rock/ Austin area.
Google
5.0/5
Sep 1, 2019
Google Synergy Plastic Surgery
After consulting with several surgeons in the area I decided to book a consultation with Dr. Kerr. I had a wonderful experience from the moment I scheduled my consultation until my last surgery follow up. The receptionists are pleasant and make scheduling work for you. The office is in a quaint area, clean, well decorated, and easy to find. Dr. Kerr quickly called me back to his office where he spent well over 20-30 minutes just talking over my procedures, going over my different options, surgery process, recovery time, and really took time to answer any and all questions I had. We then went into a separate room where I was greeted by Ms. Vlasta. After I changed into a robe, Dr. Kerr and Vlasta guided me through deciding on the perfect size which fit both my body type and my idea of how I wanted to look. I ended my consultation with Vlasta in her office discussing pricing and payment options. I left the office feeling confident I had found my team. I booked my surgery shortly after. During the time between my consultation and surgery date I got a little anxious and worried about sizing and how it would look on my body. Several times I called Ms. Vlasta in a panic and she so kindly talked me through it and calmed my fears. Vlasta invited me back in to try on sizers again just so I could make sure I was getting what I wanted. Approximately a week before my surgery date I was scheduled for my pre-op consultation. Being a nurse myself and living so far from the office I was offered a phone pre-op appointment. I received a call from the nurse and was given all my pre and post-op instructions and a time to arrive at the surgery suite. The morning of my surgery my husband and I arrived at 0630 for a surgery time of 0700. The nurses greeted us right away and prepped me for surgery. Dr. Kerr came in visited with me and my husband, made his measurements, and asked if we had any questions. Once Dr. Kerr was complete the nurses took me into the operating room, helped me onto the operating table, and the Nurse Anesthetist explained the sedation and analgesic components to me and off to sleep I went. Zzzzz. Less than an hour later I woke up in recovery. I was a bit emotional because I finally had something I’ve waited more than 10 years for. My sweet nurse helped calm me down and got my husband from the waiting room. I ended up vomiting from the combination of all the medication and having an empty stomach but my nurse quickly gave me medicine to stop the vomiting. Once I was feeling better my nurse wheeled me out to my husband who had retrieved the car. The nurse helped me into the car and buckled my seatbelt for me. I don’t remember too much of the rest of that day because I was groggy from anesthesia and the pain meds. I had no pain and no issues the first night. The next day I was scheduled for my post-op visit and was seen by Dr. Blagg as Dr. Kerr was in surgery that day. I was pleased with my visit and was given care instructions and limitations until my next appointment. Still zero pain just some tightness in my chest. I’ve had 2 more follow up appointments and was just released until I’m ready to schedule my tummy tuck. It’s been four months this since my surgery and my breast are pure perfection, everything I wanted, and look look natural. I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Kerr, Vlasta, and all the employees at Synergy Plastic Surgery. I have recommended Dr. Kerr to several close friends who fell in love with everyone just like I did. 10/10. You will not be disappointed when you put your trust in Dr. Kerr for your personal procedures.
Facebook
5.0/5
Sep 1, 2019
Facebook Synergy Plastic Surgery
After consulting with several surgeons in the area I decided to book a consultation with Dr. Kerr. I had a wonderful experience from the moment I scheduled my consultation until my last survey follow up. The receptionist are pleasant and make scheduling work for you. The office is in a quaint area, clean, well decorated, and easy to find. Dr. Kerr quickly called me back to his office where he spent well over 20-30 minutes just talking over my procedures, going over my different options, surgery process, recovery time, and really took time to answer any and all questions I had. We then went into a separate room where I was greeted by Ms. Vlasta. After changing into a robe Dr. Kerr and Vlasta guided me through deciding on the perfect size which fit both my body type and my idea of how I wanted to look. I ended my consultation with Vlasta in her office discussing pricing and payment options. I left the office feeling confident I had found my team. I booked my surgery shortly after. During the time between my consultation and surgery date I got a little anxious and worried about sizing and how it would look on my body. Several times I called Ms. Vlasta in a panic and she so kindly talked me through it and calmed my fears. Vlasta invited me back in to try on sizers again just so I could make sure I was getting what I wanted. Approximately a week before my surgery date I was scheduled for my pre-op consultation. Being a nurse myself and living so far from the office I offered a phone pre-op appointment. I received a call from the nurse and was given all my pre and post-op instructions and a time to arrive at the surgery suite. The morning of my surgery my husband and I arrived at 0630 for a surgery time of 0700. The nurses greeted us right away and prepped me for surgery. Dr. Kerr came in visited with myself and my husband, make his measurements, and asked if we had any questions. Once Dr. Kerr was complete the nurses took me into the operating room, helped me onto the operating table, the Nurse Anesthetist explained the sedation and analgesic components to me and off to sleep I went. Zzzzz. I woke up in recovery emotional because I was finally had something I’ve waited more than 10 years for. My sweet nurse helped calm me down and got my husband from the waiting room. I ended up vomiting from the all the medication and having an empty stomach but my nurse quickly gave me medicine to stop the vomiting. Once I was feeling better my nurse wheeled me out to my husband who had retrieved the car. The nurse helped me into the car and buckled my seatbelt for me. I don’t remember too much of the rest of that day because you’re groggy from anesthesia and the pain meds. I had no pain and no issues the first night. The next day I was scheduled for my post-op visit and was seen by Dr. Blagg as Dr. Kerr was in surgery that day. I was pleased with my visit and was given care instructions and limitations until my next appointment. I’ve had 2 more follow up appointments and was just released until I’m ready to schedule my tummy tuck. I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Kerr, Vlasta, and all the employees at Synergy Plastic Surgery. I have recommended Dr. Kerr to several close friends who fell in love with everyone just like I did. 10/10. You will not be disappointed when you put your trust in Dr. Kerr for your personal procedures.
Google
5.0/5
Jul 29, 2019
Google Synergy Plastic Surgery
Incredible office, had a fantastic experience and I would highly recommend them. Dr. Kerr settled my nerves and my results are beautiful!
Google
5.0/5
Jul 29, 2019
Google Synergy Plastic Surgery
The entire process was amazing. From my very first visit, Vlasta was so friendly and welcoming and so helpful! All of the staff was wonderful and Dr. Kerr is the absolute BEST! I've already personally referred friends there and will continue to sing their praises!
Google
5.0/5
Jul 8, 2019
Google Synergy Plastic Surgery
I had an excellent experience! Dr. Kerr was so kind and knowledgeable, and his staff is super friendly! I love my new look and would highly recommend!

Common Questions

What is the difference between a neck lift and neck liposuction?

Neck lift surgery is a comprehensive procedure that treats loose skin, sagging muscles, and other signs of physical aging. During neck lift surgery, your doctor cuts away excess skin to give your neck an attractive, smooth contour. Thus, the procedure is appropriate for people who have significant neck aging. On the other hand, neck liposuction specifically removes excess fat from the neck and under the chin. It’s appropriate for people who have skin with a good amount of elasticity and are bothered by very specific fat deposits. In some cases, our doctors incorporate liposuction into neck lift surgery, but it’s important to remember that they are 2 different types of surgery.

How long does neck lift surgery take?

When performed on its own, neck lift surgery usually lasts about 1 hour to 90 minutes. However, when it’s added to another procedure, the surgery itself will be longer. Your doctor gives you a specific timeline during your pre-op appointments.

How long will my results last?

Unfortunately, no type of plastic surgery can completely stop the clock on aging. However, a neck lift can delay the process and keep you looking younger than your peers for many years. In general, neck lift patients say that their results look great for 10 to 15 years. To prolong your results, be sure you practice good sun protection habits, refrain from smoking, and use quality skincare products at home.