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Neck Lift Surgery in El Paso, TX

The neck is one of the first areas of the body to show visible signs of aging, such as skin laxity, wrinkles, and fat accumulation. Genetics, age, sun damage, and gravity also play a role in facial and neck aging. As the platysma muscle (which extends from the collarbone to the sides of the neck) thickens over time, it becomes cord-like and produces an undesirable banding, commonly referred to as a “turkey neck.” The loss of skin elasticity accentuates neckbands, resulting in a displeasing appearance of the neck.

Dr. Frank Agullo is double board-certified in plastic and general surgery and performs neck lift surgery for patients looking to restore their neck to a smoother, tighter, and more youthful aesthetic.

What Are the Benefits of a Neck Lift?

Men and women opt for neck lift surgery because they:

  • Feel that the condition of your neck gives you an unwanted older appearance
  • Experience noticeable sagging in the neck area
  • Struggle with stubborn neck fat that does not respond to diet or exercise
  • Desire a smoother neck and a more defined jawline

Neck lift surgery with Dr. Agullo can address all of these concerns, resulting in a more youthful and defined neck contour.

Am I a Candidate for a Neck Lift?

Candidates for neck lift surgery are men and women who:

  • Are in good overall health
  • Do not have any previous medical conditions that can impact their healing
  • Do not smoke
  • Have realistic expectations of your results

Are you a candidate for a neck lift? Call Dr. Agullo at (915) 590-7900 to set up a consultation.

What Is Discussed During My Neck Lift Consultation?

During your consultation, Dr. Agullo will:

  • Discuss your wishes and expectations for your results
  • Evaluate your neck contour to determine any combination procedures
  • Take measurements and photos
  • Explain how to prepare for your neck lift
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How Is a Neck Lift Performed?

Neck lift surgery is an outpatient procedure that typically does not require overnight observation.Before the operation begins, Dr. Agullo and his staff administer fluids and medication intravenously. Most patients opt for general anesthesia for their neck lift procedure, but some may be candidates for local anesthesia or sedation. The details of your unique surgery will be determined during your initial consultation.

Your neck lift will be performed using one of the following techniques:

Neck Lift

  • Two incisions are placed just behind or underneath the ears, through which excess skin is removed.
  • A third incision may be made underneath the chin.
  • The platysma muscle may be altered using this technique.
  • Fat can also be excised, if necessary.

Neck Liposuction

  • Liposuction is performed using a thin, hollow tube (cannula) and suction technology.
  • This technique can precisely remove localized fat from the lower face, neck, and chin.
  • Ideal candidates for this procedure have unwanted neck fat and good skin elasticity.

FaceTite® is usually performed in combination to tighten the skin with radiofrequency.

Mini Neck Lift

  • One small incision is placed under the chin.
  • The deep fat is removed, and the muscles are repaired.
  • Ideal candidates have noticeable neck fullness without excess skin or wrinkling.


  • Patients with skin laxity, visible bands, and pockets of fat in the neck area can benefit from combining skin excision and liposuction.
  • The platysma muscle and skin can be tightened in addition to eliminating fat.

Lower Facelift

  • Many patients start showing signs of facial aging (jowls and nasolabial folds) at the same time as they develop neck laxity.
  • Both the lower face and the neck are addressed with this procedure.
  • Incisions are made in front and behind the ears as well as below the chin.
  • Liposuction is performed if there is excess fat

How Should I Prepare for My Neck Lift?

Planning and preparation are essential for a quicker and smoother recovery. You can prepare for your surgery by:

  • Not eating or drinking after midnight the night before your scheduled procedure.
  • Preparing the necessary medical supplies and ice packs at your home.
  • Finding someone to drive you to and from the surgical facility.
  • Quitting smoking at least two weeks before surgery.
  • Not wearing any makeup, lotions, or creams on your face, chin, or neck on the day of your appointment.
  • Asking for enough time off from work to recover.

At Agullo Plastic Surgery, tailored care begins with a full consultation to discuss the goals and options available.

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What Can I Expect for My Neck Lift Recovery?

Dr. Agullo will apply a garment for your neck and face. These should be kept on for a few days. Some discomfort, bruising, swelling, and tenderness can be expected in the treated areas. Taking prescription medication and consuming a liquid diet for a couple of days can help alleviate postoperative discomfort.

Some patients choose to avoid social events until their neck heals, which can take a few weeks.

Is My Neck Lift Painful?

Neck lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia or sedation, allowing for a pain-free procedure. Some discomfort is expected during your initial recovery, which can be reduced with pain medication and cold compresses.

Patients should keep their heads elevated at all times to help reduce swelling, which will also help decrease discomfort.

Will My Neck Lift Leave Scars?

Traditional neck lift surgery does require incisions, which means there will be scars. All incisions are placed in discreet locations and should heal well.

When Will I See My Neck Lift Results?

While some patients see visible improvement in the appearance of the neck following their procedure, it often takes several weeks to achieve the full effect.

Patients can enjoy a slimmer, tighter neck and a more defined jawline after neck lift surgery. Results are intended to be permanent, but the neck is still subject to subsequent aging. Using proper sun protection and leading a healthy lifestyle can help slow the aging process and preserve the outcome of your neck lift procedure for many years.

What Does Neck Lift Surgery Cost?

Because every neck lift is personalized, each is priced differently depending on the patient’s cosmetic objectives, needs, and health. Our fee schedule gives cost estimates of basic surgical fees, but these prices may vary from case to case.

Generally speaking, cosmetic plastic surgery is considered “elective” and is not covered by most insurance plans. The prices listed on our fee schedule represent the minimum cost of the procedures, including anesthesia and surgical facility fees, medical tests, garments, and recovery products. The cost of prescription medications, however, is not included. All fees must be paid in full prior to the scheduled treatment.


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* Results may vary

What Are Some Frequently Asked Questions About Neck Lift Surgery?

What are the risks associated with neck lift surgery?

It is rare for patients to encounter significant complications following neck lift surgery. Most risks can be minimized by selecting a board-certified plastic surgeon and following the recommended aftercare instructions. As with all surgeries, the potential side effects associated with neck lift surgery include:

  • Numbness in the face or neck
  • Blood clots
  • Infection
  • Intense itching
  • Excessive bleeding/hematoma
  • Unfavorable scars
  • Skin irregularities or discoloration
  • Need for revisional surgery
Can I combine my neck lift with other procedures?

Neck lift surgery is often performed along with other facial rejuvenation techniques to achieve the best results. Qualifying candidates may combine their neck lift procedure with one or more of the following:

Does a neck lift reduce jowls?

While neck lift surgery can help define the chin and jawline area, patients with significant jowls often benefit from a lower facelift. This procedure allows the middle and lower face to be treated at the same time as the neck, which helps ensure harmony and balance between the features.

Is There a Scarless Neck Lift?

Patients who desire scarless facial rejuvenation may be excellent candidates for a FaceTite™ procedure that utilizes EmbraceRF technology. This treatment involves three small needle placements, through which a cannula is inserted to heat and contract the skin.

Interested in a Neck Lift?

If you want to learn more about Dr. Agullo’s neck lift, contact his office by calling (915) 590-7900. Dr. Agullo offers neck lift surgery for patients in El Paso, Texas, and the greater El Paso area.

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