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Please note online appointments can only be booked for our Wayne office at this time. Please call 267.627.6463 to schedule appointments with Dr. Ho in Center City (Philadelphia).

For consultations or treatment visits booked online, a consultation or deposit fee of $150 will be charged at the time of scheduling.

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Neck Lift

Conveniently located to serve Philadelphia, Wayne, and the entire Main Line.

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When aging signs affect the neck, Dr. Tina Ho can perform a neck lift in Philadelphia. Dr. Ho tailors neck lift surgery to each patient. As a result, she is able to give every patient a more youthful neckline.

What Is a Neck Lift?

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A neck lift rejuvenates the neck. Surgeons perform it on its own or with a facelift. A facelift addresses the midface and jawline.

The ideal chin neck angle (cervicomental angle) in a younger person is 105-120 degrees. With aging, gravity makes neck skin sag. This increases the chin-neck angle. Other age signs are harsh platysmal muscle banding and excess fat below the chin (submental adiposis).

Dr. Ho is highly experienced in neck lift surgery. Using this knowledge, she tailors her surgical approach to each patient’s anatomy and goals.

Dr. Ho’s Approach
to Neck Lift

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As a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Ho specializes in cosmetic procedures of the face. She has extensive experience in aging face procedures like neck lift surgery. Dr. Ho trained in one of the country’s top facial plastic and reconstructive surgery fellowship programs.

She is known for her deep plane technique. Dr. Ho brings in patients from all over Philadelphia and Wayne. She also brings in patients from greater parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York.

During a consultation, Dr. Ho devotes time and effort to making the best surgical plan. Additionally, she sets realistic goals and expectations.

Dr. Ho uses a deep plane neck lift technique that resuspends the skin, deeper tissues like the SMAS (superficial musculoaponeurotic system) layer, and platysma muscle. Because of this, results look dramatic, natural, and youthful. She also often performs submental liposuction, neck sculpting, and laser skin resurfacing. Consequently, results are optimal.

Dr. Ho makes incisions in the hairline for minimal scarring. These incisions start at the earlobe and occur along natural creases. Moreover, Dr. Ho often performs facelifts with neck lifts to further enhance results. Through these techniques, she creates a rejuvenated and unoperated look.

What is Deep Plane Neck Lift

Deep place neck lift is one type of neck lift surgery that involves sculpting of the deeper structures of the face to produce dramatic and long-lasting neck rejuvenation results. Traditional and more conservative approaches to neck lift usually entail submental liposuction, platysma plication, and removal of some subplatysmal fat. With the deep plane technique, excess fat below the platysma layer as well as low-hanging submandibular glands and digastric muscles are trimmed for additional contour improvement. The platysma muscle is sutured back together at midline and also tacked up under the jawline laterally for maximal resuspension of the muscle layer. The deep plane approach to neck lift surgery is more aggressive and is associated with longer recovery but ultimately produces a more definitive and longer lasting surgical outcome. Dr. Tina Ho is a neck lift and jawline contouring specialist with experience in deep plane neck lift surgery and will thoroughly assess each neck lift candidate to determine whether they may benefit from deep plane neck lift.

After a Neck Lift

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Each neck lift surgery is unique. Therefore, the types of incisions used vary. Swelling, bruising, and tenderness also vary.

Hematomas and seromas cause healing problems after surgery. To avoid these, Dr. Ho usually places closed suction drains in the neck to collect drainage. She also puts a compression dressing around the head and neck.

Every neck contouring patient will follow up with Dr. Ho the first day after surgery. During this, she will remove and replace the compression dressing. She will also remove drains. Each patient will then return at one and two weeks after surgery. At this time, Dr. Ho will remove sutures and staples.

The patient manages bruising and swelling using icing, head elevation, and their compression dressing. Most bruising and swelling is gone in two weeks. Patients can also treat post-operative pain with prescribed medication.

People see improvements right away or after swelling is gone. After surgeries, Dr. Ho follows up with her patients. Through this, she ensures that each patient heals smoothly. She also makes sure that each patient is happy with their results.

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This lovely patient was concerned by the fullness of her upper neck and lack of jawline definition as well as her nasal hump. She originally saw me for consultation for chin liposuction but was ultimately better suited for mini neck lift surgery. Based on her genetics and face/neck anatomy, this patient not only required removal of superficial fat below her chin but more importantly deeper sculpting including resuspension of her neck muscles (platysmaplasty) and deeper fat and gland removal below the muscle layer. She also desired a conservative approach to rhinoplasty to gently shave down her nasal hump and rotate her tip.

Six months later, this patient is beaming with the dramatically rejuvenated jawline contour and neck she never had as well as a refined nose that is in harmony with her facial features. Submental liposuction alone would have produced very conservative results.

“I perform a specialized deep plane neck lift technique that definitively resuspends the skin, deeper tissues, and platysma muscle to produce dramatic yet still natural, youthful results for each neck lift patient.”

Dr. Tina Ho

Dr. Tina Ho


What is Mini Neck Lift surgery?
Traditional neck lift surgery restores a youthful appearance to the neck by redraping and resuspending the skin and deeper layers of the skin. A Mini neck lift procedure can be described as a modified version of traditional neck lift surgery that involves smaller incisions and less tissue resuspension. This surgery is ideal for surgical candidates with milder laxity of neck skin and muscle issues or those with good skin tone but require deeper sculpting and resuspension of the neck that goes beyond chin liposuction. Mini neck lift surgery is therefore a less invasive procedure with shorter duration and downtime compared to traditional neck lift surgery.
What is Revision Neck Lift surgery?
Revision neck lift surgery refers to a neck lift procedure that is performed on a patient with history of previous neck lift. A patient may be a candidate for revision neck lift if they are seeking corrective surgery to improve a new or persistent deformity after fully healing from recent surgery or repeat surgery several years following primary neck lift. While neck lift surgery delivers permanent results, the surgical results may only last for several years out and then start to fade since the neck continues to age with time. Revision neck lift surgery is typically much more challenging compared to primary neck lift given that the neck anatomy is altered with scar tissue present. The risks of bleeding and poor healing as well as needed surgical time may be higher with revision surgery.

Challenges for Women in Plastic Surgery

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“[…] I was looking to have some refresher work done. Luckily, I found Dr. Tina Ho, who specializes in plastic surgery in the Philadelphia area. She has extensive experience in both cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery techniques. [Dr. Ho] also strives to provide meticulous, creative, and personalized care throughout the entire surgical process with the end goal of delivering beautiful and natural results.

So Why Do You Recommend Dr. Ho?

“While women continue to make up the majority of plastic surgery patients, most surgeons are male. […] a female plastic surgeon better understands the feelings you have about your body and its aging process. With a female plastic surgeon, you can trust that you’ll be treated with the utmost compassion. You may also feel more comfortable showing another woman the areas of your body you’d like to enhance without fear of judgment.

“I can attest to the fact that sitting in front of a male plastic surgeon, even one of the best, [picking apart your face/body] is embarrassing, intimidating, and humiliating. Plus, it is hard to point out concerns about our face or body to a man. However, a female plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Ho, can identify more closely with how women’s bodies develop over time.

“[…] all plastic surgeons want you to feel more confident in your appearance, but a woman can better understand your body and why you’re seeking plastic surgery. As a female plastic surgeon and mother, Dr. Ho can help you translate your treatment goals into realistic outcomes.

Consult with Dr. Ho

“If you’re a woman looking into cosmetic surgery and to achieve your desired aesthetic, it’s worth your time to consult with Dr. Tina Ho, who’s not only qualified and experienced but your same gender. [Dr. Ho] is extremely accessible and makes it a point to address any questions or concerns you may have, and she focuses on recommending the right procedure(s) for you.”


Ideal Candidates

The ideal neck lift candidate is a healthy non-smoker. Good candidates have no remarkable medical or surgical history. Additionally, good candidates do not take blood-thinning medications. Ideal candidates also have strong bony facial features, normal hyoid position, and good skin tone. Neck plastic surgery is best used for moderate to severe sagging.

The Dedo classification of the aging neck helps surgeons decide who is right for lower face and neck surgeries like submental liposuction, facelifts, and neck lifts. The problems to be addressed also play a role.

Dedo classification
In this, Class I patients have good skin and muscle tone. They also have little fat and an ideal cervicomental angle. Class II, III, IV, and V patients have skin laxity, local fat accumulation, platysmal banding, and a weak chin, respectively. Finally, Class VI patients have an abnormal hyoid position and will likely have suboptimal neck lift results.

Dr. Ho uses the Dedo classification, as well as her aesthetic experience and intuition, to achieve beautiful results.

What Is Platysma Banding?

Platysma muscle hyperactivity causes platysma banding. Neck bands are is one of the first signs of aging in the neck. These neck bands look like vertical neck lines, usually in the midline of the neck. They become worse with facial movements.

For some patients, non-surgical options like neurotoxin injections are the best option for platysma banding. If the harsh neck bands can also be seen at rest, surgeons can best address them using neck lift surgery. In these cases, Dr. Ho uses a platysma plication technique. Dr. Ho resuspends platysma muscles at the midline and in the lateral neck. After this, patients see beautiful long-term results.

Dr. Ho is experienced in both non-surgical and surgical neck band treatments. As a result of this, she can recommend the best option based on neck anatomy and goals.

Other Procedures

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Plastic surgeons sometimes perform other procedures along with a neck lift, depending on the patient. They include facelifts, fat transfers, submental lipo, chin augmentation, laser resurfacing, and eyelid surgery.

If these additional procedures are right for a patient, Dr. Ho will talk to the patient about them.

Neck Lift Cost

Neck lift pricing varies. This is because the cost is based on the surgeon’s skill and approach. Additionally, the amount of tissue removed and surgical time affect neck lift price. The average cost ranges from $6000-$10000 plus facility fees, depends on the extent of work needed, level of difficulty of surgery, and amount of time needed.

Find Out More

To learn more about the neck lift in Philadelphia, contact our office for a consultation. During it, Dr. Tina Ho will answer your questions.
Your Neck Lift will be performed by Dr. Tina Ho in her surgery center in Philadelphia.

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