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Before & After
What Is a Neck Lift?
A neck lift rejuvenates the neck. Surgeons perform it on their 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 sagging. 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
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 neck lift 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 neck lift technique that resuspends the skin, deeper tissues like the SMAS (superficial musculoaponeurotic system) layer, and platysma muscle. Because of this, the results look dramatic, natural, and youthful. She also often performs submental liposuction, neck sculpting, and laser skin resurfacing. Consequently, the 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 Neck Lift?
Deep neck lift is one type of neck lift surgery that involves sculpting 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 neck lift 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 the midline and also tacked up under the jawline laterally for maximal resuspension of the muscle layer. The deep neck lift 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 neck lift surgery and will thoroughly assess each neck lift candidate to determine whether they may benefit from a deep neck lift.
Who is the Ideal Neck Lift Candidate?
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.
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.
I am writing this review because I am so impressed with Dr. Tina Ho. About 7 years ago, I had plastic surgery by one of the best plastic surgeons in the Manhattan/Greenwich, Ct area. A surgeon whose clients include many tv personalities including Kathy Lee.
I was very pleased with the results. Needless to say, years later I looked to have some refresher work done, luckily I found Dr. Tina Ho who specializes in plastic surgery in the Bucks County/Philadelphia area. She has extensive experience in both cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery techniques. She 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. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the female-to-male ratio of plastic surgeons is approximately 1:5. Opening up to a stranger about your insecurities can be nerve-wracking.
That said, 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 both embarrassing, intimidating, and humiliating. Plus, it is hard to point out concerns about our faces 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. Ultimately it’s easier to talk to woman-to-woman about your problem areas, so it might be best to work with a female surgeon.
It is a given that 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.
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. She takes the time to discuss your surgical goals and expected outcomes, as well as, the surgery and recovery process. She 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.
Dr. Tina Ho has a passion for combining surgery with aesthetics to help you achieve a youthful face and body that’s beautiful, proportional and natural-looking. She knows that no two patients are the same and she takes the time to understand your unique surgical goals. Dr. Ho takes great pride in seeing her patients enjoy a boost in their confidence and self-esteem following plastic surgery. A very satisfied, Dr. M.
BEFORE & AFTER PHOTOS
Mini Neck Lift
Mini Neck Lift: Before and After
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.
After a Neck Lift
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 on 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 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 compression dressing. Most bruising and swelling are gone in two weeks. Patients can also treat post-operative pain with prescribed medication.
People see improvements right away or after the 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.
Before & After
Deep Neck Lift
Deep Neck Lift: Before and After
This wonderful patient came to me for surgical consultation seeking chin liposuction to improve her jawline and neck contour. Her exam however demonstrated laxity and bulkiness of her deeper neck structures — particularly of her neck muscles — rather than abundant superficial fat in the chin and upper neck area.
I recommended my signature deep mini neck lift to achieve the most definitive surgical results. During surgery, I performed chin liposuction as well as platysmaplasty and debulking of the patient’s large, ptotic anterior digastric muscles.
Three months later, this patient has healed beautifully and already is demonstrating a snatched jawline. We are so thrilled with her results!
“I perform a specialized deep 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
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, depending on the extent of work needed, level of difficulty of surgery, and amount of time needed.
I am beyond thrilled with the results of my mini neck lift with Dr. Ho. The entire process was so seamless and she does absolutely beautiful work. If you are on the fence, I can assure you that the results will be well worth it!
I received a mini neck lift and a chin augmentation in May 2022 and I am thrilled with the results of the procedure. Prior to surgery, Dr. Ho made sure any questions I had were thoughtfully answered. My incision scars have healed so well thanks to Dr. Ho’s extraordinary skill. Additionally, Dr. Ho has frequently followed up with me in person to check on my healing. So thankful for such a positive experience.
– TJ Deitz
In May 2022, I (20 M) had a mini neck lift and chin augmentation done. I am extremely happy with the results of the procedure and feel so much more confident about my side profile than ever before. Dr. Ho was so clear about everything that the procedures entailed and spent a lot of time making sure all of my questions/concerns were addressed. My incisions have healed so well thanks to how skillfully they were done. Additionally, Dr. Ho has frequently followed up with me to make sure the healing process was going as planned. Dr. Ho’s staff is also incredibly helpful, professional, and kind.
Dr. Ho, thank you so much for your excellent skill and care. I am totally thrilled with the results of my neck lift surgery. I was very apprehensive before my surgery but the reassuring appointments that we had pre-surgery really help. I would also like to thank for your all the follow up appointments and kind attention over the past 7 months! I would also like to thank you for the special care that you provide to my daughters and wife. You are a truly gifted surgeon and a kindhearted person. Sincerely, thanks again for everything!
– Jim Mazza
After years of being self conscious about extra bulk under my chin despite an average overall weight, I finally scheduled some virtual consultations with a few doctors late last summer. While other doctors spent just a few minutes with me and said chin lipo, Dr. Ho was the only one to suggest I might want to consider a neck lift in addition to the chin lipo for a better result, noting that it could be muscle instead of fat, and recommended an in person consult as a follow up. I felt like she took the time to truly assess my options and give me a personal recommendation of what would deliver the best result, unlike the other doctors I spoke with. After an in person consultation, we scheduled the chin lipo with an optional neck lift if it was deemed necessary once the procedure was underway. And thank goodness that was the plan because, as it turned out, it was mostly muscle! Her foresight meant that I got a spectacular result because we had planned for the neck lift. Had I gone other routes of just the chin lipo or kybella that other providers pushed, I would not have seen much change at all. Thanks to Dr. Ho, I now have a stunning profile that has healed beautifully with minimal scarring. She’s been supportive all throughout, helping me practically immediately with my many questions that have popped up. I can’t thank her enough and would hands down go back to her for any future needs.
Dr. Ho performed an upper eyelid surgery and a lower face lift on my wife. The left eyelid was torn by a dog bite – it was gruesome. Dr. Ho came out in the middle of the night, 8 months pregnant to repair my wife’s torn eye. Her eyes look gorgeous. This prompted my wife’s decision for a lower face lift. WOW. My wife has the jaw and neck line of a super model. The jaw and neck line she never had. Stunning work by Dr. Ho!! Ask for pics and see for yourself!
– Timothy Carlin
In March of 2021 I received a Deep Neck Plane Lift by Dr. Tina Ho. Upon meeting her on our virtual consultation she educated me on the process and different options I had. She was well spoken and immediately made me feel comfortable. I drove from Rhode Island to Philidelphia for this procedure and it was the best decision I have ever made for myself. Thanks to Dr. Tina Ho I am now more comfortable in my skin and confident. I will continue to see her in the future and highly recommend to those who are thinking of going to her.
– Kimberly Rees
She is by far the best facial plastic surgeon. I’ve been rejected by 2 top doctors to do my tip rhinoplasty and she was not hesitant to take me on. She did a mini neck lift as well with a chin implant. I can’t recommend her enough. My results were beautiful and natural. First two photos are pre op. Bottom 2 are 4 months post op. Can’t wait for the final results.
Dr. Ho is an amazing provider, surgeon, injector and teacher! She is very thorough when explaining what is going to happen during your treatment. And takes her time to ensure your perfect results! She is the best! I highly recommend anyone to book with her!
– Kelly Moore
Dr. Ho is professional and nice. I’m really happy with my neck lift!
– Minnie Hu
Find Out More
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 requires 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 a history of previous neck lifts. A patient may be a candidate for a 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 a 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.
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.