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What is a Non-Surgical Neck Lift?

By Amy Hunter
Updated May 21, 2024
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As we age, it is normal for our skin to become more pliable and lose elasticity. While some people consider cosmetic surgery for this issue, others prefer a less drastic option. A non-surgical neck lift can tighten the skin around the jawline, reduce the appearance of scarring and soften lines that lead to wrinkles.

A non-surgical neck lift is an excellent choice for many people. The process uses radio frequency energy, combined with cooling waves, to treat the skin. The cooling waves allow the physician to use a good deal of heat from the radio frequencies.

When the hot waves are applied to the skin, the collagen of the skin reacts by tightening and strengthening. This leads to a younger look. Unlike more traditional plastic surgery, there are few risks associated with non-surgical neck lifts. Burns to the skin are a possibility, but can be avoided in most cases by choosing an experienced practitioner.

A The doctor will first provide you with an oral pain medication. He will then administer a topical pain medication to the areas where he will be working. Once the area is numb he will begin the procedure. A side effect some people experience after a non-surgical neck lift is a sensation of tingling, burning or soreness in the area for a few days to a few weeks after the process. This is a temporary condition, and does not lead to long term problems.

The machine that generates the radio frequency waves has a small tip that is passed over each area that is to be treated. Each area must be treated with a pulse of the machine, which takes from two to seven seconds. You may experience no pain at all, a mild stinging sensation or actual pain. The level of pain experienced depends on the individual and the amount of pain medication provided by the doctor.

The entire procedure, from preparation to completion typically takes around two hours. Depending on the type of pain medication that you have received, you may need someone else to drive you home. You can expect redness that should fade by the end of the day, and some swelling for up to a week. While the improvement from a non-surgical neck lift will not be apparent immediately, you should see results within a month. Improvements will continue for up to six months, and last from five to ten years.

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Discussion Comments

By lightning88 — On Jan 20, 2011

How much would you say a neck lift like this would cost? I am doing a research project about the cost of cosmetic surgery in different parts of the world and how different procedures vary in cost, and I'm kind of running up against a wall.

I am really quite inexperienced about face and neck lifts, but it seems to me by looking at the different web sites of cosmetic surgeons like the price is pretty arbitrary -- I mean, it seems to just be whatever the plastic surgeon decides it should be.

Am I missing out on something here; are neck lift costs just arbitrary, or is there some hidden pattern that I'm missing?

I would really appreciate any information, particularly if you've got links to back it up.

Thank you!

By galen84basc — On Jan 18, 2011

Now, maybe I'm reading this wrong, but the way it seems to me is that the pulses of radio waves cause the collagen in the skin to tighten and strengthen -- wouldn't that just make it like leather?

Is this right? I can see how that would be better than wrinkles (I guess), but surely there's something I'm missing here, because I can't imaging that that many people would go in for a neck lift without surgery if all it did was to make their neck skin all hard and stiff.

Maybe I'm just not getting it -- I've never had any kind of lift, neck or otherwise, so I am totally inexperienced in this.

Has anybody reading this actually had one of these; can you tell me what it's like?

By closerfan12 — On Jan 17, 2011

Wow -- with this kind of neck lift procedure available, why would anybody even go with traditional neck lift surgery?

I've never gone in for plastic surgery myself, so I'm not super-experienced in this area, but I always hear these horror stories about people who get plastic surgery or neck lifts and end up with just hideous scars -- which kind of defeats the purpose of the procedure, in my opinion.

I guess that I could see the logic behind this one a little more though, since according to the article, the only risky side effect is burning.

Are there any reasons why a traditional neck lift would be better than a non-surgical one? I'm just really curious to know why anybody would go under the knife if they didn't have to!

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