This procedure results in a smoother, natural, and youthful lower face contour. Many men who have this plastic surgery report significant improvements to their profile and feel much better about their facial appearance.

Houston, TX plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Balinger offers neck lift procedures to patients in Houston, Conroe, and surrounding Texas communities. 

The surgeon understands that your best self is connected to your self-confidence. Working with a team of experienced clinicians, Dr. Christopher goes out of his way to make sure that each patient is comfortable, safe, and happy with their procedure outcome. He uses state of the art equipment and advanced surgical methods to achieve the best result while minimizing the risk of side effects such as scarring.

Do I need neck lift surgery? 

Neck lift surgery, also referred to as a lower rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic procedure that aims to address visible signs of aging in the neck and jawline. You may be an ideal candidate for a neck lift procedure if:

  • You are in good physical and emotional health
  • You have loose neck skin that makes you look older 
  • You have excess fatty tissue under your chin
  • You have muscle banding on your neck
  • You are not overweight and are close to your ideal weight goal 
  • You have a positive outlook and realistic expectations about the outcome of a neck lift

Most people who decide to have a neck lift are in their 40s or 50s. A typical lower rhytidectomy can last up to 10 years, so it may be possible to have a refresher neck lift in the future as long as you have good skin elasticity. Keep in mind that neck lift is a highly individualized procedure. It may be difficult to pinpoint the precise best age for this procedure. Furthermore, people have different life experiences, including sun exposure, genetic traits, diet, smoking, etc. When you visit Dr. Balinger for your first Houston neck lift consultation, the surgeon will listen to you and examine your lower face before letting you know whether this surgical treatment is for you.

Your initial consultation

During your first neck lift consultation, Dr. Balinger will ask questions and review your medical history to learn more about your health. The surgeon will also examine your neck and lower face before moving forward to the next step. This initial consultation – which is offered free of charge at Dr. Balinger’s office – is an opportunity to learn more about what this surgery entails, and what you can expect from the treatment

Neck Lift VS. Neck Liposuction

Dr. Balinger may perform a full neck lift or liposuction to suit the goals of the surgery.

Full Neck Lift

This is a typical neck lift procedure in which excess skin is trimmed away, and unwanted fat removed to reveal a desirable lower face contour. This comprehensive surgery is useful for correcting bands, displaced fats, sagging or wrinkled skin, or an undefined jawline (jowls).


In some cases, the surgeon may decide that it is more beneficial to perform neck lipo instead of a full neck lift. This is particularly common for patients who have good skin laxity and whose cosmetic problems result from displaced fat. The surgeon will create tiny incisions and use a special suction tube known as a cannula to remove excess fat from the lower face region. This type of neck lift is ideal for addressing a double chin caused by excess fat, displaced fat hanging in the neck, and accumulation of fat along the jawline.

Dr. Balinger is uniquely positioned to recommend the best type of neck lift to reach your goals. The surgeon will discuss the suitability of each method, and let you know what you can expect from the surgery.

Prepare for Your Facelift

During your first neck lift consultation, Dr. Balinger will ask questions and review your medical history to learn more about your health. The surgeon will also examine your neck and lower face before moving forward to the next step. This initial consultation – which is offered free of charge at Dr. Balinger’s office – is an opportunity to learn more about what this surgery entails, and what you can expect from the treatment

Plan Your Procedure in Houston TX

Lift neck treatment prices can vary dramatically based on the extensiveness of the treatment. Most of Dr. Balinger’s neck surgery patients can expect to pay between $6,000 and $9,500 for this treatment. Health insurers typically do not pay for cosmetic procedures. During your consultation visit with Dr. Balinger, the surgeon will provide more info and generate a cost estimate based on a personalized treatment plan developed for you. The surgeon offers financing options for his patients in Houston, Conroe, and surrounding TX areas.

Your Surgical Experience

Neck lift surgery is an outpatient surgery that is performed at Dr. Balinger’s in-office operating room or an accredited surgical facility. This surgery is usually performed in three steps.

1. Administer Anesthesia
A lift neck procedure may be performed under IV sedation or general anesthesia, based on the specifics of the treatment and the surgeon’s preference. Feel free to discuss the choice of anesthesia with the surgeon during one of your pre-op consultation visits.

2. Create Incision
The surgeon will create a tiny incision in the appropriate location. Dr. Balinger makes sure to camouflage incisions under the chin, behind the ears, or within the natural creases of the neck. Sagging skin and excess fat will be removed in line with the goals of the surgery.

3. Close Incision
After all the desired changes have been completed, the surgeon will close the incision appropriately. The treatment area will then be bandaged to protect it.

A neck lift surgery typically takes between 2 and 4 hours to complete, depending on the extensiveness of the treatment. Immediately after the surgery, you will be placed in an observation room where Dr. Balinger’s team monitors your vitals before you are allowed to go home for recovery.

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Recovery After a Neck Lift

How long it takes to recover after this plastic surgery can vary dramatically from one person to the other based on the extensiveness of the treatment, and the patient’s unique healing ability. In the first 10 or so days following this treatment, patients experience bruising, swelling, and discomfort. You will be required to keep your head still and avoid any twisting or turning. 

You will also be given pain medication to help alleviate discomfort, as well as antibiotics to prevent infections. You can expect to resume normal activities after about 2 weeks. However, you will need to avoid strenuous activities such as heavy lifting, bending over, and vigorous exercises until the surgeon allows you to do so. Make sure to adhere to the surgeon’s post-op instructions in order to ensure a speedy recovery. Dr. Balinger’s office is available to answer your questions and provide the support you need throughout the recovery duration.

Meet the Surgeon

Christopher Balinger, MD, brings keen professionalism to the operating table. With each patient, the surgeon creates a highly customized plan to achieve the desired procedure outcome while working to eliminate or minimize the risk of scarring and other side effects. Dr. Balinger is uniquely skilled to perform this plastic surgery treatment and a host of other cosmetic surgeries. He works with a team of highly qualified support staff who are committed to the safety and well being of their patients. If you are looking for the best plastic surgeon in Houston for neck lift, get in touch with Dr. Balinger’s office today.

Houston Plastic Surgery Associates

Average Cost

$6,000 - $9,500

Procedure Time

2-4 Hours

Recovery Time

2 Weeks


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Are you so focused on making your face look younger that you have overlooked how the aging process has changed your neck? The neck is often one of the areas to develop the earliest signs of aging, so we invite you to learn about the benefits of a neck lift. Dr. Balinger offers a neck lift for men and women in Houston, Conroe and the surrounding areas of Texas.


What is a neck lift?

A neck lift is an anti-aging cosmetic surgery that helps with sagging skin, lax muscles, fat deposits, and other issues that develop in the neck area. Men and women often plan their cosmetic procedures according to how their faces make them look older, yet your neck can also add years to your appearance due to:

  • 'Banding' of two vertical muscles on the front of the neck
  • 'Turkey wattle' skin that hangs down from the area under the chin to the top of the neck
  • Skin that has a crepe paper appearance
  • Pockets of fat that give the neck a lumpy appearance

How much does a neck lift cost?

The average cost of a neck lift is $6,000 to $9,500. After you discuss the benefits of a neck lift with Dr. Balinger, we explain the cost of your neck rejuvenation surgery. Houston Plastic Surgery Associates offers free initial consultations at our offices in Houston and Conroe, as well as financing options for our patients.

What are the benefits of a neck lift?

  • Corrects 'banding' of the muscles
  • Removes excess skin and fat
  • Produces a more contoured and youthful appearance
  • May be combined with a mini or traditional facelift for dramatic anti-aging benefits

How is a neck lift performed?

Incisions for a neck lift are made around the ears, and Dr. Balinger may also make a smaller incision under your chin. If you have lax muscles or “bands,” he will use sutures to reposition and tighten the muscles. Small areas of fat may be removed with liposuction. Once the contours of the neck are improved, he pulls the skin taut and trims the excess.

What is recovery like after a neck lift?

You will need to rest at home for up to two weeks after your neck lift procedure. Any strenuous activities should be postponed for up to one month. Expect to have swelling and bruising that is most significant during the first week after the surgery. You may also notice a pulling sensation, tingling, numbness, and burning. These are indications that the area is healing. We recommend that you have a friend or family member stay with you for the first few days to help with any of your daily needs.

How long will neck lift results last?

In many cases, the results of a neck lift last for several years. You should take measures to protect the skin from any sun damage, as this can expedite the aging process.

Dr. Christopher Balinger offers neck lifts for men and women in Houston, Conroe, and the nearby communities in Texas. Contact us today to schedule a free neck lift consultation at our office in Houston or our office in Conroe.

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