Neck Lift

(Local Anesthesia)


Neck Lift

(General Anesthesia)


Procedure Time: 2 Hrs

Recovery Time: 6-10 days

NECK LIFT –With Dr. David Santos

Saggy skin, fat build up, or a “turkey wattle” appearance to the neck is common as we age. This can lead to a loss of confidence in their appearance and to look older than they feel. Luckily, facial plastic surgeon, Dr. David Santos at Seattle Plastic Surgery, performs a surgery known as a neck lift. Dr. Santos offers his neck lifts to residents of the Seattle and Tacoma areas. Seattle Plastic Surgery also offers concierge services for lodging and transportation for those traveling from out of town.

Typical Motivations For A Seattle Neck Lift:

While every neck lift patient has their own reasoning, there are many reasons to seek a neck lift in Seattle. A few of these include:

  • Improve the overall look and contour of the neck
  • Look younger
  • Get rid of extra or stubborn fat
  • Remove excess skin


There are a variety of methods for performing a neck lift and the method Dr. Santos uses will depend on the amount of aging apparent in your neck, your medical history, your body, and many other factors. 

For some patients, a simple liposuction procedure may allow them to see the results they want. Other patients may need liposuction along with another procedure. In a consultation with Dr. Santos, he can determine the best surgical technique for your Tacoma neck lift.

On average, the surgery includes small incisions in or easily hidden by natural creases of the body. Dr. Santos will inform you of the best location for your neck lift incisions. Through these incisions he will pull and tighten the muscles, remove extra fat and skin, and create the desired look of the neck. Depending on the scope of your neck lift in Tacoma, the surgery may treat the lower jaw area in addition to the neck. 

Dr. Santos performs your neck lift in our state-licensed and welcoming surgery center. The procedure can take anywhere between 2 and 3 hours, but it will vary based on the technique required for your Tacoma neck lift and if you chose to combine your neck lift with other surgeries.


Most neck lift patients are between the ages of 40 and 80 and have aging in the neck and lower face. Neck lifts are popular among men and women who want to remove the “turkey wattle” look to the neck. 

Non-smoking and generally healthy patients are ideal because they carry less risk and will often heal better after surgery. Patients with blood disorders, autoimmune disorders, or any poorly managed illness will need to approach their neck lift surgeries carefully and make sure to tell Dr. Santos their entire medical history, so that he can make an informed decision on whether a neck lift in Tacoma is right for you.


A Seattle neck lift is a surgery designed to contour the neck and give it a more youthful appearance and shape. Dr. Santos achieves this by removing extra skin and fat in the area as well as tightening the muscles and skin. 

Every neck lift procedure is different because Dr. Santos will cater his surgical technique to your needs and body. But, the goal of each procedure is generally the same, to eliminate the “turkey wattle” from the neck and create a neck that looks slimmer and younger.

Neck problems and imperfections that a neck lift can and do usually address include: loose or excess neck skin, heavy jowls, wrinkles on the neck or lower face, fat deposits on the neck, and sun or wind damage to the neck.

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    Most Surgeons Require General Anesthesia, Dr. Santos is so Skilled at Facial Procedures He is Able To Perform Under Local Anesthesia, reducing Patient Risk and Cost

    Is It Often Combined With Other Procedures?

    Because a neck lift only focuses on the neck and the immediate surrounding areas, many patients choose to combine a Seattle neck lift with other procedures such as blepharoplasty, facelift, or brow lift. When you choose to undergo these surgeries at the same time, it allows you to recover from them at the same time and only go under anesthesia (whether local or general) once. This is less stressful on the body and can help you achieve optimal results.

    Procedures often performed with a neck lift include: 

    Local vs. General Anesthesia:

    Throughout his over two decades career in facial plastic surgery, Dr. Santos has continued to refine his techniques so patients get the best results and the safest surgeries possible. One of these innovations included being one of the first cosmetic surgeons to use local anesthesia during his surgeries. This lowers risk and the chance of uncomfortable side effects caused by general anesthesia.

    Combined with a light oral sedative, you are not fully awake or asleep under local anesthesia. The procedure areas are completely numb and you will not feel any pain during surgery and often do not have full awareness. For many patients–especially those who have experienced complications from general anesthesia in the past–this can allow them to undergo a neck lift in Seattle.



    • More cost effective
    • Safer and less stressful on the body
    • For high risk patients or those with pre-existing conditions, it can lower risks of surgery
    • Reduces recovery time and easier recovery
    • Can lead to side effects and complications after surgery like nausea, vomiting, and dizziness among others
    • Higher risk for those with certain medical conditions
    • Requires more care during recovery
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    After Surgery: 

    Immediately after coming out of surgery, you will need someone to drive you home and care for you the first day after surgery. While you can expect some functionality at home the day after your procedure, it is important to rest and focus on recovering.

    Dr. Santos will provide you with a custom neck lift recovery and aftercare plan. There is usually not much need for pain medication, but Dr. Santos can advise you on which over-the-counter painkillers are safe to take if you need them. He will also fit you with a neck brace to wear for a few days after recovery. This brace ensures your neck does not move around too much, reduces swelling, and helps make you sure you receive the best results from your Tacoma neck lift.

    You can expect to take six to ten days off work, but Dr. Santos can better advise you during your consultation and after surgery. He permits returning to work on a case-by-case basis and staying in close contact with Dr. Santos will allow you to know the moment you can begin work again.

    Regardless of when you turn to work, Dr. Santos usually restricts exercise and other strenuous activities for two weeks after surgery. Again, this will depend upon your unique recovery. Usually, he will not allow full exercise for at least two weeks.  


    A neck lift with Dr. Santos in Seattle begins at $5995 with local anesthesia and $7495 under general anesthesia. These prices can vary depending upon your particular procedure and on whether or not you combine it with other cosmetic surgeries. 

    Seattle Plastic Surgery works with medical financing companies including Care Credit to help finance your neck lift. You can find more information and apply on our Financing page.


    Dr. Santos is an often sought facial plastic surgeon. Double board-certified from the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Santos is one of the leaders of facial cosmetic procedures in the Pacific Northwest. He continues to educate and learn as a surgeon, always wanting to improve his procedures to better serve Seattle and Tacoma patients.

    Seattle Plastic Surgery is located in downtown Seattle on Broadway across from Swedish Hospital. The convenient location offers easy access for local patients. It is also close to hotels for patients traveling from elsewhere to seek care from Dr. Santos.

    When you come in for a consultation with Dr. Santos, he will lead a discussion about your expectations for your neck lift, your medical history, and any questions or concerns you have about the procedure. He will then examine your neck and lower facial area to determine if you are a candidate for a Seattle neck lift.

    To schedule a consultation with Dr. Santos at Seattle Plastic Surgery, call us at 206-324-1120. Chat by clicking the icon in the lower left hand corner of your screen. Or, you can Contact Us by filling out the form below.

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